3 Tips for a safe and secure online job search
CHICAGO, IL -- Be Leery Of Submission Invitations: Scammers and spammers follow much of the same patterns. Mass e-mails are sent to an enormous list of recipients. Not everyone on the "hit list" is searching for a new job; however, only a small number of people need to be convinced or tricked into believing the e-mail is authentic in order for the scam to be deemed successful. Before responding, visit the company's website. If you're still unable to determine the validity of the request, call the company. Verify everything!
Avoid Responding To Requests For Personal Information: Let's say you receive an e-mail from what appears to be a well-known job bank. The e-mail states your account needs your contact and payment information to be updated in order for service renewal. You click on the link and you're taken to a page that looks, feels, and "smells" right. You then proceed by submitting the requested information. The link appeared safe, but you were taken to a site designed to defraud you.
Make Sure The Webpage Is Encrypted: When using a paid resume submission service, ensure the private information you submit online is kept safe. When at your browser, you can recognize a secure encrypted form when the root URL starts with "https:" instead of "http:" or you see the padlock present in the bottom right corner of your screen. Purchasing from companies having added security measures in place can ensure your private information avoids the hands of ill-willed people.