by Bill Golden
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) recently published a job search story called How to Protect Your Privacy When Job Hunting.
While the WSJ advice is brief and easy to read, the WSJ offers some very useful advice. Putting your resume out there does make you findable — findable not only by potential employers but also by your current employer and worse: scammers and other folks with ill intent.
An alternative to not putting your resume out there is that employers often prefer to search resumes rather than wade through responses to job advertisements. Survey says that if you advertise a job that the overwhelming majority of job applicants will not be qualified. So having a resume out on the street is important.
There are some things that you can do to protect your identity:
- Develop a CV version of your resume that outlines you as a whole person professional. Include plenty of information for an employer to judge you on but avoid providing a chronology of your employment or the names of your employers.
- Create a unique Hotmail or GMail account for each website that you post your resume on. To avoid having to check all of those emails use a central email account that pulls your emails from other accounts. GMail offers this.
- If you wish to be anonymous then realize that this may significantly decrease employer interest in contacting you. This is your decision to make. If you decide to be anonymous then at least give a general idea as to your local area — employers are not going to jump through the hassle of contacting you just to find that you do not live in the area that they are hiring for. Some examples of specific vagueness: Metropolitan Los Angeles, Washington DC area, Northern Virginia, Central Texas (although Central Texas is bigger than most states).