Tip of the Week
Although few job-holders want to admit they're looking for work - at least at the workplace - a study notes that job-seekers spend anywhere from five to 20 hours a week looking for work (mostly online). How can you conduct a "confidential" job search - one where your anonymity is secure and there's little chance your boss will find out you're looking for new opportunities?
It's easier than ever, especially using online job search tools. For instance, most online job boards allow job hunters to post their resume confidentially. Some can block your resume from being sent to certain companies - including your own. Other steps you can take to guarantee your search won't come to the attention of the wrong people:
- Be careful using social networking sites. Social networking websites such as LinkedIn can be a valuable tool, but be careful. Employers can use LinkedIn, too, and they may catch on if you're following too many companies or if you're requesting a slew of professional recommendations (under the "profile" tab).
- Keep your search out of the workplace. Never use your employer's laptops, computers, email or telephone (even a cellphone) for a job search. A survey of 2,000 companies by the EPolicy Institute says 25 percent of companies have terminated an employee over misusing email. Your current employee won't appreciate your using company tools on your job search, and any potential employee may wonder about your loyalty if they see correspondence with your company's logo.
- Use "limited view" resumes. Most job search websites let you control who can and cannot see your resume. Monster.com, for example, offers a "visible and limited" resume option, which hides your contact data.
- Don't list your company's name on a resume or cover letter. Take the confidentiality step further by not naming your company on any correspondence with a potential employee. Instead, replace your firm's name with a generic term, such as "high-profile medical supply company" or "Fortune 500 manufacturing firm."
- Be honest with targeted employers. If you're reaching out to a new firm with a resume or cover letter, make a point about your desire for confidentiality using simple language such as "I would appreciate your keep our correspondence confidential."
- Don't dress up on the job. If you have a job interview and want to wear a suit, go ahead. But if you usually dress in "business casual" and show up at your current employer wearing a suit, that's going to raise some eyebrows. Better to change after you leave your workplace.
- No tweeting about your job search. Don't publicize your job search on Facebook or Twitter. Your manager may not follow you on a social networking site, but people who know your manager may follow you and will let him or her know about it.
- The Street
Consumers are familiar with malware that attacks their computers and understand the measures necessary to protect against it, but there is new malware that targets smartphones with Android operating systems. The Better Business Bureau is warning the owners of these devices about the need to take precautions. The BBB advises that mobile device users follow these steps:
- Understand how malware works. Be aware of the different ways that the malware passes into the Android operating system. Do not open emails or text messages that look questionable.
- Do not open messages from unknown senders. Do not click on any links or reply to messages that are from a network or email that is not secure or trustworthy. Make sure to completely delete the message from your inbox.
- Update your software. It is important to make sure that the applications are up to date so that they can better protect the phone. Run a full virus scan immediately on your phone if you click on any questionable links.
- Be cautious with unknown servers. Be wary about connecting to unknown wireless servers. These could pass malware onto your device.
For more tips, visit www.bbb.org.
According to The Street, here are the top five industries for starting a business:
1. Home health care
2. Home repair and remodeling
3. Event planning
5. Interpreters and translators
Barnes & Noble recently reported that hackers stole credit card information from 63 bookstores around the country. Affected customers are advised to change their PINs and watch for any suspicious account activity.
GateHouse News Service