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Protect Yourself when Submitting your Resume

Date March 13, 2009


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As a freelancer, there’s a good chance that you’ll still need to maintain and update a current resume to be sent out for review by potential clients or subcontract employers. A self-employment resume will be similar to what you would use if you were seeking job with an employer on a non-independent basis but may also contain specific information that outlines and defines your specific skills and talents, as well as examples of your work.

When you’re working as a freelancer, it’s likely that you operate a small business, one that you may even run from your own home. Many freelancers choose to apply for and use an Employee Identification number instead of their social security number for tax purposes, but not all freelancers will. There’s a multitude of security concerns that a freelancer needs to pay attention to, though not everyone just starting out will realize the need for such security measures until they inadvertently become a victim of fraud.

When you send out your resume, it typically will go to people with whom you do not have an established business relationship. Essentially, you could be setting yourself up for big trouble by sending the wrong information out to strangers. Here are some things you should never list on a freelance resume or website to help protect your privacy:

Never Disclose Your Address
If you work from home and include your home address on your resume/website, you’re leaving yourself open to unwanted visitors. You can also be providing information to make it even easier to steal your identity.

Never List Your Social Security Number
As mentioned previously, if you’re working as a freelancer, you should apply to receive an EIN number for tax purposes. You should never provide your personal social security number for any reason that is not legitimate.

Never Send Your Bank Information
There will be times that a client will request to pay via direct deposit from bank to bank. By providing your bank information, you leave yourself open to having your account wiped out. Instead of accepting such types of payments, you should look into alternative arrangements, such as PayPal, to use for payments. If a direct bank deposit is the only way, set up a separate account for such transactions and keep little money in it.

Review Contracts Carefully
If a prospective client requires paperwork for subcontracting opportunities, be careful what you’re signing. Read the contract’s fine print and be sure you’re clear about what you’re committing to in writing.

What You Should Include on a Resume
It’s acceptable and expected that you will provide basic resume information such as work history and experience. You may also want to provide any website addresses where clients can learn more about your work, as well as the URL’s for any online work samples you have. Always think about what you’re including in your resume, your website, and your references. Never, ever assume that everyone with a job opportunity is legitimate.

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2 Responses to “Protect Yourself when Submitting your Resume”

  1. Joey said:

    Good post. I’m starting out as a freelancer and I had forgotten about some of these things. …although there are times and places where my mailing address will/could be a great comfort to potential clients. For example some online employment sites are loaded with people from India, some of which may be posting as being from the US.

  2. Jerret said:

    You’re right, Joey. It’s important to maintain a balance between what you’re giving out and what you’re withholding. I know people who withhold too much information (their perogative) but at some point it’s going to hurt their chances of getting more work. Thanks!

    -Jerret

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