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Does your CV get throw in the trash in your country?

Asked by poisonedantidote (21675points) April 2nd, 2013

I was amazed to learn recently, that it is illegal in Spain for a company to take a CV off of you when you go to hand one in looking for work.

Because of the 1999 Data Protection law, companies are not allowed by law to store your details, including those of a CV.

People are walking round all over town, handing CVs over to receptionists, who then hand them on to the director, who then throws them in the trash due to Data Protection laws.

Here in Spain, if you want a company to be legally allowed to take your CV and store it for future use, you have to include a clause at the bottom of the CV, stating that you are authorizing the establishment to store your details, and that you consent to them being used for employment selection.

The thing is, no one knows about this, and everyone is out there handing out CVs, wasting their time.

Does the Data Protection Act have the same effect where you are ?

BQ: What do you think about making it illegal to hand out CVs in an economic crisis?

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syz's avatar

I am required to store them for a minimum of 3 years, regardless of their eligibility.

tedibear's avatar

I’m in the United States and they must be kept on file, in whatever manner they were received. The last thing I saw was that the Federal law says two years, but most companies keep them for three years. However, it has been a while since I’ve actually had to pay attention to this, so my timeframes may be wrong.

I don’t like the idea of the CV going into a trash bin. If you’re not allowed to keep my resume, or choose not to, I want it shredded.

The idea of handing out you CV being illegal at any time seems ridiculous, but especially in an economic crisis. Frankly, I admire anyone who is looking for work.

Crumpet's avatar

I’m not sure about the UK, but I’ve been unemployed for the past 3 months and its starting to feel like they are all going straight to the bin.

marinelife's avatar

In the US, you are required to store them even if unsolicited.

trailsillustrated's avatar

One time, I was on a flight and I observed a man going through CV’s in the row next to me. He definitely was binning them.

poisonedantidote's avatar

@Crumpet Last time I was in the UK, I spent 4 months looking for work. Out of 1711 CVs in my email sent box, and about 600 more handed out in cold calling, I had 1 response, that was from Pizza Hut, saying I’m over qualified for a job with them, things are real bad in the UK.

I heard Costa coffee advertised 1 position in London, and had over 800 applicants.

CWOTUS's avatar

I think my résumé gets thrown in the trash before it’s even removed from the envelope or email in which it is enclosed.~

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