Tara Gowland offers a recruiter’s advice to the job seeker considering posting a resume online. In a recent article, she gives three reasons not to do it:
- First there is identify theft – with all of your personal information in full view, it makes it just so much easier to steal your identity, mess with your credit and worse.
- Second – your manager or HR department can find it. I know this is common for many Corporate Recruiters and HR staff. When I worked as a Corporate Recruiter it was part of my daily routine to look up our company name in these resume databases and if I found any posted resumes, I forwarded them to HR or to their manager as a heads up. This way the manager could decide to try harder to keep you or help you out the door!
- There are many email scams these days- in fact there is one that is going around now that looks very legitimate – an “employer” emails you and asks you to answer interview questions. Once they receive your answers, more questions are forwarded to you. The a few days later, you get a very official-looking offer asking for it to be signed and faxed. A few top executives have apparently been fooled by these emails and this is one way for the scammers to find you – through your email address they got from your resume (not to mention getting your address and employment history as well!)
Read the full list, as she makes some valid points. Of course, as a recruiter, she might very well have added that when great candidates choose NOT to post their resume online, their recruiter benefits as well, because it makes the candidate more of a precious commodity in the marketplace.
Job seekers should know the risks and potential rewards of posting your resume online, and no one job search approach will work for everyone.