I created this video after reading about a Harris Interactive poll in June regarding how employers are increasing their use of social networking sites to screen job candidates (Link to article explaining this info). This is a process that is increasing at a rapid pace and the word needs to get out there.
This is such critical information to start sharing with our students (and the public in general). The simple fact is that in a few years this is going to very much be standard practice. You can pretty much guarantee that employers are going to be using information posted online to judge a candidate before they ever set foot in the door! This means that you've got a new first impression, folks!
Now, here's the thing- this is actually good news! You can use this information to your advantage by being aware of this reality and starting to create a POSITIVE online impression rather than a negative one. Your digital footprint can be the difference between you and another candidate- yes, it allows your future employer insights into how you spend your time socially, but it can also show off your accomplishments and your willingness to work with others constructively on the Internet.
If you are reading this, please share this information and/or video with your students! Let's spread the word.
Here is a link to the mp4 file, stored on my dropbox: Digital Footprints - Your New First Impression