5 Steps to a Digital Footprint – How to vet candidates

In my previous blog post ‘Digital Footprint - the new CV?’ I discussed whether Digital Footprinting is the future and a real alternative to traditional CVs. Regardless of my opinion on the topic, I have put some thought into what would be the best way to go about creating one and have identified five crucial steps for developing a digital footprint.

The most important data you need to be able to start building a digital footprint of a candidate is some contact and / or biographical data to identify the person. This could be a name, email address, education, employer or former employer, date/year of birth and so on.

Example Google searches to find email addresses

  • "John Smith" AND "email address"
  • "John Smith" AND email

Alternatively, you may have identified a specific talent through an online search and you take the above data from the profile you found.

Further you need to have a social media profile in all the major social media networks. You either need to have as many connections as possible in specific sites or pay for premium accounts which will give you full search access. Most free accounts have limits to the search results they return, a situation which is not helpful to gain all data you need.

Now you are set. The main work is to;

  1. identify all relevant social media profiles,
  2. run searches combining name and educational data,
  3. run similar searches with personal data,
  4. execute search queries with professional data,
  5. combine these data to get a full picture and to possibly identify inconsistencies

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