How can I make the right decision between having my full information made public, limited access or no access – some of the privacy factors to consider!
Finding the right balance between having detailed information public available on the net or not – taking the benefits and risks into consideration should involve several factors
- The proper balance depends on your situation / wishes and will change over time and should be flexible and easy to change
Make it easy to change between being public and not – ensure you can change accessibility or can delete / pause your presence at every CV database or Profile network you use
- The level of details should also be taken into consideration and be part of your planning
What is the purpose – relationship building, personal branding, experience marketing or job searching. There are different sites and or tools for each purpose – one size does fit it all!
- The freshness and correctness in the information should be considered carefully – to make it manageable
Besides relevant for your purpose, remember the more detailed you get, the more difficult it is to update and to ensure consistency in the data – ignoring this can have a substantial consequence as a serious reader would pick the next candidate, if the information creates more confusion.
- The general risk for any harassment’s from public information should be considered thoroughly
Need to show your full address ?
Need to show phone (all) numbers ?
Please do have in mind that if your CV information is public it will indexed by search engines and can also be found by any spammer. It would be rather simple not to show your email or obscure it by writing it as name[at]domain[dot]com or to show your name and email as a graphic file instead of text, these just to mention a few easy steps. Same principles applies for text formats – does it need to be as an editable text– or could it for instance be a non-editable PDF document?
I would also recommend some sort of read analysis – does anybody actually read the information – if not why not just close it down or change – and remember to update or change the text on a regular basis as it would drive more attention towards that specific document.
When developing Comoto it was evident for us that we had to make it possible for you to have several CV’s and give you the control if they should be either public or password protected – thus giving you not only full control of accessibility but also over the level of details – and we also make it easy for you to ensure consistency in your data with our inheritance of data from one CV to another CV.