Continuing our Job Search Checklist from A to Z blog series, the letter D represents an important factor in an online job search: your digital footprint.

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?
The bottom line for the job seeker is to watch where you go online. Know that others will be watching. If there are things that you don’t want employers to see; you will have to learn how to cover your tracks. Or better yet, just make sure there are good things to see about you.
This Career Coach blog post is part of the series: Your Job Search Checklist from A to Z. If you are interested in checking out the webinar on the same topic, click here. Otherwise, keep watching the Career Coach blog for 26 job search alphabet posts.
Jill Kempka

About Jill Kempka

Jill loves to share information about ways to keep up with the changing world of work. She focuses on quick tips, facts and helpful lists to give job seekers tactics and advice they can immediately use.