Foolproof Your Job Search in 6 Moves

Guess what! Today’s World Backup Day (WBD)! Woo! You knew that right? And, have you backed-up? Because apparently 30% of us never have.

And, did you know identity theft reached record levels in 2016? What’s more most of it was online.

Today’s job searches are now largely conducted online. Fast and efficient they may be, but they’re not always safe. So, in a hyper-connected world which gives us instant access to roles and where companies have instant access to our social media feeds it’s best practice to get tech-safety savvy.

Read on to discover our 6 top tips – and it’s all easier than you’re thinking. No html nous needed here thank you.

STEP 1: BACKUP YOUR STUFF

What – According to WBD: “A backup is a second copy of all your important files — for example, your family photos, home videos, documents and emails. Instead of storing it all in one place (like your computer), you keep another copy of everything somewhere safe.”
Why – “One small accident or failure could destroy all the important stuff you care about,” says WBD. Think about it – 1 in 10 computers get a virus and 113 mobiles are lost or stolen every minute!
How – It’s easy, they say. “Most people backup their files in one of two ways: to an external drive, or somewhere on the Internet.” Find out more and sign the pledge here.

STEP 2: USE BETTER PASSWORDS

What – Identity theft is where someone steals your personal info to pretend to be you, often for financial gain. Plus it’s increasing as more and more of use the internet in our daily routines.
Why – An easy route for hackers is through your email. That way they can probably gain access to many of your personal accounts. Unfortunately quite a few of us have hacker-friendly passwords.
How – Easy as 1,2,3 (but not actually 1,2,3): create a strong password comprised of three random words says the Government’s CyberAware advisory body. Random is key here: “Never use any word which is related to you and may be easy to guess, for example by looking at your social media pages,” they say.

STEP 3: JOB SEARCH SAFELY

What – As in anything you do online, use common sense when it comes to your job search. Just like those pesky email scams job scams are a thing to watch out for. Job fraud has many guises, but often includes sharing personal info (think ID fraud) or handing over money.
Why – With nearly 70% of job seekers starting their job hunt online job fraud has risen too. In 2016 SAFERjobs (Safe Advice for Employment & Recruitment) reported a 300% in job fraud. Don’t fall for it.
How – For safer job hunting it’s best to sign up with reputable job sites and agencies – like Angel! And only deal with verified organisations or people. Find out more about safer job hunting over at SAFERjobs or Get Safe Online.

STEP 4: DOWNLOAD SENSIBLY

What – Downloading files is a quick and convenient way to share information. From person specifications to applications forms it’s likely we’ll be asked to download something along our job search.
Why – However downloading information from unverified websites – like that free ebook on how to earn a million pounds in 10 days – can open your computer or mobile up to things like viruses or spyware.
How – Think before you download. Have you got antivirus software installed? Is it up-to-date? And use trusted file sharing sites where possible, like WeTransfer. For more downloading advice go to Get Safe Online.

STEP 5: BE SOCIAL MEDIA SAVVY

What – Social media sites boast over 1.3 billion users every month and counting! And as we know – mostly from bad date stories – some people aren’t quite who they say they are.
Why – With everything from personal photos to professional achievements being judged via social platforms it’s vital to keep your online life safe and secure. Not just time-wasting and inconvenient social media phishing can be embarrassing too as hackers post their material in your name.
How – Again use your common sense. Think before you post all that personal stuff – check out the Cifas guide Beware What You Share. (Aimed at younger users, it’s relevant to most of us.) And ask yourself if Richard Branson’s just offered you a PA position out of the blue, is it likely?

STEP 6: WRITE A SAFE CV

What – We’ve been banging on about personal information today and your CV is full of it. Letting people know what you can do and where you did it is great, but don’t feel you have to overshare.
Why – Some of the CVs we see contain the whole gamut of personal data from date of birth to National Insurance Numbers and beyond. That’s powerful info in the wrong hands!
How – Never put your National Insurance number, driver’s licence number, bank account information, credit card information or passport number on your CV. You don’t even need to include your date of birth since the Equality Act of 2010 makes age discrimination illegal in the recruitment process. So keep the personal info minimal – think: name, contact number and an email address (maybe one dedicated to your job searches?).

And, if you want a little job search support Angel is here.

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