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5 Things resumes shouldn’t include: identity theft

Posted by James Rubec on Thu, Apr 10, 2014 @ 10:02 AM

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Your personal information is safe with Randstad Canada

This week the Internet’s security has been shaken. A vulnerability has been found in OpenSSL which is the most popular cryptographic library, that protects everything form your credit card information to your personal data stored at the Canadian Revenue Agency, whose online tax filing system is still down after the vulnerability was identified.

Randstad Canada is not affected by the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability; we use another form of SSL cryptographic library that is secure. You can have confidence that your personal information is safe with Randstad Canada.

While we know your data is secure with us, your resumes may not be equally safe elsewhere.

The best way to protect yourself and your personal information is to give as little of it out as possible. That includes during the job hunting process. Resumes often contain valuable personal information - protect yourself and avoid including the following;

1. Your Home Address

This used to be a standard on resumes back when we’d all drop them off or mail them in. Responses might come back to us in the form of a letter of offer. Today this isn’t needed and you are giving away a vital piece of your personal information. With your home address your name, your work history and your phone number you are opening yourself up to risk, also resumes don’t need this piece of information, it should be edited out.

2. Age or Birthdate

This is another vital statistic and has been used as an authentication security measure. People do not need to know how old you are and they aren’t allowed to ask. Remove this from your Facebook profile, do not put it on your resume and be wary if anyone during an interview process asks.

3. Social Insurance Number

While this is important for credit checks and once you’ve been hired don’t share this with just anyone and never include it on your resume. Be wary of providing it in emails; if at all possible provide it over the phone or in person on a form. Employers will need your SIN number for tax purposes but that’s about it. Your SIN number is not a form of identification.

4. Driver’s Licence Number

Just like your birthday, or home address your Driver’s Licence information should be kept as private as possible. While this is a piece of ID unlike your SIN number, there is no reason to include your driver ID number or a photo copy with a resume. There are jobs that require this information and application processes that require a copy of your licence to vet you for insurance purposes. These proceses are standard and acceptable, but unless someone needs this information for a reasonable purpose do not provide it.

5. Banking information

Direct deposit is  the standard form of payment for employees across the country. Even the Government of Canada is phasing out its use of cheques of direct deposit.While this information such as a blank cheque or direct deposit form is used in the employment process this isn’t something you should be providing prior to being hired on. There is no reason why a potential employer needs this information.




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