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Your Digital Footprint

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Betsy Kidnay

on 17 March 2014

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Transcript of Your Digital Footprint

Managing Your Digital Footprint
It starts before you are born.
In the video they use the term dossier instead of footprint. A dossier is made up of files on a person, event or subject.
create your digital footprint.
What is a Digital Footprint?

Digital What?

Your digital footprint is the collection of all the traces you leave in electronic environments as you use or move through them.

Some information you actively volunteer—like in the profile you create on sites like Facebook.

Other material is often collected without your knowledge, such as the cookies a site stores in your browser, or the information sites collect about your searches, purchases, etc.

Some people call it a digital tattoo because it is just as permanent and as hard to remove.

All of this data is used to build a digital profile of you and your behavior.
•Never post anything that you might find embarrassing later.
•Be careful what pictures you post. Remember others will see them and judge you based on their content.
•Change your privacy settings so that only your Friends can see your information
•Do not disclose your personal address, phone number, passwords etc. even in private messages. There is always the possibility somebody will hack into your account and find them.
•Do not post things to bully, hurt, blackmail, insult, or afflict any kind of harm on others.
•Keep in mind that once information has been posted online, it can be almost impossible to remove. Even though you deactivate your accounts, the information may still be retrieved by others.

Why Employers Didn't Hire Applicants After Searching Their Digital Footprint

A 2009 study showed thirty-five percent of employers reported they found content on social networking sites that caused them not to hire an applicant. The top examples cited include:

•Candidate posted provocative or inappropriate photographs or information - 53 percent

•Candidate posted content about them drinking or using drugs - 44 percent

•Candidate bad-mouthed their previous employer, co-workers or clients - 35 percent

•Candidate showed poor communication skills - 29 percent

•Candidate made discriminatory comments - 26 percent

•Candidate lied about qualifications - 24 percent

•Candidate shared confidential information from previous employer - 20 percent

Fourteen percent of employers have disregarded a candidate because the candidate sent a message using an emoticon such as a smiley face while 16 percent dismissed a candidate for using text language such as GR8 (great) in an e-mail or job application.

Why Employers Hired Applicants After Searching Their Digital Footprints

Job seekers are also encouraged to leverage social media whenadvertising their skills and experience.Eighteen percent of employers reported they have found content on social networking sites that caused them to hire the candidate. The top examples include:

•Profile provided a good feel for the candidate’s personality and fit - 50 percent

•Profile supported candidate’s professional qualifications - 39 percent

•Candidate was creative - 38 percent

•Candidate showed solid communication skills - 35 percent

•Candidate was well-rounded - 33 percent

•Other people posted good references about the candidate - 19 percent

•Candidate received awards and accolades - 15 percent

What do you want your tattoo to look like?
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