Review – “Cyberspace is a job jungle”
from Fortune Magazine, 05/24/99 

Notice: Do not post your resume on the Internet. It is easily accessible to anyone for the purposes of downloading them and using for their own databanks without your consent or knowledge.

Recently posting your resume on the Internet has become more of a nuisance than anything else. Headhunters have been going online into posting sites such as Monster.com and HotJobs.com, and pulling resumes without the candidate having any idea. As long as someone signs on to these sites on a non-corporate user name, they can access any resume posted. (read more…)

People looking for jobs need to realize, the almost immanent danger of posting your resume online. You need to protect yourself from having your resume on the Internet unless it is for a specific position or a recruiter you have spoken to.

One employee was called into his manager’s office after his resume was pulled from a Monster Board without his knowledge, and actually sent it to the company he had accepted a position with. He explained that he posted the resume 7 months before he accepted the position with the company and was able to salvage his job, but even after this incident, the same resume was sent to his boss twice more without his knowledge.

Companies have now written programs called “spiders”, which go into job boards at night and pull off resumes with no consent, in an attempt by recruiters to populate themselves with candidates. Even private, password-secured sites aren’t immune to these bugs. ComputerJobs.com, recently had rivals sign up as “clients”, and download resumes for reposting. According to Jamie L. Johnson, an attorney from Brobeck, Phleger, and Harrison, “once you’ve posted something publicly, forget it.”

One person lost track of their resume’s whereabouts, at which time someone took it, improved on it, the sent it out to clients. They recalled getting calls from companies inquiring about his experience at a power plant he had never even heard of.

There is currently no foolproof way for someone to post their resume without fear of someone taking it for their own purposes. Some companies are taking certain precautions however to protect the confidentiality of the client. JobOptions.com has taken a “blind”, approach wherein applicants post there resumes with no name, and can send inquiring companies more information by e-mail, as they see fit.

Some companies have started hiring people called “salvagers.” These people spend their days working for companies online, browsing the web looking for employee’s names that may have posted their resume online. When someone’s name is found they are reported to their supervisor and dealt with accordingly. Most companies deny using such “salvagers,” but it is a perfectly legal, widely used resource that can be very dangerous for an unwitting business person looking to further their career online.

What it comes down to is, if you are straight out of school or currently unemployed, resume-posting sites can be a great resource. However, if you are currently employed and stand to lose your job once your manager or supervisor hears of your career search, a certain amount of protective steps are advised. Use your recruiter to help wade the waters of career advancement.