How to protect your privacy during a job search

January 19, 2010 at 3:07 am Leave a comment

We all know we should worry about online privacy yet during a job hunt it’s necessary to give out enough personal information to tempt the potential employer and for them to easily reach you. While it’s a balance, experts say there are important steps job hunters (and especially those hunting for another job while they’re employed) should follow to make sure they don’t become the victim of a scam, or worse.

Some “protect yourself” tips from privacy and hiring experts include:

*Limit the personal contact information on your resume and in accompanying documents such as a cover letter, a bio and clips and other written materials. If possible, use a specific email address for job-hunting.  If you have started a “quiet” job hunt while on the job (see Nov. 19 post “Searching for a job while still employed”) never use your work email as contact information while job hunting and don’t leave an email or other online trail from your work computer. Start out with limited personal information, check that email or Voicemail regularly and then provide more information to a potential employer once they’ve contacted you and shown an interest in your candidacy.

*Be very careful about posting your resume on job sites. Sites such as LinkedIn and other well-known business networking sites are a much better bet than sites that aren’t as well known and whose privacy policies are not readily available for inspection. It’s better to post your resume on one, two or three well-regarded and protected sites than to spread it among a dozen sites with spottier reputations. Also, when you can (and good sites will often offer this option) choose to limit access to your entire resume — some sites will allow it to be fully searched by employers and recruiters, who are paying for such access.

*Keep careful track of where you have posted your resume. If you are getting a good response from employers there, you might want to update it or keep it on the site. If not, remove it — there’s no point in sharing even limited personal information on sites that aren’t helping much in your search.

*It may sound like it doesn’t need to be said, but I’ll say it anyway: NEVER provide your Social Security number, driver’s license number, bank account information or even the standard mother’s-maiden-name identifier to someone saying they need this information before they will consider you for a job. That’s a dead giveaway of a scam, or an attempt to raid your bank account or to hijack your identity. After a layoff or in the midst of a frustrating job search, even usually savvy professionals can let their guard down, especially if the query appears sincere. Never give out any information that can be connected with your financial information. Legitimate employers will only ask for Social Security and driver’s license information much later in the process when conducting pre-employment checks — after you’ve been interviewed and your references have been checked. And report any suspicious sites or individuals when they ask for this information so that others won’t be similarly targeted.

*As always, some job leads. Today’s are for communications, marketing and journalism positions:

*The University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park has an opening for a communications manager:

Manager-Communications (115664 )
Closing Date: open until filled
Department: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Starting Salary: high 50’s

Duties: Search Re-opened. The University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center seeks a Communications Manager to work as part of a team to raise the national and international profile of The School of Music, Department of Theatre, and Department of Dance and to attract the best faculty, students, and visiting artists. This newly created position supports the University¿s strategic plan, which strongly states the importance of the arts at Maryland. The Communications Manager will lead media outreach initiatives that focus on the accomplishments of the faculty, students and alumni in the academic units referenced above. In essence, the Communications Manager will tell the story of the performing arts at the University of Maryland, beyond what happens on stage. 1. Incorporate the performing arts academic units¿ off stage activities into the overall news circuit of the Center . Create and implement strategies to build the reputations and support recruitment of faculty and students to the School of Music, Department of Dance, and Department of Theatre by positioning and pitching stories to both scholarly/trade and popular media outlets, as well as University publications. Monitor industry trends and utilize knowledge to create promotional publications and materials for print, electronic and new media to help build the reputations of the academic units. Write press releases for performing arts academic units, as assigned. Work closely with communications and marketing colleagues to ensure proper coordination of communications materials. 2. Generate coverage of, and media interest in, the Center¿s performances and events. In collaboration with the Communications Coordinator and other colleagues, develop and pitch story ideas, and coordinate coverage of performances and events at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Interface with the Development Department and Cultural Participation to ensure a shared pool of information about the Center and its activities and successes. Write press releases for the Center, as assigned. Schedule and provide coverage of press table at performances and events. 3. Provide a high level of customer service to all Center stakeholders Serve as a departmental point of contact for day-to-day internal press related requests, including providing press and institutional materials, participating in strategic messaging and facilitating internal communications with the Associate Director and Director. 4. Supervise Communications Coordinator and student worker(s). Start Date: April 2010

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, marketing, communications, public relations or related field required. Five years direct experience in journalism, media relations and/or public relations required. Experience in higher education communications, marketing, and/or public relations strongly preferred. Performing arts experience preferred. Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: Excellent written and oral communications skills. Knowledge of AP style. Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work under tight and changing deadlines. Thorough knowledge of news values and marketing preferred.

To Apply: For best consideration, submit letter, resume, and names, telephone/FAX/email of three professional references by February 12, 2010 to: Communications Manager Search, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Suite 3800 CSPAC, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-1625 (FAX 301-405-5977). THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER

*iHire LLC is looking for a v.p./marketing for E-commerce in D.C:

VP of Marketing, E-Commerce
iHire, LLC – Washington, DC
effective manager. •Ability to travel up to 25%. •Marketing planning, budgeting and execution. •Excellent writing, communications and interpersonal skills.

Location: Washington D.C. Metro Area

January 17, 2010
$100,000 – $140,000 Per Year
bonus potential

Job Description

Successful Internet Company providing the largest network of targeted internet career web sites is seeking a Vice President of Marketing to direct overall Internet marketing efforts. This key role reports directly to the President and is responsible for creating and managing e-commerce initiatives while maintaining a hands-on level of involvement in day-to-day operations. The VP of Marketing for E-Commerce will develop short, medium and long term plans for growth and will be responsible for managing a budget to achieve planned goals within a specified timeline.
The right candidate for this position will be a team player with a proven record of success in e-commerce and data driven marketing. This position will be responsible for defining strategies that add new markets and new customers through active, hands-on execution. Responsibilities include social media, search engine optimization, online advertising, web analytics, web site usability, content testing and e-mail marketing.
This critical and highly visible position will investigate, recommend, and manage external partners relevant to e-commerce marketing initiatives.


•Four year college degree or higher with concentration in marketing or related field. Advanced degree in business preferred.
•Track record of success in prior e-commerce leadership role.
•6-8 years experience in online marketing in an e-commerce organization.
•Successful track record in implementation of social media
•Experience in web site usability, seo, paid search
•Experience with Omniture site analytics and testing.
•Proven successful email initiatives and online advertising campaigns.
•Strong leader and effective manager.
•Ability to travel up to 25%.
•Marketing planning, budgeting and execution.
•Excellent writing, communications and interpersonal skills.

Company Description

iHire operates a network of industry-specific internet job boards, and has developed an unrivaled suite of resume matching technologies to provide employers and job-seekers with a time-saving, efficient and very effective alternative to conventional job boards. We also use our industry expertise to gather and disseminate data on employment trends nationwide, inclucing hiring expectations, employee benefits and salaries.

*And a few journalism positions (listings courtesy of —

*Patuxent Publishing is seeking a general assignment reporter to work from the Columbia, Md., office. This could be a good position for someone just starting out in journalism:

Company: Patuxent Publishing Co.
General Assignment Reporter
Columbia, Maryland
Job Status: Full-time
Salary: Not Specified
Ad Expires:
February 16, 2010
Job ID: 1132148

Patuxent Publishing Co., publisher of award-winning, community newspapers is seeking qualified candidates for a General Assignment Reporter positions based in our Columbia, Md. Office. Must have 2-3 years prior professional reporting experience in a newspaper environment as well as online and social media reporting skills. Must have knowledge of AP style and, good grammar and spelling. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, 401K, paid holidays and vacation. Pre-employment background check required. Qualified applicants must send resume with cover letter. Salary is $26K.

and clips through No phone calls, please! E.O.E.

*And the Frederick News-Post in nearby Frederick, Md., is looking for a page designer:

Company: The Frederick News-Post
Page Designer
Frederick, Maryland
Job Status: Full-time
Salary: Not Specified
Ad Expires:
February 12, 2010
Job ID: 840282

Will design engaging, creative news front and feature pages using photographs, graphics and type fonts. The qualified candidate must have strong editing and headline writing skills in order to correct errors in grammar, spelling, syntax, facts and improve clarity. Must be a team player and have a positive work style. Normal working hours will be Tuesday-Saturday, 3:00 PM-12 midnight; however, the ability to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and holidays, is required.

Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Graphic Arts, English, Journalism, or related program is required. Two years of page designing experience with a daily newspaper is preferred. Advanced computer keyboard skills, experience with News Edit, Illustrator, Photoshop and Quark (or InDesign) is required. Ability to develop information graphics is a plus. Interested applicants please apply to:

Good luck on the hunt!



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