What do you think about being asked to give a contact phone number and resume on a job that doesn’t list the name of the company? I’m specifically referring to a job on for a book editor.
I’ve certainly sent my resume out before, but without a name or website, I’m hesitant. Of course, it’s not hard to find any one’s phone number these days, and I’m certainly in the phone book, but wondered if you had any thoughts on this.
Thank you for your time!
I’m not sure why you’re hesitant. As you say it’s pretty easy to find most folks these days and you’re in the phone book. You want them to be able to contact you don’t you? Of course you do.
I suspect if you don’t include your name, phone number and email on your resume you won’t get many responses. The competition is huge and the more barriers you put in front of prospective employers or clients the less likely you are to land one. I assume you included at least an email address, which I suspect makes you trackable unless you’re working through a site that makes you anonymous. But what are you afraid of? And does it make sense to be fearful?
I haven’t counted, but I’d guess at least 20% of the jobs posted for writers online are by individuals who want a writer for something they are doing. They don’t own a company or have a store front. They often don’t even have a website, yet they are totally legitimate people, capable of paying a writer, sometimes well.
My truth has become sort of there is no privacy, not really. I began to live that way years before the net after dating a detective and discovering even back then how difficult it was to hide. My goal is to live transparently – it’s just easier and it means potential clients can call me.
That doesn’t mean I’m unaware of identity theft – I am, and I take reasonable steps to protect myself. But if I want a gig or a job I want the person who I hope will hire me to be able to contact me in ways that are easy for them, and that includes phone, email and snail mail.
You, of course, can do it anyway you want and if you can make not including easy contact information work for you, go for it. But think it all the way through.
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