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Portland Job Seekers: Safe Online Job Hunting Tips

If you’re hunting for and applying for jobs online (and you most certainly are), you might not be aware of the potential pitfalls of online job seeking. The sort of information that job applications frequently ask for is occasionally highly sensitive. It is however, possible to keep running your search online without putting yourself at risk of identity theft or other dangers. While you are applying for jobs in Portland here are some steps that will keep your search safe.

1. Omit certain information from your resume: there is no need to include your home address on your resume these days, so leave it out entirely. If you want to take even more safety measures, The Wall Street Journal recommends setting up temporary cell phone numbers and/or email addresses to further protect your personal information.

2. Make use of the privacy features on job sites: many job sites offer privacy features that you can make use of during your job search, such as the ability to limit the number of people that can view your resume. That way, only potential employers can see it.

3. Be aware of your social media presence: this doesn’t necessarily relate directly to identity theft or fraud, but it has everything to do with common sense. If there is anything (such as embarrassing and/or inappropriate photos or posts) on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or some other social networking site that can come back to haunt you during a background check, get rid of it. If you have to think hard on whether something is inappropriate, it probably is.

By Kyle Wise

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