Something you have never tholught of

In todays world of indentity theft how many of you have considered the info you put onto CV’s.
I have been reading an article about how easy it is to actually steal someones identity in which the article says that nearly all the info required would be on a CV in most cases.
Lots now fill CV’s on line or send them randomly to anyone who may give them a job.
Most if not all will end up in a bin, probably not shredded open to theft by anyone at all.

Ive never thought of it to be honest :wink:

How many times do we as agency drivers hand our license’s over to any Tom ■■■■ or Harry to photocopy?

Something I try not to do.

I thought my CV needed a revamp so I went on the Internet to do it. I decided not to upload my CV to the job finder part of the same service because I knew I would just end up with endless spam emails.

The identity theft element hadn’t crossed my mind, good point, thanks for mentioning it.


That is a good point, so how do you do a Cv without it being made a target of identify fraud ? :confused: :confused:

One thing that has really concerned me living in the US is job applications, we have to enter our social security number on every one. The SS number is the most important piece of information you have here, with it a person can access your credit rating, apply for finance, access your bank accout etc, get credit cards in your name and totally wipe tou out financially. My main concern is that if you get a job with a bad employer and leave on bad terms they can put anything on the record to destroy your life so long as they have that number. Lots of companies check your credit rating to see if you are sruggling and therefore likely to comit fraud, any bad coment on your history can destroy your future, it’s so wrong.

I guess the only way to try and be safe is to make as much info as possible useless. I.E.
instead of date of birth just give the year of birth or your age
leave out any middle names
try to avoid info about being married etc.
try to restrict contact details as much as possible,maybe by only giving a moblile number (difficult as I imagine that they would deffo want a postal address)
Going to be difficult though, giving yourself a chance at a job without giving the conmen the ability to do you!
maybe just send out CV’s with the absolute basic details of age and experience in the first attempt, especially if scattering them around like confetti, with a remark that you will supply further info if they are interested.

I can remember about three years ago, on the tv , there was an experiment done to find out what could be achieved & in what time limit , if a fraudster had got hold of someone’s ss number. In twenty minutes from the word go , they had got hold of all bank details , loans, etc, along with other personal details !! :open_mouth: That’s scary! ! You imagine what they can find out now and how fast, with the modern updated ways & means :sunglasses:

I will be going through my CV’s , & scrutinise for anything that could be filtered out by fraudsters, :sunglasses:
Oh !, how I hate writing CV’s :angry: :unamused:

The dumb thing about CVs nowdays is that when you purposefully leave out things like “Previous Addresses” and “former employers beyond the last one” which let’s face it, SHOULD be irrelevant, we’ll get told “Off you go and fill out this application form. Your CV was only a covering letter to get one of those”.

Might as well not bother cold-calling at all.

The only information that’s relevant is “Qualifications” and “Experience”.
Anything else requested is just asking for grounds to object to a candidate personally. :wink:

Once they’ve decided that you’ve at least been shortlisted, THEN perhaps the time comes for a bit more in-depth info. :exclamation:

About 12 years ago when retirement first kicked in there was a job advertised
at a new supermarket ( collecting trollies on and around the car-park) I put my
name forward thinking a bit of part time work would keep me in touch with a
few people and a few bob extra would be nice, anyway a package arrived soon
afterwards with a questionaire which I thought was for the managers job I did
look through it but the personal stuff was just too much, one question was, was
I prepared to have my wages paid into a bank account and if so what were my
bank details I hadn’t got the job, and never would I read no further and filed
the questionaire/job application away under “bin” which I know is easy to do if
your retired and not really dependent on a job, but hard lines if your of working
age and have to fill these things hoping to get a start.
thanks harry, long retired.