Personal & Data Security

Identity theft is a major issue for job seekers.

You always need to be wary and to limit the amount of information you share that could be used for identity theft.
Follow these online steps to help stay safe:
  1. Never share your date of birth
  2. Never share your full address
  3. Never share your National Insurance number
  4. Never give your bank details
  5. Set up a job search email address
  6. Use a dedicated mobile telephone number
  • Check your CV – If you have posted online it will be seen, not just by the people you want to see it but also those looking for identity theft and fraud. If you already have your CV posted online check it and amend if necessary. Include only:
  • First name, surname and professional membership/qualifications
  • Residency town/city and the first part of your postcode
  • Job search email address – and your Skype name if you have it
  • Dedicated mobile telephone number
  • LinkedIn profile vanity URL*
  • Only use reputable job sites – new job sites are opening all of the time, use only recruitment agencies and job sites you know and trust, and then check what you are posting before you hit the enter key. You can check online with the Recruitment Employment Confederation (REC) for a list of member recruitment agencies/consultancies.
  • Never share passwords – use a password manager to generate and securely manage your passwords. LastPass is free and regularly wins best free password manager in online reviews, 1Password for subscription products. Check online for the latest reviews and make your selection.
  • Don’t open attachments – check where and who they have come from to validate the source before you download if you are not certain delete it immediately.
  • Beware of the phisherman – unexpected contact from someone who says they have seen your details should ring an alarm bell every time. Get a company name and location and look them up, check their credentials and only if you are satisfied its genuine respond. Some emails will look extremely convincing but check them out for errors before you check anything else and don’t open any attachments.
  • If it sounds too good to be true then it probably is!
* See our LinkedIn pages to find out how to create a vanity URL.

SAFERjobs

For more information visit Safer-Jobs a non-profit organisation created by the Metropolitan Police to raise awareness and combat criminal activities that may be attempted on those seeking a job, those within the recruitment industry or through the services provided by the industry. The ultimate aim is to protect job seekers and agency staff from exploitation.

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