« Resume Speak from Recruiters & HR Professionals | Main | What about my grades? Q&A/FAQ from email »

Scamming your Social Security Number

Never, ever give your Social Security number to anyone while you are job hunting until:

1. You are far enough into the recruiting process that the employer says that your hire is contingent on a satisfactory criminal, credit and other background check. Before you give out the number, you will be asked to sign a document granting permission for the checks; or

2. You have accepted the job and are signing forms that will permit you to be paid.

Beware: a job posting with a salary extremely far above market, and an application that asks for your Social Security number.

Think long and hard before giving your number to a stranger -- and especially a stranger over the internet.