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Keeping your CV safe online

With the recent news that the Guardian jobs website was hacked, the theft of 4.5 million users’ personal details from the monster.co.uk website, and with identity fraud on the increase,  what can you do to safeguard your online CV?

According to the Metropolitan Police, 93% of CVs posted online contain enough information for criminals to steal your identity. This information could then be used to take out credit cards and loans in your name, acess your accounts, seriously affect your credit rating and even gain a passport in your name!

Here are some top tips:

  • Make sure the site you are posting to is genuine as some bogus ones have been set up purely to collect CV data.  Research online the site’s reputation.
  • Be wary of those emails you get out of the blue suggesting you for an interview (particularly in a field that is not your skill set), and that request further personal detail.
  • Check that anyone you respond to with further information has a company domain name in their email address and not a host server address.

On your CV:

DO NOT put the following information online. A prospective employer will be able to assess if you have the correct experience for the job without it.

  • Full address. Leave off your house number and road
  • Your middle name
  • Your marital status
  • Your National Insurance number
  • Your date of birth/ place of birth (the Age Discrimination Act means that you don’t have to include this information)
  • Driving licence number
  • Bank details (obviously!)
  • Make sure you have a separate email address for job hunting. Get one free from sites such as Yahoo or Hotmail
  • Do not put names and addresses of any references. They will not thank you if their ID gets stolen! Simply write “References available on request”

In addition:

  • Do not put similiarly sensitive info on Facebook or other networking sites.
  • Deactivate any online CVs when you are not job hunting or if you do not use that job site any more.
  • Make a notes of all those places that you have applied to with your personal information online, just in case.
  • If you are applying directly to a company or via an email received, then have a look on the Companies House website (www.companieshouse.gov.uk) to check they are legitimate.
  • Ensure that you regularly change your jobs’ website passwords and have up to date anti-virus/security software on your laptop or PC.

How comfortable are you posting your CV online with the recent security breaches? Please leave a comment and let me know.

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Guest Bloggers Required!

Well, we are certainly attracting a bit of web traffic now, which is great to see, and throwing open the chance for you to add your guest blogs to this site.

Maybe you are a recruiter, an image consultant, a careers advisor, life coach, HR consultant or job hunter? If so then let us know if you would like to write us a guest blog article, sharing your news, hints, tips and advice with links through to your site!

Simply email jo@personal-marketing.co.uk with your article (around 400-700 words) and  share your expertise. Don’t forget to include a short bio on yourself and your web address if you have one.

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Good news for private sector jobs!

Finally, things are looking up in the private sector according to a joint report published yesterday by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and KPMG auditors.

Recruitment agencies across the UK reported that October has seen the highest level of job vacancies in over 17 months for both permanent and temporary staff. The Chief Executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, Kevin Green, feels that these figures indicate that UK unemployment will not hit the 3 million mark as has been anticipated by many to happen in the first quarter of 2010.

They also report that although wages have experienced a slight drop in the past month, this level is now slowing down in comparison with previous months. This suggests that the economy is starting to stabilise.

Although the biggest demand, the report states, was for medical staff and care workers in October, there were increased vacancies within the service (private) sector. However, while this is good news for the private sector, KPMG warn that the public sector will soon be facing the effects of a recession with the election of a new parliamentary team and the proposed public sector cut backs.

But, for struggling job hunters in the private sector, this report is optimistic news!

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Careers advice for children

An interesting story that has emerged over the past few days is that children as young as seven will be offered careers advice as part of a new scheme being trialled in 7 local authority areas across the UK.

The plan, launched by Schools Secretary Ed Balls and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, is part of a £10 million scheme to revolutionise careers advice given to children in schools and will also include the use of social networking sites to provide information.

Currently careers advice is offered to pupils around 14 years of age, but research has shown that by the age of 7, many children have very high career aspirations that need to be captured and nutured. Parents too should be encouraged to think about sending their children to university – especially those families who have never had a child attend university before and who consider it may be out of their means.

The scheme will provide career based learning, out-reach work with UK universities and involvement from local companies to give children a view of the world of work.

However, in other parts of the world this careers based learning has gone one step further.

The KidZania concept aims to use role playing to teach children about careers from an early age. Usually attached to shopping malls, KidZania is a large entertainments and education centre that looks like a child sized replica of a city. With buildings, streets, shops, vehicles and pedestrians, and numerous industries represented, children between the ages of 2 and 14 have the chance to sample over 75 different professions.  The “city” has its own currency, the KidZo, that children can earn, spend or invest in their “savings account” to learn about the value of money.

This concept, a Mexican based company with sites also in Japan, Dubai and Portugal, also ties in with commercial investment. Companies have scaled down replicas of their own industries (great advertising to parents!) and that enables the professions and equipment to be realistic.

The KidZania sites are proving to be massively popular with both parents and children as they present life in the outside world but in a fun, educational and inspiring way.

Maybe it’s about time we had a KidZania set up here in the UK to work in addition with Mr Balls’ new scheme?

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Recession-proof industries

Today’s figures released from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that the UK economy contracted for the sixth consecutive quarter. This means that we are now officially in the longest recession since 1955.

The hardest hit sector of all is not the banking sector as you might expect, but the manufacturing industry which has sadly lost 8.5%  of its jobs in the past year. This has hit the Midlands, North West and Wales particularly badly with factory closures affecting entire communities. Economists predict that it may take a while for this sector to recover even after the recession is over as many factories would need huge investment to re-open.

But, according to ONS figures, education is the best sector of all to be working in with a rise in jobs over the past year.

So, what other sectors are recession proof? Here are Personal Marketing’s suggestions….

Emergency services – we will always need firemen and, as people run short of cash, there will always be crime.  The country needs police!

Health care – people will always need doctors, nurses and midwives.

Utilities – you can’t do without gas, electric or water no matter how tight your finances.

Funerals – with the population of Britain set to rise to 71 million shortly undertakers have never been busier.

Pharmaceuticals – as the population gets bigger, and people get sick, they will need drugs.

Alcohol and confectionery – sales have boomed since the recession started.  Well, we all need such essentials.

Hairdressing – still got to have your hair cut! My small village alone has seven hair dressing salons.

Debt collection – this industry must be going great guns at the moment unfortunately.

Tax office – “Only two things in life are certain. Death and taxes”.

Toilet roll and nappy industries – completely recession proof as what other options are available?

So the recession is not all bad. Some sectors are clearly flourishing!

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October economy update

The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics indicate that 2.47 million people are now out of work. This  means unemployment levels have now hit 7.9%, up from 7.6% three months ago. The government are applauding themselves on this slow down and hailing it as “signs of a recovery” despite the fact that the level is still higher than it was three months ago!

The recession is hitting young people hardest, with 1 in 6 16-24 year olds seeking work. Hardest hit of all are the 16-18 year olds with 1 in 3 job seekers out of work. Not the ideal start to your working life and there are calls for corporations to extend internships and apprenticeships in order to help support their local community.

The Prince’s Trust has developed a scheme targetting those 16-25 year olds who need the most support. This includes those that have been long term unemployed, those leaving care and educational under achievers. Offering a free 12 week course, the Trust’s Team Programme will help build confidence, offer work experience, practical skills and community projects that will boost CVs and enable young people to feel more confident about tackling a daunting jobs market.

For more information go to : http://www.princes-trust.org.uk/

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