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The Resource Center Identity Theft & Protection | article

Thinking about a new job this Labor Day? Make sure you protect your identity in the process

This Labor Day, the last thing you are probably thinking about is ways to protect your identity. But while thousands of Americans are in their backyards having BBQs to commemorate the end of summer and beginning of the school year, the threat of identity theft lingers.

For some, Labor Day is more than about just a change in the seasons. It’s also about making more important life changes as you leave summer behind. After all, the very nature of Labor Day is to take a break from the work you do all year, and if you are really dreading the end of this small vacation, maybe it’s time to start searching for a new career altogether?

Once you’ve polished up your resume and drafted up a few cover letters, there are a few things you need to consider in order to protect your identity during the job-hunting process.

  • Your resume contains information that would open you up to identity theft should it fall into the wrong hands. As enticing as a job may seem, verify that the company is legitimate and make sure the contacts you send these documents out too are actually affiliated with a trusted, employee-seeking institution.
  • If you are seeking the help of a “head-hunter” or job placement service, meet with them face-to-face before sending out any personal information. They too may be running a scame to get as many resumes – and steal as many identities as possible.
  • When searching for positions online, use programs that have been verified by the Better Business Bureau in order to protect your identity. If you see a listing on a website that seems legitimate, do a little research into who posted it before seeking a position.

If you don’t do all you can to protect your identity in the job-hunting process, you could end up with a bad record should your identity be compromised that will only make securing a new position harder.