Tuesday, August 09, 2005

7 ID Theft Prevention Tips for Job Boards

When searching on-line for new employment, be aware
you're also increasing your risk of identity theft
unless you follow a few basic, but vital tips.

When utilizing the various on-line resume posting
boards, a few areas to pay attention to protect
yourself from identity theft such as not including:

  1. Social Security Number (SSN)
  2. Driver's License Number
  3. Date of Birth (DOB)
  4. Marital Status
  5. Age
  6. Gender
  7. The school & year you graduated from

Did you know Reunion.com and Classmates.com
have affiliations and linkages to other on-line
data providers?

Criminals who specialize in on-line identity theft
know this.

Id thieves can easily use any of the above data to
retrieve your personal identifying information from
on-line reverse search directories.

Plus, some of those data items such as age & gender
are illegal for an employer to request from you in the
first place.

A truly interested prospective employer can always be
provided this information by you in person when you
gain an interview.

The major on-line resume posting & job boards such as
Monster.com allow you to anonymously post your resume.

We urge you to stick with those major sites because
they not only contain the majority of prospective
jobs, but usually are known for tighter screening of
potential employer listings and for following up on
reported scams.

Remember, finding a new job can be a rewarding goal;
especially when you utilize identity theft prevention