The Confidentiality Fudge Factor

The confidentiality policy fudge factor? Guess what – there is none. Lazlo Bock, CEO of Google states that breaking confidentiality policies is one of the biggest mistakes he sees on resumes. If your supervisor is worth the big dollars he/she gets paid, you will be “educated” on your company’s confidentiality policy, and you will have no excuse for listing clients and other confidential information on your resume.

And once you get to the interview? Nope. You still cannot discuss clients or other confidential information even if the interviewer asks you. And they WILL ask you. Your potential employer wants to know how serious you are about protecting your company’s client lists, trade secrets, etc. You may lose the opportunity for a new job by trying to impress your next potential employer. However, you may ACTUALLY impress the employer by apologizing when they ask for confidential information and referring to your current company’s confidentiality policy.

Once you land that great new job, can you blab confidential information then? Nope. Make sure you read and understand any confidentiality policies for ANY company for which you work. You can be sued for disclosing protected information at any of the above stages: on the resume, at the interview and while working at the new job. It will also ruin your professional reputation. That said, there are still some unscrupulous companies out there who will press you for the information.

How will your employer find out? Please. This is the era of the online career profile and resume. You may think you are safe posting information on-line, but you will trip yourself up. One little mistake on a career profile or resume can get you fired and sued. For example, trying to hide Kodak as “an internationally known imaging company based in Western New York” on your resume and thinking you are safe is irresponsible. Any potential employer is going to know you are referring to Kodak, so don’t do it.

Want to know about other common resume mistakes? See Lazlo Bock’s article here.

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