Keeping Resume Confidential


This posting is a guest entry from the Career Doctor, Randall S. Hansen, PhD: Anonymous writes: I don’t think its smart to have my resume for all to review, how I can I post my resume and keep it confidential?
The Career Doctor responds: There certainly is validity to wanting to be discrete about job-hunting when you are currently employed — you wouldn’t want your current employer to do a search for a position and get your resume from one of these job sites. The good news is that many job boards now offer you a confidentiality option — thus your resume is still out there getting viewed, but you control who actually knows it is your resume. There are a few other job sites that even allow you to block your resume from going to certain companies, thus allowing no chance that your current employer will see your resume. You can search through a list of The Top 10 Job Web Sites. And one final warning. Please remember that job-hunting on the Net should only comprise a small portion of your overall job-hunt — a little larger for people in technical and computer fields. You’ll do much better taking advantage of networking and other more traditional job-search techniques, but I also understand the value of the Web in a passive job search — putting your resume online and seeing what kind of responses you get, even when you are fairly happy with your current position. confidentiality, employer, job board, job-hunting, resume, Top 10 Job Web Sites Use Resume and Cover-Letter Samples Carefully This posting is a guest entry from the Career Doctor, Randall S. Hansen, PhD: Mike writes: No too long ago, I used one of your samples for resume and cover letter writing. I must say, they really helped me.
The Career Doctor responds: OK. So technically there is no question here, but I wanted to address this issue because I had been recently interviewed on the subject of job-seekers borrowing too heavily from samples found on job-search Websites and books. And by the way, I am not saying that Mike did anything wrong; I am assuming he used the samples correctly. Why do career professionals provide samples? I know I do so as a learning tool. I want you to be able to see what a good resume, cover letter, thank-you letter, etc., looks like. I have seen so much poorly written job-seeker correspondence, that I thought it important for you to see good examples. But I do not expect job-seekers to copy phrases or sentences word-for-word in academic circles, we call that plagiarism, and if I were a hiring manager, I would call it a reason not to interview or hire you. Borrowing someone else s work brings into question your ethics — and work ethic. So, please use the samples you find as guidelines for what your resume or cover letter should look like and sound like, but do not lift whole chunks and use them as your own. And be sure to read the accompanying articles that describe in detail how to develop your job-search documents. One final point. Someone raised the question of the difference between borrowing a sample resume versus hiring a professional to write the resume for you. The difference is one is stealing someone else’ s work (that may not even apply to you) and the other is paying a professional to develop a document specifically for you. For those interested in samples, check out the many sample job-search materials we have in this section of Quintessential Careers: Job-Hunting Samples and Examples.