What NOT to include in your job application

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is now in force and businesses are furiously working to ensure compliance. Which in 2018 is not easy.

We are sharing our personal data without a second thought through our computers and our mobile phones. Our printers, scanners (and faxes if you still use them) are storing data we likely have forgotten about). And don't get me on the subject of Alexa which is getting ready to listen in on the conversations you are having in your home with your guests and on the phone.

And having been party to an attempted bank fraud recently, this collection, storage and use of data makes me shudder.

But you CAN help yourself and those you're interacting with during the course of job hunting by not oversharing. Specifically not sharing what is now called 'Special Category Data'.

What is Special Category Data?

This is data deemed to be particularly sensitive, and so needs more protection. For example, information about an individual’s:

  • race;
  • ethnic origin;
  • politics;
  • religion;
  • trade union membership;
  • genetics;
  • biometrics (where used for ID purposes);
  • health;
  • sex life; or
  • sexual orientation.

Yes, hirers need to know if you have the Right to Work in the UK. Whether you're an EU National or Non EU national. But, STOP. Please consider carefully which information is necessary to share and which is not as you press 'send' on that job advert online.

Anyone collecting data has a huge responsibility to you and we don't want too much of it. Really, we don't.

GDPR is giving you greater control over your data, quite rightly. Take responsibility for that data and how it is used.

Don't overshare.

Clare Wight

Managing Director

Clarity Appointments is an independent accountancy and office recruitment agency based outside St Neots.