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Is your digital footprint important? Does it matter what you reveal online? Why or why not?


Very little remains private in the digital age. In this age of social media, students need to take care what they reveal online and remember that their online social identity is easy to access and hard to delete. Employers and hiring agents are increasingly checking potential employees’ online presence by looking at Facebook, Twitter and Google so that as young people enter the workforce, they need to be conscious of protecting themselves and setting boundaries between their social and professional lives.

Forty-five percent of employers reported in a CareerBuilder survey in 2009 that they use social networking sites to research job candidates. Job seekers need to be mindful of this when they post online and take care when sharing confidential information, especially about former employers. Employers reported that they have found content on social networking sites that caused them not to hire the candidate.

As referenced on MindShift, KQED’s educational technology blog, in 2012 instead of asking for résumés, Union Square Ventures, the New York venture-capital firm—which has invested in Twitter, Foursquare, Zynga and other technology companies—asked applicants to send links representing their “Web presence,” such as a Twitter account or Tumblr blog. And it seems this is going further. Employers Ask Job Seekers For Facebook Passwords (NPR, March 21, 2012).

So, is there anything on your Facebook page that you wouldn’t want a potential employer to see?


The Educator’s PLN segment on Digital Footprints – Your New First Impression – Nov. 9, 2009
Steve Johnson created this video after seeing a Harris Interactive poll showing how employers are increasingly using social networking sites to screen job candidates.

Find more videos like this on The Educator’s PLN

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More Resources

PBS Digital Nation segment Facebook Fiasco – July 29, 2009
Videos of a rowdy train ride Cam Skinner and friends took to a rock concert ended up online … and the PTA got involved.

Check out how you appear online? Try Googling yourself. And then check out privacy settings.
Have you posted inappropriate photographs or information, references to drinking or using drugs, anything that reflects negatively on you e.g. made discriminatory comments and demonstrated poor judgment, or lies about qualifications?

Do Now #25: Every Move You Make – Who is Watching You? 8 March,2017Maxine Einhorn



Maxine Einhorn

Maxine Einhorn is from London and has lived in the Bay Area for 12 years. She has worked in adult education in London,UK, for over twenty years as a tenured instructor and department manager. She has an MA in Film and TV from University of London and has taught, moderated and appraised academic work in film studies and media literacy at undergraduate and college level. She runs the ESL/ Post Secondary project at KQED which offers media-rich resources for and created by ESL educators.

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