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So last week we asked our CBCampus ambassadors what they thought happened when they use a site like CBCampus or CareerBuilder.  They gave some very informative answers.

We asked because people are often confused about whether or not their application is just floating in space or if it actually lands in anyone’s inbox. Here’s what really happens when you apply for a job through CBCampus or CareerBuilder:

If you’re a registered user, you can save a résumé on the site and just select it when you find a job you want to apply to. It makes the process more convenient for you and (in my opinion) serves as a nice back up in case you find yourself in need of a résumé. You’ll know it’s always online, accessible to you. However, some people understandably prefer not to have their information stored on the site. However, saving it in the system gives employers access to find you if they have an opening you might be a good fit for.

Once the application/résumé is sent in, employers have the say-so on how things happen.

  • Many, if not most, employers have all applications directed into their e-mail inbox. It might be their personal e-mail or a separate one that stores all applications. Either way, there’s no middle step here–it’s all funneling into one repository for the hiring manager’s review.
  • Other employers direct résumés to a applicant tracking system (ATS) where it pulls information from the documents and sends it to the employer. The employer then doesn’t know how you specifically applied to the job, he or she just has the information in his or her hands.

Hopefully that gives you some idea about how the process works and how your application goes from your computer screen tot he employer’s hands. It’s not a big mystery and there are little variations along the way, but it’s a pretty simple process.

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A few weeks back, we mentioned that you could tap into the CareerBuilder.com network at the touch of a button on your iPhone.

We are proud to announce another way to tap into CareerBuilder.com — we have launched a live podcast!

Now you can take us with you on your commute, or to the gym, and let us keep you informed and in touch with issues and topics important to job seekers.

Our first podcast includes content on these topics:

–  CareerBuilder.com’s Q3 Job Forecast

–  Best Excuses for Calling in Sick from CareerBuilder.com’s 2008 Absenteeism Survey

–  Today’s 20 Fastest-Growing Jobs

–  Cool Jobs That Pay Well

You can hear our podcast by visiting us at  http://podcast.careerbuilder.com  — so check us out!

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I know I just posted about Facebook last week, but I figured it wouldn’t hurt to have this week’s post follow closely on the same subject. Especially because as a fellow Facebook and MySpace user (and working for a company where half the staff has an account as well), I know the implications of having a profile that companies can look at.

I know this topic has been blogged about before, but especially now that Facebook has opened it’s doors to people of all ages, including companies, I just wanted to reiterate some important points:

  • Be selective about your privacy settings. Select your profile to be seen only by your “friends” on the site.
  • Be selective about your pictures. Only allow to be seen by friends. If you’re friends with your co-workers, maybe you should consider blocking them from seeing your pictures.
  • Don’t delete, just clean it up. Don’t delete your account altogether; social networking sites are not only a good way to keep in touch with friends (and waste some time before class), but they are good for what their name implies: social networking. Use these sites to your advantage to promote yourself in your profile and make career contacts.

On a totally different note, I was remembering some job titles that I wished I had when I was in college – you know, fun/flexible/social jobs…and I found some on the site I’d like to share:

Magazine production
Travel companies
Bartender
Marketing and Events promotion
Nursing assistant

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In my 20-some years of living, I’ve seen the evolution of cell phones replacing house phones; laptops replacing desktops and typewriters; iPods replacing radios; text messages replacing phone calls; and DVR recorders replacing the VCR or watching a TV show in real time.

Perhaps the biggest evolution I’ve seen has been that of e-mail communication. E-mail is one of the best forms of communication to date, if you ask me. It’s quick, simple and most of the time, efficient. But new studies show that e-mail use, along with other forms of e-communication, is getting some people in trouble – at work.

More than a quarter of U.S. companies surveyed (27.6 percent) terminated an employee for violating e-mail policies in the past year and 45.5 percent of companies have disciplined an employee for violating e-mail policies in the same time period, according to a survey conducted by Forrester Consulting for Proofpoint Inc., which provides e-mail security and data loss prevention solutions for organizations.

More and more, employees are either unaware of a company e-mail policy, or they figure it’s nothing that is taken too seriously. However, the survey showed that nearly a third of companies (32.1 percent) employ staff to read or otherwise analyze outbound e-mail and 37 percent perform regular audits of outbound e-mail content.

Plus, think about all of the other communications channels in today’s enterprise – there are blogs, instant messaging, social networking sites (like Facebook or MySpace) and media sharing sites (like YouTube) – just to name a few.

More than 1 in 7 companies surveyed (14 percent) have disciplined an employee for violating social networking policies in the past 12 months; 11 percent have disciplined an employee for violating media sharing/posting policies and 19.2 percent have disciplined an employee for violating blog or message board policies, according to the survey.

Richard Cellini, vice president of Integrity Interactive, offers these things to remember to avoid getting in trouble with your e-mail at work:

  • E-mail is not private.
  • E-mail is forever; it can never be deleted.
  • E-mail is never informal or temporary.
  • E-mail can be forwarded or mis-directed.
  • E-mail is discoverable and may be required to be turned over by law.
  • Even if no wrongdoing has occurred, poor word choice can give the appearance that something wrong has occured. For example, Cellini says employees draw attention to a situation by dramatizing it. Writing, “We’re getting fired” or “Someone is going to get killed!” in an e-mail will only get you in trouble, even if you meant nothing by it, Cellini says.
  • Company has the right to access all communications created at work or with company resources, including: Intranet usage, Internet, IM, chat rooms, written documents, telephone and voicemail.
  • “Good judgement” should be the guide to computer use.

As a general rule, to avoid getting in trouble at your new job, just ask about the company e-mail policy, as well as any other e-communication activities.

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