Digital is everywhere. It’s hard to find anything that doesn’t have an online or digital component. If you’re on the internet; you’re digital. You have a digital footprint.
Every time you do anything online, you leave a trace (a footprint). What you view, type, access, download, etc. are all recorded somewhere. Are you careful where you tread? What does you digital footprint say about you?
When you are looking for a job, people will want to learn more about you. And the top place employers, recruiters and networking contacts are checking is online. It only takes a few seconds for someone to perform a simple search on your name. What will that person see in the results? It’s important that you know. You don’t want to be caught off guard if someone happens to ask about something they saw about you online. Plus, if you find inaccurate or negative info you can take action to correct it immediately.
So, take a few minutes every week and check your digital footprint. And when you do so, think about these questions:
- If this was the only information someone had about you, what would they think?
- What assumptions might someone make about your habits and behaviors?
- If you find harmful or incorrect information, how can you fix or address it?