Are You Giving Out Too Much Information When You Fill Out Online Resumes?

With the economy how it is now, you see a lot of people looking for work all over the place. A steady job is a good thing to have when the economy is in the gutter like it is now. While the economy is starting to pick up it still has a long way to go. And until it does make a full recovery you are still going to see a lot of people looking for work. And to take advantage of that fact you are starting to see more and more resume services online.

In the beginning there were a few places where you could search for a job online. Places on the web like and others specialized in this service. Now you are starting to see a lot more places on the web offer this service on their website. A lot of regular websites now offer job searching services on the side. They have jobs listed that are based on the topic of their website. For example if the website is about programming in the Java language, then you will see a job listing graph on the side somewhere advertising jobs for people who of course know how to program in the Java language.


And like we said, people are taking advantage of these offers. When the economy is like it is you look for a job wherever you can find one. But there is a problem with all of these random job listings being everywhere. You have to be sure that if they ask you for your personal information that it is going somewhere that is safe. The information that you need to have on display when you are searching for job can tell a lot about you. And it might provide the ammunition for an enterprising black hat hacker to take advantage of. It only takes a small amount of information to make this happen and you are providing more than enough when you search for a job.

When you are dealing with a major job search website like Monster, you are dealing with a website that has been in the business for years. They specialize in this kind of knowledge domain. They know how to keep your information secure. They know that the bad guys are out there looking for this type of information because they had to deal with them before. The average website on the internet does not have this experience. They just figured that it was easy to make a job listing portion on their website that the users of the site will be able to take advantage of.

But you have to be real careful when you are handling people‚Äôs personal data like that. Information is the number one commodity on the internet, yes even more than money. And people will do whatever they have to do to accumulate it. But let’s keep in mind that some of these websites only list the jobs and they do not collect the information. We are only talking about the sites that do collect the information.

When you are on the web, you always have to be careful where you are putting your information at. And that even goes for the times that you are looking for a job.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


  1. I think most of the people should follow it. I am giving 5 stars for your valuable article and great information about Internet.

  2. its very important sometimes to hide your personal details online since we do know lots of identity are stolen so we must be careful. thanks for your article its an informative one! thumbs up for you!

  3. Not only for job websites, If you use the Internet for online banking, social networking or other services, you may risk a theft to your personal information such as name, address, credit card number etc.

    Unscrupulous people can access this information through unsecured connections or by planting software and then use your personal details for their benefit. Needless to say, this may land you in serious trouble.

    • Lee Munson says:

      I totally agree Ella and, these days, people seem far too willing to give out all manner of information that they really shouldn’t!

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