Protect Your Identity During Your Job Search

Do you protect your identity in the world? Most people will say yes, but have you thought about this when you are job seeking? Could the data in your resume be a threat to your identity?

Majority identity theft happens across online banking and shopping platforms. However your resume can also put you at risk.

Your name, address, phone number and email contact makes it an easy target to clever thieves. Be aware that a word file can have information about you in the properties section, always check this (use the File Heading then click Info).

When it comes to job seeking, it’s difficult to keep personal information private. How do you balance that with the need to look for your next big break? Fear not, for we have gathered this checklist to help safeguard your sensitive data when applying for work and start to protect your identity.

Use these quick steps to safeguard yourself and protect your identity during your job search:

Double-check the information on your resume

When we create our resumes, we ensure mobile numbers and email addresses are seen clearly visible to help facilitate easy contact between us and the employer. You resume, containing your phone number, email, and home address are the three key ingredients in the identity theft cocktail. So when you next post on a public job board, just double-check the information presented on your resume is removed of any specific contact particulars.

Do not give out your TFN or any I.D. number! EVER!

This may feel like a no brainer, but it’s worth refreshing. There’s online employment scams where the job seeker receives an email (or a call) stating they’ve obtained an interview, however it’s contingent upon the provision of an identification number (TFN etc). It is illegal to collect any piece of information that’s as sensitive as your TFN or even to do a background check until after an applicant has been interviewed.

Try applying on the employer’s site, directly

If the paragraphs above made you think twice about sending resumes on public job boards, you could try sending your resume straight through the employer’s site. Doing so requires more than just clicking the “Apply Now” box you receive in your emails. Sure, you could still scout public job boards, but try and go the extra mile and visit the employers’ site directly. The reduced risk of allowing your personal information fall into the wrong hands will be worthwhile.

Change your passwords regularly

There’s always a lot on our minds, so passwords should be something easily remembered right? While we’re on the mood for that extra peace of mind, changing our passwords into something that’s not our birthday or our pet’s name will best do the trick to reduce identity theft. Keeping passwords quirky (peppering it with special characters and numbers), and change them regularly. Use sites like Last Past to record them, and test their strength at How Secure Is My Password.

Bear these points in mind and be more confident when you next go on the hunt for your next big break. It’s true; the Internet CAN be a dangerous place, but vigilance (and some common sense) do pay off!

“If we all don’t act now to safeguard our privacy, we all could be victims of identity theft.” – Bill Nelson


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