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Robert Vega, Director FAC 18 / 2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200 78712-1508 • 512-471-7900

Digital Dirt

Digital Dirt refers to the personal information you include online about yourself. Digital Dirt includes photos, blogs, discussion boards, chat rooms, group memberships, music and links. Digital Dirt may be deemed inappropriate by a recruiter based on their corporate or academic culture.


Access To Your Digital Dirt

Your online information is available to anyone with an internet connection, anywhere around the world. If you've put it online, unprotected, it is viewable.

Where can my Digital Dirt be seen? The majority of recruiters search for information using online search engines, including Google and Yahoo. However, the use of online social networking sites to collect information about candidates is increasing; these sites include Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, and Blogs.

Who looks for Digital Dirt? Your information is of interest to employment recruiters, law school admissions personnel, graduate school admissions personnel and scholarships/awards selection committees.


How Digital Dirt Affects You

Digital Dirt can cost you an important opportunity. Digital Dirt can keep you from gaining that dream job or admissions to your first-choice law school.


Protect Yourself

Clean Up Your Digital Dirt!
Google yourself to see what's out there. By conducting a narcisurf (search for your digital dirt), you will be able to view information available to anyone gathering information about you. You may choose to delete or change some of the information you find.

Review each of your social networking accounts, paying special attention to your friends' comments. Are your preferences set to require approval for friends' comments and new friend additions? Can anyone view your profile or is it set to private? Can your account be searched easily by your name?

What should I include and what should I delete? Many of your interests may be very important to you but would be deemed inappropriate by recruiters - it is up to you to decide how important it is to keep and to delete information. Some general topics to avoid include drinking, partying, illegal substances and sexual content. As a rule of thumb, when considering what to include online, ask yourself: Would I want my mother to read this?


Articles/Resources

FINS Technology: Your Twitter Feed Could Get, or Lose, You the Job

BBC: Google boss Eric Schmidt warns on social use of media

Atlantic Journal-Constitution: Facebook and Teachers - Still a potentially dangerous combination for your career

CollegeGrad.com: Entry Level Job Seeker, Google Thyself!

ABC News, Tory Johnson: Dusting Your Digital Dirt

Lawyers.com: Keep Digital Dirt from Derailing Your Job Search

MSN Careers: Cleaning Up Your Digital Dirt

CNN: Digital Dirt Can Haunt Your Job Search

Women for Hire: Create Your Digital Identity

Monster Blog: Clean Up Your Digital Dirt

Out at the plate: Pirates dump outspoken pierogi

Stealth Mode: Making Yourself Invisible on Facebook

The New York Times: Social Media History Becomes a New Job Hurdle

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