Re: A question for the list in general

Subject: Re: A question for the list in general
From: Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:43:16 -0400

Right on, Craig.

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On Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 11:36 AM, Cardimon, Craig <ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com>
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> For one thing, resist using staffing firms. They don't have your best
> interests at heart. You know who does: YOU.
>
> Who knows what you can do and what you want? YOU do.
>
> You can start by following The Muse (https://www.themuse.com/) and Liz
> Ryan on LinkedIn.
>
> Here is something to give you a boost:
>
> htthttps://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20130911064029-52594-
> how-to-be-your-own-headhunter
>
> -- Craig
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: techwr-l-bounces+ccardimon=m-s-g -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com [mailto:
> techwr-l-bounces+ccardimon=m-s-g -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of
> Keith Hood
> Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 11:24 AM
> To: techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
> Subject: A question for the list in general
>
> Has anyone else seen this?
>
> Lately, I've been seeing something in the behavior of staffing firms that
> bugs me. Whenever I respond to a message about a possible job opening, they
> ask for a lot of information like current location, availability, etc. And
> recently, a lot of them ask for the last 4 digits of my Social Security
> number, and my date of birth - month and year. The SSN, of course, is
> critical in identifying people in official government records, and under
> HIPAA rules, the 4-digit DOB is used for confirming ID in medical records.
>
> As far as I can tell, this just started recently, in the last year. It
> used to be that every great once in a while, a recruiter would ask for the
> last
> 4 on the SSN, but it was because I was applying at a company where I had
> worked before, and the client company wanted it so they could confirm my
> identity in their records. I can't remember a recruiter ever asking for my
> DOB before last year.
>
> So why are all recruiting agencies now asking me for this data right at
> the start as a normal matter of course? What legitimate reason could
> recruiters have for asking me to disclose to them the data that is most
> sought after by scammers and identity thieves?
>
> I've had some tell me that they need it for distinguishing me in their
> records, which I say is a load. If all they want is a key for information
> about me in their database, they could just make up a number on their own -
> a fact which I have pointed out to more than one recruiter. The fact their
> have a field on their record keeping interface is NOT sufficient reason for
> me giving up critical secure information. A couple have told me that the
> client company they recruit for requires that data. In those cases I've
> asked for an explanation from the client company as to why they think they
> need that particular data, and I've never received any responses to those
> questions.
>
> Any thoughts on this?
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References:
A question for the list in general: From: Keith Hood
RE: A question for the list in general: From: Cardimon, Craig

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