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5 Tips for a Safe Online Job-Search
job search using the Internet has definitely transformed how
jobseekers contact hiring companies. The availability of copying and pasting a text version resume
into a form at a company’s website has laid the foundation
for an easier and more convenient process.
No longer does a jobseeker need to spend hours with
the traditional method of printing and mailing his resume to
the Internet’s convenience, a breeding ground for scam
artists continues to grow each year as well. Identity thefts have increased to an overwhelming 10 million
cases per year, and many of them are the result of phishing
— not surprisingly, the employment industry is under
attack as well.
is an attempt to extract personal information through what
appears to be authentic emails.
If you are job searching, an email from a seemingly
interested recruiter, for example, may not raise a red flag
with you. You
may think that the contact person and company listed are
legitimate, yet looks can be deceiving.
Knowing what to look for and how to spot fraud (or
potential areas for abuse) can be the best deterrent to
ensuring you have a safe experience while conducting your
leery of submission invitations.
and spammers follow the same patterns.
Mass emails are sent to an enormous list of
everyone on the “hit list” is searching for a new job;
however, only a small number of people need to be convinced,
or tricked into believing, the email is authentic in order
for the scam to be deemed successful.
Receiving an email from a recruiter who states, “We
saw your resume on the Internet, and we find your skill set
to be perfect for one of our clients.
Please complete our online application through the
below link.” Ask
yourself a series of questions:
Did you send your resume to this recruiter?
Visit the company’s website (type the web address
into your browser, avoid clicking the link in the email);
upon further examination are they reputable?
How did they hear about you?
Call the company if necessary.
Always proceed with caution when you receive a
cold-contact email from someone.
responding to requests for personal information, such as a
social security or credit card number.
say you receive an email from what appears to be a
well-known job bank. The
email states that your account
needs your contact and payment information to be updated in
order for service renewal.
You click on the link and you’re taken to a page
that looks, feels, and “smells” right.
You proceed by submitting the requested information. The
link appeared safe, but you were taken to a site designed to
defraud you. Reputable
companies will rarely ask for personal information via email
so examine every incoming email for validity.
purchasing from a resume writing or resume submission
service, for example, ensure information is encrypted upon
in short, ensures the private information you submit online
is kept safe. When
at your browser, you can recognize an encrypted form when
the root URL starts with “https:” instead of “http:”
or seeing the padlock present in the bottom right corner of
your screen. Purchasing
from companies having added security measures in
can ensure your private information avoids the hands of
ill-willed people. Learn
more about encryption by reading Jeff Tyson’s article
titled, “How Encryption Works,” at
Better Business Bureau possesses a strict policy for members
who do business online.
A privacy statement must be displayed on the
company’s website, no exceptions.
High business practices are a necessity for
maintaining the trust of online buyers; and the BBB
understands the critical importance of trust among
A privacy statement outlines what type of customer
information is collected and how it’s used.
Alliances and partnerships, for example, arrange for
Company A to sell or pass on client information to Company
information transferred or sold could be basic, like name
and email address, or far more in-depth like name, address,
social security number, and phone number.
No matter how basic or detailed the information, the
company must have the logistics spelled out in their privacy
show an estimated 80% of online fraud goes unreported.
If the proper authorities aren’t aware of the
magnitude of fraud that actually exists on the Internet,
then getting the much-needed funds to battle the problem
will take more time. The
Internet Fraud Complaint Center (ifccfbi.gov) has an online
complaint feature for individuals
to report phishing attacks.
The IFCC report process requires basic information,
including information on the perpetrator and type of fraud.
addition to filing a complaint, forward the fraudulent email
to the legitimate company.
Phishing is smearing the good names of countless
companies, and notifying the company about the scam can also
help the fight. Companies
being brought onboard will ensure well-rounded efforts to
giving your information out freely.
Whether you’re at the end of a phishing attack or
the job application requires more information than you’re
willing to provide, proceed with caution.
Much like you’ll analyze job opportunities;
intensely examine each person who receives your personal
safe online practices, you’ll get the best return from
your job-search efforts — instead of spending hours filing
a police report and calling credit bureaus and credit card
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