So many of you have wisely taken the job search online but are you implementing measures to protect your private information plus career marketing content? Here are a few steps I take to ensure my clients’ resume copy and personal information is only accessible by those that are serious about evaluating their candidacy.
1. When creating a web page, web rez, web portfolio, place the following meta tags inside the page’s header:
<META NAME=”ROBOTS” CONTENT=”NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW”>
This will help (not guarantee since technology is ever evolving) avoid the indexing of any links to your downloadable resume or cover letter. Hence, abating your resume come up in Google queries.
2. Don’t repurpose your entire resume online. When you set up social media profiles, just copy and paste portions of your resume and indicate somewhere for them to contact you for the entire resume. Not only is this a wise way of protecting your resume copy but it makes for a more interesting social networking profile. If you make the entire resume available for download, perform the next step…
3. Protect your MS Doc with a password and qualify the inquiries received online/ via social networking sites. Instructions for MS 2003 protection; Instructions for MS 2007. Perhaps you have linked or uploaded your MS doc to any of the numerous online social networking sites such as LinkedIn or perhaps posted it on VisualCV; only provide your password to those that seem honest and serious about learning about your candidacy. If they go as far as to email you to attain the password, they most likely mean business.
3. Set up a temporary free email with Gmail or Yahoo. Once your job search is over, you can just get rid of that account.
As always, if any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosa Elizabeth Vargas
Master Resume Writer
Quadruple Certified Resume Writer (NCRW, ACRW,CERW, MRW)
2 Replies to “Resume Security: Protect Your Digital Documents”
Wonderful of you to put all this critical information in one place Rosa. But- if the online content is not indexed, doesn’t his limit a one’s ability to be found if a recruiter is searching for potential candidates with specific key words? What am I missing here or are you saying that if you don’t want to risk exposure, here’s a way to limit the problem?
Thanks for commenting. Here is additional information that may help make my advice a bit more transparent:
1. If you are a jobseeker who will be networking and you are not relying on recruiters to Google your resume– then problem solved.
2. If you do wish for a recruiter to find you, they don’t necessarily have to find you by stumbling upon your complete resume. How about they just find your LinkedIn profile? Your Google Profile or another social media account with a link to your protected resume? In this case, protect your completed resume and prevent it from being copied
3. You do wish for recruiters to find your website but not your resume, then change the code to the following to protect your linked files:
META NAME=”ROBOTS” CONTENT=”INDEX, NOFOLLOW”
Now your website/blog will be indexed but the files attached to it (such as resume) won’t be indexed.
My point was for job seekers to protect their resume docs and copy. I don’t think it necessary for the resume to come up in search engines. Hope that clarifies it. Thanks for helping me see my message was a bit unclear :-)