Thursday, 2 March 2017

Fast Track Impact | Online Impact


15 questions that will tell you if your professional online identity is an asset or
a risk

We’ve all got one, but what does your digital
footprint say about you? Not everyone who asks themselves that question
is happy with the answer. However, there are some simple things you can
do to ensure your digital footprint represents you effectively and works
for (not against) you.

The digital realm is full of risk. However, not having
a digital footprint may be just as big a risk as having a poorly
managed footprint. Many interview panelists will Google the people they
short-list for jobs. The absence of a digital footprint may raise
questions, if the applicant is claiming to be a researcher with an
international profile. Are they not capable of creating an up-to-date,
easily findable profile? Or are they trying to avoid having a digital
footprint, and if so why?

For most researchers however, the greatest risk is
their time and their reputation. Social media can suck up time and
distract, and we’ve all heard of high profile people who have lost their
jobs over an ill-judged social media post. However, there are ways of
managing your digital footprint that do not risk either your time or

Step 1: what do you want your digital footprint to do for you?

The first step is to decide what you want to get out
of your digital footprint. Your online presence shouldn’t just be a
chore that you feel duty bound to continually update – it should give
back to you in tangible ways. 

Fast Track Impact | Online Impact

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