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Part 3 - Cyber Search Strategies For Finding Employment Online

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

You’d think that if online dating has become an acceptable way to meet your match, then surfing the net for the perfect job would present a popular alternative to pounding the pavement.

While statistics stipulate that nearly 100 percent of the people in some countries rely on the net for employment options and opportunities, the numbers show that only 5 percent of job seekers employing the medium are successful in finding employment.

According to authorities, while implementing the Internet, as a job search engine will get you noticed, it may not be the attention you were looking for. In addition to potential employers gaining access to your (private and personal) information, so to is your information accessible to more fraudulent individuals.

Industry experts caution against offering too many specifics and setting yourself up for victimization:

1. Thoroughly read the privacy policy of online employment agencies before posting your resume with them. Some job sites market your information to mass-market companies or other interested parties.

2. Check the companies’ reputation. Only post your credentials and information with trusted, reputable and well-known sites and sources. Experts impart the necessity for protecting your personal information to prevent it from being misused. Additionally, they note, that your resume should NEVER feature any relevant information that would allow for identity theft. Legitimate employers don’t need to know your bank account number, credit card number, or exact date of birth.

3. Watch your language. Professionals caution against vague claims such as “we have thousands of jobs” or “we work with major companies” should be immediate red flags. Furthermore, experts add that requests for additional resumes may also mean trouble.

*Keep in mind that you should exhibit caution even reputable companies. While they may not “dangerous”, what happens to your resume once it’s out of their hands (downloaded to a potential employer or interested party) is out of their control

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