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MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Look, I see the signs. We get the resumes.

I know how hard it is to get a job in this economy.

It gets harder when you fill out a job application, and everything you write on it makes an identity thief drool.

The credit bureau Experian's ProtectMyID program recommends these tips when you fill out a job application:  

* OMIT YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER. Tell the employer you'll share that number if you are hired. Your Social Security number is only necessary for payroll purposes, unless you are applying for a law enforcement or security position, which may ask for your number up-front in order to run a background check.

* IF YOU'RE DROPPING IT OFF, ONLY GIVE IT TO A MANAGER OR HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICIAL. Don't just hand it to anybody.

* IF YOU'RE APPLYING ONLINE, CONFIRM THE EMPLOYER'S SITE IS SECURE. Look for the "s"after the "http" in the web address, as well as a solid lock icon in your web browser.

Here's a cool approach:  if you have to create an online profile on the employer's site, use a password (mixing letters, numbers and symbols, of course) that incorporates the company's name or theme instead of something that explicitly identifies you.

You can't guarantee you'll get the job. But you can guarantee the job won't steal your personal information.

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