Misrepresentation and unwelcome solicitations seem to be a common problem for job-seekers who post their resumes on the job boards. One reader wrote: “Here’s a quick overview of my experience with job boards over the last three months:
- An interview with a career consultant who represented himself as a headhunter/recruiter.
- An interview with another headhunter associated with a job board.
- Requests for resumes from many other job-search Web sites.
- No feedback whatsoever from applications to listed jobs out of perhaps 75-80 occurrences.
Q: Should I be concerned about privacy violations and identity theft when I post my resume on the boards?
A: Unfortunately, yes.
As mentioned earlier, security breaches have resulted in leaked resume information affecting many job-board users. Pam Dixon, head of the World Privacy Forum, warns that many job sites still let too much information from resumes posted online get into the hands of third parties through online “cookies” that monitor Web surfing. To help prevent these violations, Dixon offers Privacy Tips for Online Job Seekers.
Q: I don’t want my current employer to see that my resume has been submitted to a job board, nor do I want any employers to contact my current employer. What can I do?
A: The most reputable job boards offer “confidential” settings.
Select the identity-revealing information that you want blocked out. Some boards enable you to set up an e-mail account with them so you don’t have to reveal your real e-mail address. And to keep employers from contacting your current employer, substitute “confidential” or “current employer” for the name of your employer on your resume or resume-submission form.
Q: It seems like some postings aren’t for real jobs or the postings are outdated. How can I avoid those situations?
Indeed, some of the jobs posted on job boards aren’t real or the postings are outdated, reports Stacey Bradford of The Wall Street Journal. Employers sometimes post these “fantasy jobs” as a sort of fishing expedition to check out the available talent. Bradford advises job-seekers to “avoid listings with vague job descriptions or those posted by anonymous recruiters.” An obvious approach to avoid outdated postings is to check the posting date. When a job board asks to be listed on Quintessential Careers, we always ask about the currency of their listings. Postings that appear directly on company career sites may also be more current than those on job boards.