Job Searches And Digital Footprints – What If You’re Not Online?

“What if I’m not on Facebook?”

It’s an interesting question that emerged out of a presentation we gave at the Spring 2014 AMERIGO session. The presentation, entitled “Who Are You, Again?” was an overview of how to comport ourselves online, now that the digital world intersects with almost all aspects of real life, especially our professional lives and job searches.

The fact is, most of us now have an online presence and a digital footprint. Whether it’s intentional or not, on social media, through online comments, a personal website, or just through apps, we’re all online. We find one another and stay in touch online. College admissions staff, professional recruiters, potential employers, and colleagues certainly know how to find us and do their due diligence on us online. And after 15 years of using social media, we’re all aware of certain basics. Namely the lack of privacy and the imperative to keep things clean.

But there are still a few among us who eschew social media. And for them, the question arises – what if you’re not on FaceTweetGooglePlus at a time that everyone else is? What if people simply can’t find you? What does it say about you if a hiring manager is wondering whether you’re a good fit for the company and everyone else has a bit more information about them but you do not? Should you worry?

Our short answer—no.

The longer answer is a bit more complicated.

First of all, if you are not on social media by choice—congratulations on bucking a trend that many of us do not enjoy but have grudgingly come to consider a necessary evil in today’s business environment. That said …

one yellow peep among blue peeps

Which One Are You? (image via Kate Ter Haar)

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