A job search these days of course includes being online. No doubt you will respond to positions on job boards and probably post your resume on job boards as well. And of course employers expect you to be on a social media site like LinkedIn.
But never forget that being online exposes you to danger in ways that printed copies of the newspaper and snail mail did not. As you are searching for a new position, you need to be careful that your information does not fall into the wrong hands.
Here are some tips for staying safe online:
Don’t include your home address or home phone number when you post your resume to a public job board. Employers don’t have to know your home address or home phone number in order to contact you for an interview. What you do need to include is your city and state as well as an email address. You can also include a cell phone number since the cell phone is not easily traced back to your home address. Or you can take out a Google Voice number and tie it to your home or cell phone number.
Be careful of what you share on social media. Sometimes people overshare on social media. They will post information thinking that only their friends will see it, but hackers lurk in the shadows waiting to use information that you post against you. For example, you might be invited to an in-person interview out of town. If you post that information on social media, you run the risk of a hacker seeing it and using that information to schedule a break-in.
Never disclose your birth date on social media. Your birth date is a very important piece of information that needs to be kept secure. Identity thieves can use this information to steal your identity and wreak havoc on your life. It’s very common for people to share birthday information on Facebook in particular. Even though it feels good to have people wish you a happy birthday, you need to be very cautious because there are always shady people who are looking for someone to take advantage of.
This is practical advice for being smart and safe as you look for your next position.