Safety first

  • Updated: September 26, 2007 - 5:37 PM

Posting a résumé online? Besides following the site's precautions, consider these tips:

•Be suspicious of any job offer that asks for your driver's license, bank account or Social Security numbers. A favorite ploy is to claim that they need your bank information to set up direct-deposit paychecks for you.

•Do not put your references on your résumé. That is giving their information to the world without their permission.

•Do not put the name of your college on your résumé. Anyone can call there posing as an employer and get your "directory information" -- date of birth, home address and, for athletes, sometimes height and weight. If it's an important credential, you could put "an Ivy League college," for example.

•To keep your personal information private, set up separate contact means -- a P.O. box, separate e-mail account, even a disposable cell phone.

•Use job sites to find an opening, and then apply at the company's own website.

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