Resume - Privacy Management


With more and more sites tempting you to store your resume, and with most of us now freely forwarding a resume to recruiters & employers, it’s worth pausing for a moment to consider how you should protect your privacy.


LinkedIn and other Public Networking Sites:


Sites such as LinkedIn offer a perfect opportunity to network without having to really do much other than update your business profile. However, consider the following:


· Your profile can be viewed by anyone, so be prepared for unsolicited contact.

· Do not put your contact details (phone or address) on your profile.

· Remove any contact details on attachments within the site.

· Consider if listing your current employers name will be a problem.


Seek, My Career etc – Storage Sites


Most job sites offer candidates the opportunity to store their resume online i.e. you can opt to make your resume visible to potential employers via a database. This is a different service to that of the normally "Apply" process, and is usually found in your Account Management tools.


· Any paying employer and recruiter can search this database;

· Your company may have access, and therefore see your details;

· Any information and data listed is hard to control.


Recruitment Agencies:


When working with recruitment agencies, it's important that you keep control of the resume, content, data and information you have provided them.


· Remove references if you think the recruiter may call a referee without your knowledge;

· Keep track of where a recruiter sends your resume to;

· Recruiters must tell you if they are sending your resume out;

· If you are concerned about trust or privacy, have your details removed;

· You can ask to see what information the agency holds on you.



Don’t get caught out:


Manage privacy settings; think twice before you openly post information on sites. With recruiters, it’s down to you to manage where, when, and who sends your resume.  


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