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Let’s face it-nowadays you can’t be too careful.

I was a recruiter for a while and I have to say I’m a bit surprised at how trusting people can be. They sent me their resumes without hesitation. Thing is, when I placed my ads (often on Craigslist) the applicants didn’t know the name of the company. That’s because as a recruiter I needed to keep them connected to me, so I’d get credit for them. Sounds selfish but ya gotta pay the rent. But the issue with this is that as an individual rather than a company, you’re far more able to catfish aka pretend to be someone you’re not online, yet people send their resumes to you in bucket loads anyway. Resumes contain a lot of personal information; names, phone numbers, email addresses, and home addresses. People even talk about their personal interests on them (this blog post discusses whether or not that is actually a beneficial thing to do on your resume, but that’s a separate issue).

Knowing this, when I started working for that company I responded to a similar ad. But instead of just sending my resume, I wrote to them first and said, ” I’m interested in the position but before I send my resume I’d appreciate a link to your company website. Thank you for understanding.”

I had also done that with other companies. Either I got no response (no loss) or I got a response with the link to their website.

Anyway, ironically one of the products the company I worked for sells Identity Theft Protection, so I’m extra prickly about this subject.

I found out it’s not just credit they’re after. They can steal your identity and commit crimes or get medical treatment under your name:(

Wishing everyone the best in their job search! ~Diane Gerber

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