By Susan P. Joyce
Put the "Safe" in your Cyber-SAFE Resume by modifying the content of your resume!
Take control and create your own privacy protection this way, without depending on the Web job site to do it for you.
Do this to protect your existing job, if you have one, and your privacy.
As your resume circulates in cyberspace over time, your Cyber-Safe Resume will protect your identity and, possibly, your future employment many years from now.
In some recruitment circles, job seekers who protect their identity are more desirable than those who don't. The assumption made, often, is that you are employed and have an existing job that you are protecting.
However, in many cases, the Cyber-Safe Resume may make it a bit more difficult for the recruiter or potential employer to reach you, at least initially, because of the limited contact information. So, it is a trade-off -- privacy for security -- and your choice, obviously.
Limiting access to your contact information makes it harder for your identity to be stolen or for your employer to discover your job search. You still need to be reachable by recruiters, but first you need to protect your job and your home.
Remove your standard "contact information" from your online resume or profile --
Replace the standard contact information so that you can be reached by potential employers and recruiters --
Do NOT use a goofy e-mail address (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org) or your messages will probably be deleted unread.
Use the e-mail address as an opportunity to do some marketing and some differentiating - like email@example.com or sjones-MBA@example.com.
Don't misrepresent what you do, but do disguise some of the information if it would be easy for someone to identify who you are and where you work.
Particularly for your current job, modify the information to minimize the possibility that your existing employer will find your resume when searching through a job board's resume database and fire you.
Remove your current employer's name; replace it with an accurate, but generic, description --
If your job title is unique, replace your title with, again, an accurate, but generic" title --
Delete specific, traceable information like a state or federal license number, trademark, servicemark, patent, or other keywords uniquely specific to your employer.
You increase the probability of a confidential job search by being very selective about where you post your resume. See Job-Hunt's sections on Choosing a Job Site and Protecting Your Privacy for tips and guidance.
A cyber-safe resume is the best resume to use for your job search. If you are employed, be sure to read Job-Hunt's free Guide to a Stealthy -- and Successful -- Job Search because if your employer discovers that you are job hunting, you could lose your job.
Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a recent Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. Since 1998, Susan has been editor and publisher of Job-Hunt.org. Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg and on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+.