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Giving your social security number to online job applications


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#1 DrSmart

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 09:36 PM

Hi, I am wanting to apply for jobs online, but every one of them wants my social security number. And I don't even think it is a secure connection.

Should I give it out?

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 09:37 PM

Does the front of the URL use http or https?

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 09:39 PM

No.

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 09:42 PM

If the URL doesn't start with https then it is NOT secured. Do not submit any sensitive info over an unsecured connection.


Even if the connection is secured, I would be very careful about sending some website your SSN. If it's a well-known and established company running the site, I might consider it; but if it's JoeBobsJobBoard.com then absolutely not.

Edited by Andrew, 05 May 2011 - 09:44 PM.


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Posted 05 May 2011 - 09:44 PM

Petco, Best Buy, Winn Dixie, they all do it. Just how safe (or unsafe) is this?

How did you get your job? Did you have to use your SSN?

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 09:51 PM

Well you will hate to see my job application, it turns to be about 50 pages.

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 09:56 PM

What sort of a job requires 50 pages?

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 10:01 PM

One which requires access to classified information.

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 10:28 PM

Cool, what should I do about the ssn thing?

Check this out for example:
http://www.winndixie.com/Employment/Apply_Retail_Stores.asp

Enter a zip code with a wd store and follow the steps until you get to the ssn part.

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 10:39 PM

I cant apply there are not Windixie's here.

I would not apply online to WD.

Edited by cryptodan, 05 May 2011 - 10:42 PM.


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Posted 05 May 2011 - 11:10 PM

How did you get your job? Did you have to use your SSN?

The old fashioned way: by fax :P

They only took my SSN after I was hired for tax and right-to-work verification reasons, which legally is all they're supposed to use it for.

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 11:14 PM

Then can someone show me the way to fax an application for best buy?

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 11:16 PM

me? I walked into the establishment and asked for an application. . .good ol fashioned legwork has gotten me every single job Ive gotten.

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 11:20 PM

The apply links are all HTTPS, so its secure.

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 11:22 PM

Not sure what site you are looking at.

But poking around on the Main BB site then going to Careers then picking Geek Squad. May not have been in your location. Seem`s only available positions are listed. There was a link provided to apply by e mail.
That is all the further I went. I would assume you have a resume with a cover letter.




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