Job Searching Online Opens The Door For Identity Fraud

Job Searching Online Opens The Door For Identity Fraud

It’s that time of year again when ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ rings throughout college campuses and new college graduates scramble to find jobs in their selective career fields. As job searches become even more reliant on online methods, the risk for identity theft increases substantially.

To obtain maximum exposure when job searching, many job-hunters post their full resume on public job boards or publicly facing career websites. While this may seem like a harmless and effective way to job search, identity thieves are cashing in on all the free information. Additionally, fake sites could appear as job boards and use your information to contact you about non-existing jobs or other scams1.

Resumes typically include personal information such as phone number, email address and street address which can be used to contact you and phish for additional information. Other basic information such as previous jobs and where you went to school could also be used as answers to security questions in online profiles. With identity fraud costing Americans more than 16 billion last year2, job seekers cannot afford to become  victims. If you or someone you know are about to embark on a next job search, follow these tips to help ensure your information remains secure.

  • Avoid posting your full resume on publicly facing sites. By submitting your resume directly to an organization rather than posting on job boards or job posting sites, you can greatly reduce the amount of information that is available for potential fraud. Using additional sites such as LinkedIn can also help to reduce potential fraud by keeping your full profile hidden from those you are not connected with.
  • Limit the amount of personal information on your resume. If you do need to keep your resume in the public eye, remove items such as your full address or phone number. Limiting the amount of available contact information can prevent identity thieves from using it to phish for additional information.
  • Ensure answers to security questions is not available on your resume. Many times, items such as the name or location of your first job or favorite college classes are used as answers to security questions for online accounts and profiles. When selecting security questions, ensure you are not using questions that can be answered with publicly facing information on your resume.

By following these tips, you can limit the amount of risk you encounter during what can already be a stressful time. PrivacyArmor® participants also have additional peace of mind that they are covered, should they become a victim of identity fraud.

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