Make us your home page
Jobs | Posting a resume online

You can keep your name, contact information confidential when posting resume online

When you post your resume on Internet job boards — and you must if you're looking for work — you may want to keep your name and contact information confidential. • If you don't care who knows you're job hunting, then don't worry about it. But if you're still working and want to job hunt without your current employer knowing about it, then heed this advice.

Revi Goldwasser, founder of Interview Tips and Secrets in Boca Raton, said job hunters-on-the-sly need to pay attention to the "confidential" features permitted on major job boards such as CareerBuilder, HotJobs and Monster.

"When you respond to a posting, there's a link to download your resume as a Word attachment," she said in a telephone interview. "Be sure you haven't named your resume file as your name if you're trying to be confidential. Change your resume file name to 'confidential resume' before you download it. Otherwise, even if you use the confidential features on the job board, employers will see your name."

And that's okay, of course, if you're in an open job search. But if you're not, then also make sure your resume doesn't reveal your current employer's name or any other identifying information that you're trying to protect by using confidential functions.

Goldwasser was a gold mine of advice, starting with her encouragement to post your resume on as many major as well as niche job boards as relevant.

"Then refresh your posts weekly, even if it's just adding a comma," she said.

Goldwasser's other big tips for job-board postings:

• Be sure to use the key words in your resume that the job recruitment lists as requirements. That improves the odds of a computer or human screener tagging your resume for further consideration.

• Don't pay to have your resume posted anywhere. For almost every job, there are plenty of other free job board, niche site and individual company options to get noticed.

• Spend a Sunday afternoon and upload your resume to as many databases as possible. "It may pay dividends on Monday morning," she said.

You can keep your name, contact information confidential when posting resume online 07/23/09 [Last modified: Thursday, July 23, 2009 4:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor of this item, Tribune News Service.

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Water Street Tampa unveils illustrations showing downtown's transformation


    TAMPA — Water Street Tampa, the sweeping, 50-plus acre redevelopment project in Tampa's urban core, has unveiled new images and video of what the downtown district will look like upon completion.

    Strategic Property Partners released a conceptual image of what the Tampa skyline will look like once its redevelopment of 50-plus acres of downtown will look like. [Photo courtesy of  of SPP]
  2. Florida ranks high for workplace equality between men and women

    Working Life

    When it comes to the workplace, Florida ranks fifth in terms of gender equality, a WalletHub study released Tuesday found.

    Florida ranks high in terms of equality between men and women in the workplace. Pictured is Sandra Murman, county commissioner in 2015, talking about the differences in pay between men and women. | [Times file photo]
  3. Treasury secretary's wife boasts of travel on government plane, touts high fashion


    U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's wife, Louise Linton, boasted of flying on a government plane with her husband to Kentucky on Monday and then named the numerous fashion brands she wore on the trip in an unusual social media post that only became more bizarre minutes later.

    Steven Mnuchin and his then- financee Louise Linton watch as President Donald Trump speaks during Mnuchin's swearing-in ceremony as  treasury secretary in the Oval Office of the White House on Feb. 13. [Mandel Ngan | AFP via Getty Images]
  4. Ford, Chinese partner look at possible electric car venture


    BEIJING — Ford Motor Co. and a Chinese automaker said Tuesday they are looking into setting up a joint venture to develop and manufacture electric cars in China.

    In this April 23, 2016 photo, attendees take smartphone photos at a promotional event for Ford Motor Company ahead of the Auto China car show in Beijing. Ford Motor Co. announced an agreement Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 with a Chinese partner to look into forming a joint venture to develop and manufacture electric cars in China. [AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein]
  5. Judge throws out $458,000 condo sale, says Clearwater attorney tricked bidders

    Real Estate

    CLEARWATER — Pinellas County Circuit Judge Jack St. Arnold on Monday threw out the $458,100 sale of a gulf-front condo because of what he called an "unscrupulous" and "conniving" scheme to trick bidders at a foreclosure auction.

    John Houde, left, whose Orlando copany was the high  bidder June 8 at the foreclosure auction of a Redington Beach condo, looks in the direction of Clearwater lawyer and real estate investor Roy C. Skelton, foreground,  during a hearing Monday before Pinellas County Circuit Judge Jack St. Arnold.  [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times ]