The commercial Internet is now over 10 years old, and it has become a richer, but also a more complex and potentially dangerous environment. Don’t ignore the Internet in your job search, but keep your guard up. Identity theft is a major problem, and we’ve been warning job seekers about it since 1999. In this environment, you are responsible for protecting yourself. Verify before you trust!
A dozen false assumptions about the Internet and about job hunting on the Internet that may hurt you. Don’t be tricked. These assumptions are not true:
1. Every Web site can be trusted with your resume.
No! Not every "job site" really is a job site. Many sites are inept and unsophisticated, just trying to cash in on the need to find/fill a job, but I have also found completely bogus job sites, usually promoted via spam e-mail with "forged" from addresses (see # 12 below) – no jobs posted, bogus contact information, no one really "there" at all. Just a "resume form" to be completed with as much information as they can get from you. These people are up to no good and are difficult to trace. Beware!!
2. Every job site is able to ensure that only a “real employer” posts job opportunities and can search through the resume database.
Not true. Unfortunately, this is tough to do, even for the sites that try validate employers and postings. The good job sites do try to screen out fake job postings and bogus employers, but they don’t always succeed (and some don’t try very hard because it’s one of their primary revenue sources), so use a Cyber-Safe resume that suppresses your identity.
3. A Website that offers “employers” free access to their resumes is doing you a favor.
No! It is definitely not doing you a favor! If the site does not protect your identity or doesn’t allow you to use a Cyber-Safe resume, then this kind of site may only be making it easy for anyone, employer or not, to get access to your resume.
4. Every job posting represents a genuine job opportunity.
Too bad this isn’t true. As in the "real world" fake job ads are plentiful from: employers or recruiters building their resume pool, people trying to sell you something (like a home-based business or a get-rich-quick scheme), and people trying to steal your identity or rope you into some other scam.