This Month's Focus - Graduate Identity Theft
Identity Theft and Workforce Transition
Pitfalls for New Graduates
Very few of us really excel at exercising patience. This can be doubly true for graduates who have worked long and hard to complete their education and are, however nervously or confidently, launching into new venues – often without consideration of what this transition means for the security of their personal information.
Not only can this tendency put them at great risk, but they are circulating personally identifiable information (PII) widely in the form of resumes both before and after graduation. In addition, many job-seekers do not wish to seem overly sensitive or obstructive when discussing their information with a potential employer and may feel they have to release all their PII right away.
Identity theft during such a significant life stage transition can be even more devastating than during other, more stable times in our lives. Moving to a new location to take on a brand new job is already difficult. Imagine that being compounded by loss of your identity and the complications that can create, such as being shut out by a landlord or bank while seeking rental housing or a mortgage. The disruption of an identity theft is drawn out and stressful – not what is needed for a successful graduation-to-workforce transition.
Ultimately, both the opportunity to protect ourselves and the responsibility to do so fall to us each individually.
Be proactive – take control or your information.