The danger of online resumes

Subject: The danger of online resumes
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: techwr-l List <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, arroxaneullman -at- aol -dot- com
Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2008 11:31:59 -0500

Arroxane reports: <<Like many professionals, I maintain my resume
online so that those seeking services, help, or mentoring can easily
contact me.>>

I haven't done this for a very good reason: it makes identity theft
easier. I'll send my actual resume only if someone establishes their
bona fides. Yes, my identity would still be relatively easy to steal
by anyone who's willing to invest a bit of time doing so, but they'll
have to work a bit, and most such thieves are too lazy to make the
effort: there's easier prey out there, and certainly much more
lucrative prey.

<<However, this also leaves us open to the oddball inquiry--
frequently with ridiculous grammar, spelling, and offers. This one
cracked me up mostly because of its ambiguity: "HI. I am by the
representative of the international financial company incorperation.
We research for the man in your country for good cooperation. If you
are have interested to work with us, write to email with [address].">>

Without meaning to sound critical, "it depends". I work primarily as
a scientific editor, specializing in clients for whom English is a
second language. If I discarded outright every letter with weird
syntax and a questionable sender name, I'd probably have lost half of
my current client list.

Yes, this particular one is probably questionable (most ones related
to financial institutions are), but you can't make assumptions based
solely on the language, particularly if you're in my line of work.
For that matter, my wife recently had to update her spam filter
because she was editing a book written by -- no, really!!! -- a
Nigerian banker. <grin>

-- Geoff Hart
ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca / geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com
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