Will GDPR affect your job search?

By Tom Evans

When it comes to the incoming General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, many professionals have been kept busy to make sure their business is compliant. However, for those of us who are out of work or looking for a career change, just how will the new data protection act affect your job search?

Thankfully, it isn’t all doom and gloom for job seekers, but you may see a change in recruitment processes. So, if you’ve been trawling the likes of Jobsite after your next career opportunity, or regularly sending your CV out to prospective employers, the following may prove helpful to know:

Databases will change

While all of the latest job-searching advice will stay relevant for now, you should keep in mind that how your data is being stored will change. In order to maintain GDPR compliance, recruitment agencies and any organisation that you send your CV to will have to be extremely clear about how they will use your information.

Appropriate use of your data will come under increased scrutiny, so job sites and recruiters may not want to hold onto your records for longer than could be reasonably expected. Some firms may also be more reluctant to pass your CV between colleagues, so you may have to try a little harder to get a job at the company you want.

No more convoluted privacy policies

One of the great things about GDPR is that tricky to understand privacy policies are now a thing of the past. If you want to read about how and why your data is being stored, then this information should be there for you to access in clear terms. Privacy policies may be actively promoted or you can generally find them in the footer of the company’s website.

Stemming the email tide

Nowadays, any job seeker knows that if they’re searching for their next opportunity, or even just looking for careers advice and interview tips, they can always approach a recruitment firm for help. These professional recruiters will assist with the job search and provide career tips, for which you’re often grateful, and you may even end up on their mailing list.

Of course, the occasional email full of helpful job-searching advice will be appreciated, but some professionals may soon find themselves being sent large numbers of emails. This situation will change pretty soon after the introduction of GDPR as once the regulations come into force, you will have the right to request to be forgotten from any database. Companies will also only be able to hold your data for a reasonable amount of time, so you may see a drop in the number of emails you have to wade through each morning to find the job vacancies and interview tips you actually want to see.

Time to reapply

You may get emails asking for permission to keep you on a database. If you don’t reply then companies will likely delete your data after a set period of time, so you may have to go through the process of reapplying for recruitment agencies or posting out your CV once again. If you do get reminder emails from specific employers or recruiters, then make sure you let them know that you want to keep hearing from them.

As you can see, while GDPR may not affect job seekers directly, it will definitely impact potential employers and the companies that recruit for them. Ultimately, the data-protection regulations should lead to a more secure and better job-seeking experience for the UK’s professionals.

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