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By Edupliance | 8th April, 2016

A CV is like a short summary about your professional life. However, it also contains details about you that if fall into the wrong hands, may have dire consequences for you.

Every professionally made CV contains personal details about you like your name, address, date of birth, schools and colleges you studied at, educational qualifications you possess and the list of businesses and employers you worked for in the past.

In today’s cyber world, you should be very careful while posting your resume online. It is a perfect career strategy to find new job prospects by posting a CV online but any job seeker’s information can also fall into wrong hands.

What is the danger in sending out a CV?

  • For most people, a personal CV may seem like a harmless piece of paper, but it actually contains a lot of information about you like your personal details such as your name, address, email ID, phone number, etc.
  • Apart from this, it chronicles your entire job history making you an easy target of stalking.
  • Many online scam artists scour through thousands of CVs posted on online job forums and try to flout your information for dubious purposes like extortion, hacking your online accounts and posting fake jobs to try and lure you.
  • Many a times, the reference you enlist on your CV can also be annoyed if their personal details are misused by recruiters for advertising their services rather than to make a check back about you.
  • A steep rise in unsolicited and spam emails is seen in most cases when your resume is posted online.
  • There is also a big fear of identity theft. Somebody else can use your CV to score a job profile if they are from the same field. Yes, sometimes recruiters can also fail to ascertain the authenticity of a candidate.
  • Sometimes, identity theft can also turn into a complete image changeover where an imposter makes fake online accounts in your name since they have almost all details about you and operate those accounts just like you would.
  • Avoid posting CVs to any marketing company. They will use your information for disturbing you and your references via social media, spam email, unsolicited text messages or annoying telemarketing.
  • If someone knows your economic position, they might try to physically assault you or consider attempting a burglary at your home for extracting money from you.
  • If your current employer finds out that you are looking for a new job, you might get fired from the current one too.

Precautions you can take to avoid such loopholes

  • Always post your resume or CV for jobs that seem authentic and promise positive reverts. Do not post your CV for any kind of job to try your luck.
  • Post updated CVs only. Make it a point to remove outdated CVs from the internet. Most job boards let you delete your CV at your will.
  • Make a separate email ID for job searches. This way, spam will not bother you.
  • Use your cell number for accepting recruitment calls. If the numbers seem bothersome, block them.
  • Post your current position/ job profile in a smart manner such as Marketing Manager at USA’s biggest company manufacturing Machine Parts rather than the specific brand name to preserve anonymity and not letting your current employer find out that you are looking for a new job.
  • Do not post unnecessary details in your CV like expected and current CTC. You can email the recruiter these details when you are asked to do so. Do not post any social security or account numbers in the CV.

The bottom line is that we all need to look for a job every now and then. That is where a neatly designed CV helps. Be sure to adopt the above mentioned precautions in order to achieve prudence and a pragmatic approach to job searching. Keep your privacy secure. All the best!

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