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    NEWSLETTERS

    NBC 7's Consumer Bob offers some tips on how job seekers can protect their privacy while searching for a job online.

    These days fewer resumes are being delivered in the mail, but more are being attached to emails.  That means your personal information can move faster than ever before. While that can be good for potential employers, it can be bad in the hands of identity thieves.

    Kim Gough with San Diego based Privacy Rights Clearinghouse has these 10 tips to protect your privacy while searching for jobs online:

    1)  Check out a Job Board's privacy policy before posting your resume

    2) Limit who can view your resume

    3) Limit the information on your resume and application to education, qualifications and experience. There is no need to give your phone number, home address and other personal information until the hiring process continues

    4) Create a unique email for your job search

    5) Don't give out your social security number until you are offered the job

    6) Don't include your references contact information on your resume but offer it later

    7) Don't trust any employer who wants money as part of the application

    8) Check out the potential employer while they check you out

    9) Be skeptical of any emails offering a perfect job and asking for personal information

    10) Be cautious, don't let the excitement of a job cloud your better judgment

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