Bluetea in Texas said: You have every right to be concerned. Identity theft wasn't a problem 20 years ago because no one needed that much information. However, that was a much different job market.
Today, its mostly done online and that puts you at risk.
A few tips:
1. Get a separate email account just for job hunting.
2. If you post a resume online, remove your street address. City, State and Zip are fine.
3. Never give out your SSN unless you know the site/company is reputable. If in doubt back out or put 000 as the first 3 numbers.
4. Keep track of where you have applied and when. I use a spreadsheet.
5. Check your credit report, every few years to make sure that there are no mistakes or suspicious activity.
Finish dinner I see. Now giving out tips. You live an exciting life. Just like Bond I see.
No personal information online is safe. None! No matter what anyone says.
I briefly worked for IBM. About 3 years ago I received some letter stating that my employee information was "compromised."
Over a year ago I filled an online app for the local utility company - NYSEG. Last week I got a letter in the mail stating my information was "compromised."
These thieves are scary smart. I think I am going to start using just cash.
Here's the utility comp letter:
We take our responsibility to protect your personal data very seriously. For this reason, we are writing to inform you that recently we discovered there was unauthorized access to our Internet recruitment site that is used by internal and external candidates during the recruitment and hiring process at.....................................
Then they offer a free year of Experian monitoring.
Pass on any jobsite that wants SSN, DOB, DL#, checking #.