Control Your Online Resume
It’s 2010 and do you know where your resume is? Are you
I don’t mean which pile on your
desk or which file on your hard drive.
What I mean is do you know what happened to it after it left your
This past year has been challenging and many providers have
found themselves among those looking for work.
Technology has changed the way we search for a job; we no longer type up
a good old fashioned paper copy of our resume and mail it off to a prospective
employer. Instead today’s job seeker will apply by e-mail, fill out an online
application form or post their resume to online job boards (or all of the
above). Overall this has been a giant
step forward in terms of efficiency but there are also a few privacy
concerns you should keep in mind before you click “send.”
Working with a third party, such as a recruiter or
headhunter, is a great way to find a job. However, not all recruiters are
created equal and not all have the same ethical standards. Before you send your
resume off to a recruiter you should question them about their policies
regarding sharing or trading resumes. A reputable recruitment agency should
always ask your permission each and every time they wish to pass on your
resume. If they can’t guarantee they will safeguard your privacy then look for
Online job boards are another potential security leak.
Online boards offer to post your resume so it is visible to “thousands of
employers.” What they should really say is that you can post your resume and it
will be visible to “anyone who pays us a fee.” For a monthly fee these digital databases are regularly “mined,” not
only by employers but also recruiters. Again, there are unscrupulous recruiters
out there who deal in volume and play the odds.
What that means is they download any resume that even looks like a match
for a job description and then send it off to an employer with a job opening
hoping that if you are hired they will make a finder’s fee. This can all take place without your consent
or your knowledge because access to your resume was gained thorough a virtual
Be careful out there.
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