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Your Digital Footprint in Career Progression

In today's digital age, your online presence plays a pivotal role in your career journey. Just as employers are interested in your resume, they're equally interested in your digital footprint (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.) Here's why and how you should be mindful of it.

What is a Digital Footprint?

Your digital footprint is the trail of data you leave behind when using the internet. It includes your social media profiles, blog posts, comments, and even the photos you're tagged in. In the context of career coaching, it's essential to understand that this footprint can either be an asset or a hindrance.

You may work in a regulated industry such as as broker-dealer and have severe restrictions on what you can put on your LinkedIn. However, you still have a digital footprint.

Why Employers Check Your Online Presence

  1. Consistency with Resume: Employers want to ensure that your online presence aligns with what's on your resume. Any discrepancies can raise red flags and even lead to an offer withdrawal.

  2. Professionalism: Your online interactions can give employers insights into your professionalism and how you might represent their company.

  3. Cultural Fit: Companies are keen on hiring individuals who align with their values and culture. Your online presence can provide a glimpse into your personality and values.

Tips for Managing Your Digital Footprint

  1. Google Yourself: Regularly search for your name on search engines to see what comes up. This will give you an idea of what potential employers might see.

  2. Update Privacy Settings: Ensure that your personal and private information is protected. Adjust your social media privacy settings accordingly.

  3. Be Mindful of Your Posts: Before posting anything online, think about its potential impact on your professional image.

  4. Never ever blog about politics. Never!

How Mike Mittleman Can Help

Mike understands the intricacies of the digital age and its impact on your career. His tailored career coaching sessions will not only guide you in presenting your best self on paper but also online. Let's work together to ensure your digital footprint propels you forward in your career journey.


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Mike Mittleman is a career coach whose business focuses on finance professionals based in the NY/CT/NJ tri-state area, helping navigate their career paths with confidence and success. For more tips and personalized coaching, visit



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