Potential employers and prospective colleges now have the entire Internet at their fingertips. Before they even click on the resume attachment from a prospective hire, they can (and often do) Google the candidate to see what information pops up. A colleague of mine recently told me that he doesn't even look at resumes unless he is impressed with the candidates LinkedIn profile! My how times have changed. A recent survey from CareerBuilder found, "that 51 percent of employers who research job candidates on social media said they've found content that caused them to not hire the candidate1 and those numbers are up from 43 percent the year prior. The growing stats are proof that your social media profile is now par for the course when it comes to hiring and yes, firing.
Recent grads should also take note of the "Big Brother" trend. College admissions departments all across the country say, "digital footprints aren't always clean, so students should maintain a healthy dose of caution, and definitely think before posting."2 Being able to see sports stats and awards won is great, but party pictures and bad grammar in daily posts can lead a college to take a pass on an A+ grad.
What exactly is a digital footprint? Your digital footprint is your online reputation, yearbook, resume, and social calendar all wrapped up in one big Google-worthy bow. It's true what they say, "What happens online, Stays online forever. And you want to make sure college admissions departments, future employers, and current bosses like what they see.
Here's how to keep that digital footprint squeaky clean:
You've worked hard to build a great resume on paper; why do you want to ruin it with bad online behavior?Take some social media inventory today and help guarantee that offer!