A survey carried out by CV-Library has found that the majority of us are putting unnecessary personal information on our resumes and it’s leaving us open to a myriad of hacking scandals.

While we’re used to being cautious with passwords and the information we make available about ourselves online, chances are that you’ve never considered that your CV could be leaving you vulnerable to hackers. 

A survey carried out by CV-Library has however found that the majority of us are putting unnecessary personal information on our resumes and it’s leaving us open to a myriad of hacking scandals. 

The worrying thing is that all the information that hackers need, are details we think are CV essentials. This therefore means that the vast majority of us have the potential to fall victim to hackers. 

90.3% of us have our full name on our CV, 78.5% have a postal address, 50.5% include our date of birth, 35.8% have contact details for referees, 16.3% include place of birth and 20.3% of us even include our National Insurance number. None of these things are actually requirements when applying for a job however. 

Job seekers should also be aware that there has been a rise in the number of bogus recruitment firms. Keith Rosser, Chair of SAFERjobs says that the growth of the Internet has caused this and warns candidates:

“It’s really easy to post a website that looks like ‘ABC Recruitment Ltd’ and to post fake jobs up on them so that it looks like a convincing site. Unfortunately, it’s also quite easy to get these fake jobs out to jobseekers because it only requires someone to post something onto LinkedIn, Facebook or a job board and then people believe that this recruitment site is live and jobs are available."

Staying safe from hackers

When trying to stay safe from hackers, remember that your CV should focus on skills, experience and any other factors that make you a great candidate for the job you’re applying to. Any incriminating personal information that could be stolen by a third party should be left out. All you need to include is some form of contact information such as your name, a phone number and/or email address and a location (just the town is fine if you don’t want to put your full postal address).

If an employer invites you in for an interview, this is when you can safely provide them with any further information they require. 

The government has launched a campaign called Cyber Aware -  its aim is to help people stay secure online and they advise all Internet users to practice the following:

  • Have a strong password for all your online accounts and don’t use the same password for everything 
  • Download the latest software and app updates
  • Activate two step authentication where you can (such as your email account)
  • Use password managers to store passwords for less important accounts
  • Don’t click on any suspicious links 

When dealing with a recruitment agency for the first time, ensure you do your research on them before submitting any personal information. If they’re local enough, go in and see them, check their social media accounts to see how long they’ve been posting for and if their followers are genuine and most importantly, if you feel something isn’t right, trust your instinct. 

If you would like help finding your next job, please feel free to contact Alpha and we will be more than happy to help.