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May 09

Have you had the “don’t digitally do” talk with your young adult yet?

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laptop with your're hired This post was inspired and sponsored by Domain.ME, the provider of the personal URLs that end in .ME. As a company, they aim to promote thought leadership to the tech world. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Don’t Do Anything That I Wouldn’t Do!”

Did your parents ever say that to you when you were growing up just before heading out the door? My grandmother may have said it to me once or twice, but I’ve never had to say it to my sons, however, I did text them, “don’t post anything online that you wouldn’t want me to see!” 

It’s a different world with a social media dominance of texting, liking, pinning and posting being an everyday occurrence. But what happens if a young adult posts something today that is deemed inappropriate later only to have it come back to haunt them when they are looking for a job?

As a parent of 2 sons in college, I feel that it’s my duty to help them navigate the digital world just as I did when they were toddlers navigating the real world. I have talked to them about the importance of keeping a good online image because potential employers will definitely be checking their digital footprints.

laptop and college kids

Malik worked a few weeks at Amazon during his summer break which gave him a little taste of what it’s like to have a job as well as the satisfaction of bringing home a paycheck. However, as a Business major at Bowie State University he also understands the importance of having more than just a resume when it comes time to seek a career after graduation.  Having a personal website now will give him control of his online image into the future.

studying in a dorm room

Domain.ME is a domain name provider. You can register a .ME domain from any number of registrars, which will help you create a unique identity online with a URL ending in .ME. 

A survey conducted in the US between June 11th and July 9th by Domain.ME of over 300 HR professionals clearly showed that the likelihood of job offers is greater if the college graduate had a website.

These findings were interesting to say the least because we all know that most employers Google potential candidates, especially recent college grads just entering the workforce.

Domain.ME published an ebook which contains all the data from the study, which you can read here, but these 3 facts really caught my attention.

  • 67% of HR professionals survey claimed that a personal website provides more insight than a resume alone.

  • Over the next five years, the recruitment process is going to be more reliant on online content and information than ever.

  • 60% think that a personal website make a positive, professional impression.

laptop and smartphonesp and your digital footprint

Now, I don’t expect Malik to run out and start his own blog like me, but as his mother who is a blogger I will emphasis the importance of personal branding and how it can affect his future job searches. I want to educate him on ways in which he can stand out from the rest of the crowd. It would be wonderful if upon graduation a recruiter offered him a job right on the spot, but that may not happen even if he’s wearing a #HireMe tee!

hire me tshirt

As parents we want our children to become successful adults as they transition into the professional world, and with options like .ME domains, creating a memorable domain name to go with your website will help to make that transition easier.  

You can download the FREE ebook to learn more about the study by clicking here.  

Have you had the “don’t digitally do” talk with your young adult yet?

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  1. Jessica Young (@youngrubbish)

    Your online image definitely is important to your image. Always very important 🙂

    1. DelBlogger

      Jessica, yes it is, and definitely now more than ever with information being stored in the Cloud!

  2. imagesbytdashfield

    It amazes me what some people post online and then complain about later when things go awry.

    1. DelBlogger

      So true sis, so true, thank God the internet wasn’t around when I was in college!

  3. Macy

    I had no idea that .me websites existed. That is a wonderful idea to secure your own online footprint and name.

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes, Macy, having your own .ME domain gives you an opportunity to brand yourself without all the external noise from other social media platforms.

  4. Heather aka HoJo

    Watching our digital footprint is so important! My son is very young (just six months), but I appreciate this post because it makes me think about how I am going to raise him. I want to ensure he is safe in today’s online world. I can only imagine what looking for a job will look like in 20 years, but I hope your sons have great success with the site you mentioned.

    1. DelBlogger

      Heather, thank you. I can’t imagine where we will be in the digital world twenty years from now, but it’s nice to know that there are options to Facebook, Twitter and of course My Space – lol Good luck with you son.

  5. The Results Guy

    Thanks for the tips! I had no idea that dot me domains actually exist. Confession: I am one of those that post a lot of trash online (Facebook), but I never complain about it when things go wrong. I guess I have learned my lessons. Thanks

    1. DelBlogger

      You are welcome and I only recently learned about Domain.ME, however, always knew about the .ME extension. It’s a great idea to give college students an outlet to post positive stuff because like you said, sometimes it’s fun just to post trash on FB or Twitter.

  6. Louida (@MissLouMae)

    Watching what you say or do online is important. My boss found out about my blog and now has been following it, good thing I don’t post things I would be ashamed of now and later down the road. Also when it comes to being a mom blogger I watch what I say or do when it comes to my girls because I don’t want my blog to affect them in the future. Once my girls starts getting on the internet I’ll be sharing these tips with them.

    1. DelBlogger

      That’s good, I always tell co-workers about my blog but just as I teach, I never post anything job related nor take pictures inside my office as my blog and my job should remain separate. Your girls are definitely learning from the best with regards to online activity.

  7. Lucette Davies

    Hi, I think that the more help we can give young people in learning about using technology in a way that is beneficial to them the better. I had a phonecall from my niece a few weeks ago who was desperately upset because she had read something her cousin nhad written about her online. I had lost sight of just how different her world is from the one I grew up in. Now she is frightened to build her own website but I shall email her a link to this article

    1. DelBlogger

      Lucette, that is terrible, I can only imagine how your niece feels to have been betrayed by her own cousin. Hopefully, this will give her the incentive to understand that there is more to life than what someone else says or doesn’t say about them – it is more important in what you say about yourself. Good luck to all.

  8. Margo

    Job seeking is SO different now than it was just 5 years ago. Almost everything is done online, and it is difficult to get in front of those that are actually hiring. I see the value of creating an online presence, and I think I will follow your advice for myself as well as pass this on to my children and grandchildren. I appreciate this post. Thanks.

    1. DelBlogger

      Thank you Margo, and yes, I agree that it is much harder than it was just 5 years ago, heck it’s harder than the last time I applied for a job in 1983. however, it’s very important to take control of your digital footprint, and I appreciate you passing along this info to the kids and grands.

  9. swood97

    Parenting does now include cyber advice, doesn’t it! I wonder if background checks now include an internet search. I was not familiar with the .me site.

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes it does, especially when toddlers are using Smartphones and iPads more than coloring books and crayons!

    2. DelBlogger

      Yes, just “Google” it is now a common phrase used both as a noun and a verb, so online background checks are common. Hope you will share the Domain.ME with others. Have a great weekend.

  10. Cole

    It’s crazy how important having a professional image online is now when it comes to finding a job. Even in college my professors really pushed things like having your own website and Twitter, and I was surprised by how many young people didn’t have these things.

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes, it is, which is why we need to make sure they understand the importance of having a positive digital footprint…as we are all learning the true power of the internest.

  11. Rena McDaniel

    I always tell my children the same thing. It’s so easy to post something that might be funny for a few minutes only to be embarrassed by it later. I have a daughter and a son in their 20’s and this is something that I have always drilled into them. I will have to tell them about this!

    1. DelBlogger

      Good for you, keep reminding them because it would be a hard lesson to learn if it negatively affected their future career options. Have a wonderful weekend.

  12. tara8910

    I never thought of using the internet as a sort of “resume.” These are all fantastic tips that I hope to teach my children sooner rather than later!

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes, with everything being online or in the Cloud, sooner or later our resumes, driver’s license and the like will be accessed via the internet.

  13. Karin Rambo

    Interesting! I had never heard of this company before! I have connections at the university I went to… I’ll have to pass this along!

    1. DelBlogger

      Karin, that would be awesome, yes, please share! Have a great weekend.

  14. Kelly Canfield

    It is amazing how much of a “digital footprint” we leave, even unintentionally. Thanks for the reminder!

    1. DelBlogger

      Kelly, some people don’t realize that every time they leave a comment or complete a form online, it adds to their digital footprint as well.

  15. Anne Campbell

    It’s such a different world now with social media and the internet It opens up so many opportunities, but it poses so many dangers, too. Thanks for these reminders!

    1. DelBlogger

      Anne, yes it does, but just as we did, our parents and grandparents did, we learned (hopefully) from any mistakes made. Have a wonderful weekend.

  16. Vasantha Vivek

    Quite interesting !!! I was not aware of this. Those for this grat post to educate me on digital footprints.

    1. DelBlogger

      Thank you, as a recent discovery myself, I thought it was a great way to keep control of your digital footprint, especially since postings on FB/Twitter and the like do not sum up the entire person.

  17. Helen

    Very interesting. Something I wasn’t at all aware of, and as much as I like to think I am not too much of a dinosaur when it comes to the Internet, there’s so much out there! Thanks for sharing this!

    1. DelBlogger

      No you are not a dinosaur, it’s just that the internet rapidly changes so there are many apps and sites that we can’t always keep up. Enjoy the weekend.

  18. Estrella

    I do think younger people don’t really think about what they put online or send to friends or how it might affect them in the future. Thanks for sharing your tips.

    1. DelBlogger

      Estrella, definitely not, as most young people are more concerned in what other’s are doing more so than what they are doing.

  19. Suzie Jackson

    I always learn something from you! I am going to be sharing this with my son who is in college! (hugs)

    1. DelBlogger

      Hey Suzie, so glad I can be of assistance! Enjoy the weekend – what’s on the menu?

  20. angelabrowerhobbs

    People get too brave behind a keyboard but it is important to remember, never post anything you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see! Times really are changing. It’s hard to keep up but with kids, it’s important.

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes Angela, we have to stay on top of everything especially as parents because our children don’t have our experience and knowledge of the real world.

  21. Be Gracefully Inspired

    All so true! I just recently allowed my teenager to venture into the online world of social media and we have had many talks about what’s okay to share and what’s not.

    1. DelBlogger

      Thank you, I know teenagers hate parents who hover, but that’s our job – good luck!

  22. Sarah@TheOrthodoxMama

    My children are young right now, but am already nervous about what the world of social media will be like when they are older. Definitely something to pray about and develop a strategy for now while they are still little.

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes, they will grow up quickly as will social media so be vigilant as you are the mom who knows best!

  23. rosadoodle

    Very important information. Please will check your sites so be careful what you post.

    1. DelBlogger

      Thank you, yes, it is very true that you have to be careful what you post online.

  24. Beth Green ~ A Disney Mom's Thoughts

    YES! I tell the students at church all the time to think before you post! Even in snapchat, when it “goes away” after so many seconds… it’s out there. I’m waiting on the day to hear of a story of one of my youth who has a stupid high school post come back to haunt them! I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, “I’m SO GLAD we did not have social media when I as in high school and college!!!”

    1. DelBlogger

      oh Beth you and me both! It is very difficult for the younger generation with social media being their primary way of communicating. We just have to keep emphasizing the importance of being careful in what they post online and hope they take heed.

  25. Gina

    Your digital footprint is very important, for sure.

  26. Pierced Wonderings

    Interesting. I’m not sure how many companies are actually looking at things like personal websites & such, particularly when they have multiple candidates for a position (I know that in my industry, a polished resume is the gold standard & we don’t much look at other things). I have though had the digital responsibility discussion with the young people in my realm of influence. So many people do so many stupid things online. *sigh*!

    1. DelBlogger

      I assume it depends on the agency or employer, I just hope they don’t just Google their FB/Twitter pages as it may not give a potential employer a true picture of the candidate.

  27. Dawn

    I can definitely see how an online presence can be an asset for someone looking for a job. Even if the recruiter isn’t googling applicants, just the process of putting a site together can be a nice addition to a resume.

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes, Dawn it does appear to be an asset to not only recent grads but to others still actively seeking employment.

  28. staciesayzso

    I need to start talking with my youngest about this. I just heard someone say that if you have a blog to add it to your resume! Everyone wants to see what kind of person you really are.

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes, Stacie, we as bloggers know just how important digital footprints and online activities can follow you and why it’s important to “keep it clean”.

  29. Kristin @ Biblical Wives Book Club

    I love that you’ve likened this to the “don’t do anything I wouldn’t do” lecture we all got as kids. The way I’ve always tried to censor what I put online is the mantra “would I want my grandmother to see this?” (And since she’s been on facebook for years, that’s pretty easy to remember!)

    1. DelBlogger

      Really, Nana is online – love it!!!! Yes, if you wouldn’t want grandma to see it DON’T POST IT!

  30. future.flying.saucers

    How interesting!! I absolutely see the value in paying attention to what one posts on social media, etc., but I did not know about the trend for businesses wanting students to have personal webpages. That is interesting. Thanks!!

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes, I though it was really interesting and worth sharing. Our digital footprint starts early and we must educate our kids in the importance of keeping it “clean.”.

  31. Marie

    It is so important to talk with kids about digital responsibility! My six-year-old uses online “games” at school and as part of his homework. It starts very early and children need to understand how much their entire online presence (good and bad) can affect them throughout their lives and careers.

    1. DelBlogger

      Marie, so very true. I watch the kids in strollers with smartphones and it always amazes me how digital life begins at such an early age. Good luck!

  32. charmedmom

    The resume is very essential as it represents us. A good online portfolio is as important as well. Our online presence especially in social media should be felt in a positive manner which is encouraging, inspiring and motivating to others and not the opposite.

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes, I totally agree, but with a tough job market the resume has to be more than just past job experience and volunteer opportunities. Hope you are enjoying the week.

  33. Stephanie (@CMTSBlog)

    Interesting! I hadn’t heard of this before. I do think that our digital appearance does affect our careers though so one must be careful with what they post online!

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes, Stephanie, I just hope the younger generation understands the importance of keeping their digital footprint clean!

  34. thecrunchymommy

    my babes are still young but it scares me having to have this conversation! as someone who used to work in HR, i used to do my research on potential candidates by scouring the internet to see their digital footprint. this is a great and useful post!

    1. DelBlogger

      Thank you “thecrunchymommy” – by the way, love that name. I know what you mean, because telling tweens and teens to be safe online goes in one ear and out the other; they think they know everything!

  35. LizZ H.

    It’s scary to think that we are in an age where, if you do something it will be out there for the world to see FOREVER…gone are my days of messing up and only being reminded of it by parents or joking friends..

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes, everything will be in the cloud. What amazes me is that people don’t realize there are cameras everywhere as well.

  36. Camesha | Mama Motivator

    It’s going to be a whole different world when my babies enter the workforce. I’m not sure what to expect. I do know that having a positive online presence will be HUGE!

    This was a great read!

    1. DelBlogger

      Camesha, yes, I am trying to think of what the next new online invention will look like . Thank you and good luck in the future.

  37. Debbie @ Traveling Well For Less

    Wonderful tips for anyone who’s going to use social media: tweens, teens, etc. Kids forget and and don’t realize that what they post gets checked by perspective employers and colleges.

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes Debbie, long gone are the days when you can say, “I didn’t do that” because now there’s a trail!

  38. Michelle

    I have small children so we aren’t quite there on this subject yet, but I do know it is so important. There is a definite disconnect for people these days between what we would do in public, and what we feel is okay to post online.

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes, a lot of people feel embolden when they are behind a computer screen!

  39. Kari @The He Said She Said Experience

    We’ll definitely have a talk about managing your online image and making good choices when our little guy (now eleven months) is older. It’s really important to take it seriously!

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes, starting young, but not perhaps this early is always a good thing. I am sure your little one’s digital footprint will be a good one!

  40. Leila

    Domain.me is actually pretty neat! I love having a website all me because I can share my history in that rather than a one page resume. I feel that a resume is too restricting but a webpage is just right!

    1. DelBlogger

      Leila, I am glad you like this as it is important to always have control of your life no matter if it’s on or off line!

  41. company name- unless you're a blogger or author

    I agree so important!

    1. DelBlogger

      Thank you!

  42. satrntgr

    What great tips!! Looking out for our kids is so important!! I’ve never heard of this company before, but will definitely check them out!

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes, as parents it our job to ensure the “kids” stay safe on and off line, and having a personal website gives them control over what is posted.

  43. April G

    I’ve never heard of this site, but I love how you are passing along the idea of personal branding to your child.

    1. DelBlogger

      Thank you April, the more we know the better we become.

  44. Coupon Diva (@RealCouponDiva)

    so sad that we have to monitor what the kids are doing online these days

    1. DelBlogger

      Well, it’s always something isn’t it? Have a wonderful weekend.

  45. waldorfsaladandcottagefries

    Great post! I believe too that your online brand better match the real you brand:) I have found when I have met other bloggers in person who they are online doesn’t match you I see in front of me. So, be true to who you are when your branding; people love genuine people I promise. #commentathon

    1. DelBlogger

      So true, oftentimes people will hide behind their internet/online brand.

  46. Dani Chapman

    This is such great advice for any parent. It doesn’t matter how young or old your children are, they need to be aware of themselves when they are on the internet!

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes, as a matter of fact, I am looking forward to conducting a workshop for high school students on this subject.

  47. Neti

    Very important stuff here my Sista. I warn my Nieces about their Facebook & Instagram page all the time.

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