Digital Footprint and Employment — 2 Comments

  1. I like this. I much prefer evidence of what people have done (which I can ask deep questions about) rather than some certificate.

    There’z one tweak I’d suggest to what you’ve written. I’d like to shift the emphasis away from the old idea of getting “a job” (i.e. an “off the peg” employment opportunity) and direct it into something more fluid. I’d rather think in terms of “work opportunities” where work is effort that adds value of some kind, and is rewarded. Such work may be in a “traditional job” arrangement as an employee, but it may equally well be as part of an ad hoc team taking advantage of a short term opportunity to add value.

    I see work within rapidly forming, high-trust, ad hoc teams as a likely way forward. Rather than education/training and then employment for most people, I anticipate something more agile as our 21st century lifestyle. I think we will be more likely to dance between learning and earning throughout our lives, and very probably our working and non-working times will have a different balance to the fixed patterns people have expected since the industrial revolution.

    So “yes please” to your idea of work related digital footprints – but for “livelihoods” rather than “jobs”.

  2. Nice post Steve

    I’d fully support any and all approaches to clean up social media accounts and generally get people sharpening their digital presence. Avoiding self-harm would be a good start and then moving onto sorting out anywhere you’ve already been digitally-dissed.
    I think the value of the information is probably never going to be job generating on its own and I’d always endorse the idea that digital presence adds depth to an individual rather than a definitive cold introduction.

    I’ve just finished working with a group, they spent nearly £20000 with us, we’ve never met, only spoken occasionally on the telephone and yet we’ve all seen each others linkedin profiles because now we’re all connected. The feedback from them is excellent, the jobs done and we’ve made no plans to meet in the future. They gave us the work because someone they knew said we could do the job. The interesting thing for me is that that person has never met us either and never met the other client.

    So things in the business world have changed, physical presence is still very important, but in its absence digital-presence is all we have – so let’s be careful out there! (theme tune from hill street blues plays)

    Overall, I think you’re right about them not being as useful as they might be for getting a job, but I do think a well managed account gives you an edge over someone without a digital presence. (IMHO)
    All the best