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Making Your Job Search More Confidential

Everyone is concerned about privacy on Facebook but forgets about privacy and confidentiality when job hunting. Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter suggests how to make your resume more confidential and how to set your Linkedin settings for better privacy when job hunting.


Let's talk today about confidentiality in the job search. Most people don't want their boss to find out that they are looking for work yet they do a lot of things that will expose themselves to their boss finding out that they are looking for work.

Let's start with talking about your resume in a way where is actually visible on the web. You don't think employers are looking for resumes and job boards in order to see which of their employees is looking for work? They do. Many firms look for resumes of their staff on job boards in an effort to find out who is looking, who was leaving and not to be caught short by resignation. When you stop and think of it, it is pretty smart on their part is? , What you've done is plant the seed of doubt in your mind that you are someone that they can trust.

As a result, if you post your resume on 1 of the major job boards, pay for a confidentiality future. It is not expensive and NOT USING IT can become very expensive for you.

I'm not making you money from this or any other recommendation on making today. I'll simply say that you should pay for the confidentiality feature; what it will do is encrypt your name in some long and ridiculous looking email address. It is worth it to you.

The 2nd thing is that you're smart to use LinkedIn in your job search, but are goofy for not changing some of your privacy settings. We also the think of Facebook and privacy because there been any number of situations where Facebook has changed its rules and made privacy an issue. We don't think about LinkedIn.

There are places where LinkedIn is broadcasting to connections of yours some of your actions. Do you really want that boss of yours with a colleague of yours to know that you're looking for job by see you all the recruiters that you are connecting with are seeing all the firms that you are now following on LinkedIn. The way to deal with your privacy settings is to go to your page on LinkedIn and look in the upper right for your name. Click on it and you'll see your settings there. Go to the privacy settings page and limit who can see your postings.

Turn off your activity broadcasts, select who can see your activity feed and select what others can see when they view your profile. Select who can see your connections. Like I said, you want your boss to see that you are connecting with a bunch of recruiters?

These are a few places that with privacy changes you can become a little bit more secretive about your behavior and confidential in your search using LinkedIn.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching or interview coaching from me?  Email me at and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line. offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

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