Are you sick of getting spammed with “job offers” from insurance companies, sales opportunities and other crummy jobs? Wondering just how do these companies get your information anyway? There is an easy way to stop the flood… and protect your identity at the same time.
Almost everyone who has a resume posted on a major employment website such as Monster or CareerBuilder has received emails about jobs they don’t want. These opportunities range from commission-only sales jobs to management training programs, usually in fields unrelated to the job seekers desired positions.
Stopping these solicitations is quite easy. No matter what employment website a candidate uses, there is the option to post a resume one of three ways: Public, Confidential or Private. The difference is how recruiters can find and use the posted information.
How they got your information
Recruiters can pay the website to search through the candidate data base to find possible employees. This practice is commonly known as data mining. The more money they spend, the larger the pool of candidates they can pull. The problem is that searching the data base is more expensive than simply posting a job ad. As such, most companies will not use the data mining to find their candidates; it is more cost effective for them to run a single ad and then evaluate the candidates who do apply.
Most of the companies that rely on data mining to find candidates tend to be high turnover positions, such as commission-only sales. This is not to say that all active recruiters are trying to fill undesirable positions. Industries with a large need, such as nursing, often use this technique as well.
So how does one avoid being swept up in a data mining effort?
Stopping the flood
Change the setting on the posted resume to Private. A private resume cannot be searched by outside recruiters. The only way for an employer to see a private resume is when the candidate actively applies to their job.
Don’t confuse a Private posting with a Confidential setting. If posted Confidential, the resume is still available to data mining. Only the applicant’s name, contact information and current employer are hidden. Recruiters can still contact the applicant by email through the job search website.
If the resume is posted Public, all of the candidate’s information is visible, including the contact information, profile, skills and work history. But again, only recruiters who pay to search the data base will find this information.
When posting a resume, candidates should always look for the option to post Private, Confidential or Private. The option is not always easy to find, but well worth it. Plus, the setting can easily be changed. Look for the “Resumes” section within a personal account, and the privacy settings can be changed with a few quick mouse clicks.
Does premium listing work?
Don’t bother paying for “front of the line” option either – this works only for recruiters who are conducting data mining searches. If you choose this option, you just paid money to be the top of the spam list.