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Adulting 101: The Importance of a Positive Digital Presence

    • Adulting 101: The Importance of a Positive Digital Presence

      Every choice you make on the internet is part of your digital footprint—one that potential employers, college admissions officers, romantic partners, friends, and neighbors can search. Are you confident that your digital presence is a positive one? We offer resources to help you understand and improve your digital presence.

      Your digital presence is a big part of how people perceive you: photos, videos, social media, blogs, articles, and mentions by others. TikTok, Instagram, Medium, LinkedIn, YouTube, they can all impact your reputation, positively or negatively, based on what content is out there. Every choice you make on the internet is part of your digital footprint—one that potential employers, college admissions officers, romantic partners, friends, and neighbors can search. Are you confident that your digital presence is a positive one?

      If an employer or college admissions counselor searched your name online right now, what would they find? If you have social media accounts, those would likely be high up on the list. Is every photo, post, opinion, and hot take something you are proud of? Or is there some questionable material on there? Students have lost college admissions offers based on social media content. Here is one example. 70 percent of hiring managers use social media accounts as a screening tool, according to CNBC. Cleaning up your digital presence matters.

      Just as important as purging your digital footprint of objectionable content is curating a thoughtful social media presence that signals to others your passions, interests, and achievements. Are you committed to environmental justice? A well-written Medium post shows you’re serious about a degree or job in that field and demonstrates your communications and writing skills. Are you a talented musician? YouTube concerts can bring you new fans, including those in admissions offices. Do you have a LinkedIn page that showcases your work experience, internships, and extracurricular activities? Make sure you’re showing yourself in the best light possible and consider asking a previous supervisor for a recommendation on the site! You can also go the extra mile by creating an online portfolio that features your best high school papers, art, or other achievements.

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      Your Digital Footprint: What Is It and How Can You Manage It?

      Rasmussen College explains the concept of a digital footprint and how to capitalize on that footprint for professional success.

      Take Charge of Your Online Reputation

      EDUCAUSE Review writes on why your digital presence is important, how you can clean it up right now, and ways to create a positive impression online.

      Yes, College Admissions Officers Do Look at Applicants’ Social Media, Survey Finds

      Education Week gives details on how college admissions officers use social media to make enrollment decisions.

      10 Tips for Building a Personal Brand that Can Boost Your Career

      Northeastern University gives good advice on how to create a positive digital brand and “tell your story.”

      15 Free Online Portfolio Hosting Sites

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      Can you provide a new link for this resource?

       

      I would love to share it with some of my interns this summer

       

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