TO BLOG OR NOT TO BLOG

Everyone has them. Even recruiters. Which brings me to my point!

Posting intelligent and articulate comments on blogs can be a great way to get you noticed, differentiate you from the hundreds of other candidates vying for a recruiter’s attention.

The downside – isn’t there always one? Google is the great weapon in a prospective employer’s arsenal. All he needs to do is type in your name and he has access to the kinds of public comments you are making.

The compromise. Post carefully, thoughtfully, and articulately.

SARBANES–OXLEY ACT

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.