Blogpost by Noel Czempik (Student Digital Champion)
Taking charge of your digital identity is now more crucial than ever. Safeguard your privacy, strengthen your security, and unlock potential professional opportunities with the short guide below.
1. Review Your Privacy Settings
Take advantage of tools that allow you to display your content as it’s visible to your audience, customise privacy settings for individual posts or modify what information can be used to search your profile. You can read this article for more information on the privacy settings available on the most popular social media sites.
2. Share Thoughtfully
Don’t solely rely on privacy settings. Think before posting, considering the potential impact on your reputation and safety. Be cautious of content that could be misinterpreted or taken out of context, and don’t share sensitive personal information unnecessarily.
3. Monitor Your Digital Footprint
Regularly search your name online to assess available information. Consider setting up alerts for new mentions or content associated with your name.
4. Curate Your Content
Align shared content with your desired digital image. Remove or update outdated or irrelevant information.
5. Build a Professional Online Presence
Showcase skills and achievements on professional platforms, maintaining a professional tone and image in your communication. For example, you can add certificate of completions for LinkedIn Learning courses on your personal LinkedIn account. For multi-purpose platforms, consider creating separate profiles for personal and professional use. If you are interested in building a LinkedIn profile, a recording of the Careers Services’ LinkedIn session is available here.
For further information about managing your digital identity, you can watch the Careers Services’ session on this topic from the Digital Skills Festival.