Placing your resume online is a great way to increase your chances of finding your dream job. Many companies now use the Internet as a means of finding potential employees. However, this does bring up the issue of privacy. Posting a resume online can have negative results if you do not take certain precautions to protect your personal information.

First of all, before you go posting your resume online, take some time to research the various sites that are available. Once you find a site that meets your needs, make sure you take a close look at the Web site’s privacy policy. The policy should state exactly what the site does with your information. If you are comfortable with the company’s privacy policy, you are ready to get your resume ready for posting. Here are a few rules you should follow when posting your resume online to protect your own privacy.

  1. Remove your contact information from your resume. Of course, the downside of this is that a potential employer will not be able to pick up the phone and call you. However, no one else will be able to, either.
    So when tweaking your resume, remove the following information:

    • Name
    • Home and business address
    • Phone numbers
    • Home or business e-mail addresses
  2. Replace your regular e-mail address with one that can not be used to trace your identity. This may be a good time to take advantage of free e-mail and create a Hotmail or Yahoo! e-mail that you can use for applying online. A note to consider here as well, make sure you use an e-mail that is appropriate but does not give out any of your personal information. If you choose to do this, also make sure that you check your e-mail on a regular basis.
  3. Make a few changes to your employment history. Try to make it more generic by removing the name of your current employer.
  4. Remove the date from your employment history. This is considered personal, private information that no one requires access to.
  5. Change all your employment history by removing the names of all the employers and replacing them with more generic names.
  6. Keep track of where you post your resume. When you no longer require access to the job sites, delete your resume.

[tags]resume, job search, job hunt, career[/tags]