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How to Keep Your Online Resume Secure

How to Keep Your Online Resume Secure

While you may hear about online fraud, it tends to be focused on companies that derive their business from online purchases.

As Monster is primarily a free service, and the contact information found in a resume can just as easily be located elsewhere (e.g. telephone listings), you can be assured that posting your resume on Monster is a safe way to conduct a job search and manage your career.

However, you do need to be mindful about the type of information you include on your resume. For example, you should never include the following personal information:

• Social Security number
• Driver’s license number
• Bank account information
• Credit card information
• Passwords
• Date of birth

Note: You should also never share the personal information listed above with a prospective employer until you are confident that the employer and employment opportunity is legitimate.

Posting Your Resume on Monster

Do you want employers to find your resume on Monster? Are you currently employed and need to be more careful about who can see your posted resume? Not all job searches are alike, so Monster allows flexibility in how you post your resume. Your resume options are described below:

Public Resume: Choosing the public (searchable) resume option allows employers to find your resume when they search the Monster resume database. Because employers may search for candidates before they post a job on Monster, choosing the public option will give you the widest possible access to job opportunities. Public resumes are viewable by employers — not other Monster members.

Confidential Resumes: Do you prefer to keep your job search more private? You can save your resume as public, but hide your contact info, current company and references. Employers will be able to contact you via a confidential Monster email address. You can then view the job listing and decide whether or not to respond. Please note that if you apply online with your posted resume, the information you’ve marked as confidential will be included so the employer can contact you.

Important: If you choose to hide your contact information, current company and references, you must also remove this information from your uploaded Word resume or Copy & Paste text resume.

Private Resumes: Choosing the private (non-searchable) resume option will prevent employers from finding your resume on Monster during resume searches. However, you can still search for jobs and apply online using your private resume.

More Resources:

Monster Company Search
Better Business Bureau
Anti-Phishing Working Group
FraudWatch International
Consumer Sentinel
Federal Trade Commission
How Not to Get Hooked by a Phishing Scam
Avoiding Identity Theft
Detecting Deceptive Job Ads
Looks Too Good to Be True
OnGuard Online: Guard Against Internet Fraud

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