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If you are looking for work, there is certain information you are expected to share. But when you are giving out so much of your personal information, how can you be certain what is happening to it?

Meet your recruiter
Meeting a recruiter, at their office, will show you how they operate and ensure that you are working with a legitimate person. Unfortunately there are fake LinkedIn profiles, designed to defraud you, as well as unscrupulous companies; check out who you are doing business with.

Ask where your data is going
Your recruitment partner should be able to tell you what they are going to do with that information. At BeecherMadden, your information will be stored on our database and once you have agreed to apply to a BeecherMadden client, the information will be sent to that client. It will not be shared with companies that you have not agreed to pass that information on to. If a recruitment company can’t confirm that for you, consider carefully what you are prepared to share.

Know what information is normal and what isn’t
Sharing your phone number, email and home address is normal when making an application. When you register you will be asked to provide a copy of your passport, or other documents to prove your right to work in the country. The further down the application process you go, you may be asked for your date of birth, and information such as nationality that will enable companies to assess their diversity processes. If you are not comfortable providing this, say so and it will not affect your application. You should not be asked to provide passwords, or bank details and should certainly not be asked to make any payments. Hopefully obvious, but hopefully a red flag! The only exception is if you are starting a contract assignment, when bank details will be need in order to make a payment to you.

Tell your recruiter if something is confidential
If you have a genuine reason, such as security clearance, for not being able to provide certain information, let your recruiter know. For example, your home address may not be crucial to the application process and you may be able to provide this only after accepting a job offer. If this makes you more comfortable, then say so.

Be on your guard
Is your recruiter available on the phone or will they only email? If they have contacted you via LinkedIn, does their profile look legitimate or are there inconsistencies. For instance, if they have a university education but speak in broken English, they may not be who they say they are. Can you find their company registered with Companies House?

Share accurate information with your recruiter
This will help both of you in the long run. Companies often ask to check payslips before making a formal job offer and may withdraw an offer if you have mis-led them on your CV. Expect honesty from your recruitment company and provide the same in return.

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