Magazine article Workforce

A Resume for Disaster

Magazine article Workforce

A Resume for Disaster

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First there was Melissa. Then there was the Love Bug. Now there's the "Killer Resome." Just before Memorial Day weekend, employers were hit with a computer virus disguised as a resume from a job hunter. The bug invaded many corporate email systems nationwide.

The greeting, which read: "Resume-Janet Simons," enticed executives to scan Simons's qualifications by clicking on her attached "resume" (labeled "resume.doc" or "explorer.doc"). However, the only goal this bogus job seeker had was to worm its way into unsuspecting computer systems and delete files. The bug moved quickly and relentlessly, launching an automated program, or macro, that deleted files and automatically sent the virus on to others in the recipient's Microsoft Outlook e-mail address directory.

Because of the tight labor market, managers are especially vulnerable to such scams. A few years ago, they probably would have just sent such unsolicited resumes on to HR. Now, however, most managers treat any incoming resumes like gold.

It brings up the question of how to deal with resumes from unknown sources when they arrive as attachments to e-mail messages. "Maybe I've been lucky and have opened many attachments with the resume in Microsoft Word. I have had [only] a few resumes where my virus protector caught a virus and cleaned it first," says Geri Kleeman, owner of Morgan-Taylor, Inc., a Chicago-based search firm.

"For the last three years, all positions that I have posted on the Web or newsgroups `require' that an ASCII version of the resume be included in the body of the e-mail," says Carole Stein, president of Jumpstart Enterprises Inc. The company, based in Tallahassee, Fla., is the developer ofYourjobkit (http:// www.yourjobkit.com). "Most applicants who are serious about using the Web as a job-hunting tool have learned that they need three types of resumes: formatted, ASCII, HTML. …

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