Not exactly a common household name, but it may become one. Particularly as it relates to new regulations regarding financial disclosures and the provision that companies must warehouse emails, instant messages, blog postings, and other electronic data … even new Internet phone conversation logs.

What does that have to do with you, the job seeker? If you’re employed and using company equipment and email to conduct a job search, make inquiries, or communicate with networking contacts … EVERYTHING!

I know I’ve said it before but it is worth repeating. Use a personal email account on personal time and use your personal cell phone for any job search (or other personal) conversations. Not only might it save your current position, but prospective companies may also notice the integrity you bring to the table.

Think it can’t happen to you? Google Harry C. Stonecipher, Frank Quattrone, or Henry M. Blodgett. It happened to them.

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