Protecting Your Identity While Job Hunting
July 12, 2012
Jackie here, with AllClear ID. When you’re between jobs, the last thing you need to deal with is identity theft which can be time consuming and expensive to resolve. But if you aren’t careful, job hunting can put your identity at risk. Here are some tips to keep you safe while searching for a new job.
Keep Your Personal Information Off Your Resume
Your resume should highlight your experience in the field and your abilities, but it doesn’t need to include sensitive information like your Social Security number or driver’s license number. The same goes for job applications. If an application asks for this information simply write, “Will Disclose Upon Hire”. You don’t need to pass your Social Security number around the hundreds of business with whom you may apply.
Watch for Scams
Employment scams are everywhere in a job market flooded with searchers. Some job scam red flags include employers asking for banking or credit card information or employers contacting you over the phone asking for your Social Security number. If a job sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Keep your eyes open for check cashing scams as well. Never agree to cash checks or transfer money using your bank account.
Read Privacy Policies
As you post your information on job sites and search through job boards, make sure that you pay attention to privacy policies. Find out how these sites will protect and handle your personal information.
Give Your Resume to the Right Person
This job hunt tip won’t just protect your identity; it might help you land your next job. Find out who does the hiring at each job you are applying for and give your resume or application directly to them. This ensures that your resume makes it into the right hands and keeps your Social Security number from prying eyes (or the trashcan).
Check Your Credit
Job hunting does increase your identity theft risk which means that an extra credit check or two might be a good idea. Check your credit at www.annualcreditreport.com or sign up with our AllClear ID identity protection plan. This will help you find potential signs of id theft sooner.
The World Privacy Forum has prepared a great resource about job search privacy to help keep you safe as you search for your next job. Head on over there and check it out.