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Heed This Advice

Your email account can get you fired. But if you heed some simple advice you don’t need to lose your old job as you seek a new job. Before the advice, some background. 

In our business of healthcare facility management search and education, Jack and I speak to active and passive job seekers regularly. We may speak with them about healthcare industry trends, their personal goals, or the skills potential employers seek; anything is fair game. At the end of these conversations candidates may confidentially send us their resume for our review and comment. Unfortunately, confidentiality may have already been unwittingly comprised by the candidate themselves. How?

Because many candidates correspond with us via their work email. I am always surprised when a work email is used for correspondence and discussion. It is especially surprising from professionals who have management accountability over others, or who have an administrative assistant who may have access to their email and calendar. 

Just recently we heard from a candidate who lost a job because their boss caught them using a work email for job search purposes. This candidate is not alone, this has occurred in multiple instances we are aware of.

And so a simple word of advice in this day and age of multiple email addresses: Don’t use business emails to reply to, discuss, send resumes, or set up interviews. Use your personal email.   

While we can legitimately discuss the appropriateness of using work equipment to conduct a job search, which is a blog unto its own for another day, what is undeniable is the main theme from George Orwell’s popular novel 1984 should always be on your mind when using work equipment for non-work purposes:  You never know when big brother is watching. 

Has this happened to you? Do you have a similar experience? Please feel free to comment below. Thank you, 

Peter Martin


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