One of the most difficult parts of job searching today is that much of it is online. Many employers love the convenience and efficiency of posting jobs online and then filtering through resumes received via email or other online sources. It can be tough for a job seeker, however, to trust putting out their information into the digital world when fraud and identity theft is so rampant. As you are applying for jobs in San Luis Obispo, here are some steps that will keep your identity safe while online.
1. Omit certain information from your resume: you don't have to include your home address on your resume nowadays, which is one bit of information you may not want on a job board for the whole world to see. If you want to take even more safety measures, The Wall Street Journal recommends setting up temporary cell phone numbers and/or email addresses to further protect your personal information.
2. Use the privacy settings on job sites: many job sites offer privacy features that you can make use of during your job search, such as the ability to limit the number of people that can view your resume.
3. Be aware of your social media footprint: this doesnt necessarily relate directly to identity theft or fraud, but it has everything to do with common sense and it can hinder your hireability. If there is anything (such as embarrassing and/or inappropriate photos or posts) on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or some other social networking site that a potential employer can access, get rid of it. If you have to think hard on whether something is inappropriate, it probably is.
By Kyle Wise
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