Creating a Digital Resume
Protecting your Personal Information Online
When you send your resume to an employer, you know who sees the information you put in it. However, if you post your resume on a Web page, you have no control over whoever sees or uses your personal information. The following guidelines provide recommendations for posting private information in a public forum:
1. Consider password protecting your Web page so that only those who have your permission can view it. For information on protecting a Web page, and instructions on setting up Web protection, see Password Protecting your Web Page.
2. Whether or not you protect your online résumé, try to limit the amount of personal information you provide. If possible, include your e-mail address but no other personal contact information. If you need to provide a mailing address, use a University box number or other post office address. Avoid posting your home phone number and street address.
3. Never post personal data such as your Social Security number, date of birth, mother's maiden name, or other similar information. Remember, someone could use that information to pretend to be you or to gain access to your bank account, credit card, or other personal accounts.
4. Never post passwords, PIN numbers, credit card numbers, access codes, or other secure information. Be aware that anyone can view and copy information or pictures you post on the Web and use them in any manner they choose.
5. If someone who found your e-mail or mailing address online contacts
you, be very careful. Before you give out any information, make sure you
know to whom you are responding. Confirm that the firms they say they
represent employ them. Watch out for communications that ask for more
personal information, such as social security number or date of birth.