This is always an eye opener for me. I don’t Google my name very often, though when I do, I’m always surprised by what I find.
It all started with a Google search:
I created that account in my final year of study during my Kinesiology degree so that I could still see the research my professors were working on. Good intentions on my part, though I haven’t used it since.
Furthermore, I forgot that I had created a Pinterest page too. I mostly use this to find ideas for lesson planning and it has been quite helpful, in my experience. To my surprise, I have 27 followers! Go me!
And lastly, the thing that I always forget about is the picture that was taken of my girlfriend and I at a Ukrainian Christmas party in 2015.
So what do all these forms of social media say about me?
In my opinion, I’d say that I come off okay. I don’t see any red flags and I think that any prospective employer would be happy to see that I have a clean digital footprint. One thing that I’ve come to understand about the education system is that Twitter is a platform that is held in high regard. Assuming that, I think that that would be one of the first clicks for the person sleuthing me. Because of my assumption, I have used Twitter as a means to display my professional qualities.
I think that I’ve done a good job of illustrating the way that I conduct myself professionally. Just by looking through quickly, I think my profile shows that I am passionate about teaching in an informed, authentic, creative, and fun way. Just take a look — do you see something different?
Additionally, the sleuth has access to my professional portfolio through my Twitter account.
Personally, I think that my professional portfolio is an extension of the way that I am professionally.
It’s my hope that if an employer is looking into me, they will stumble across my Twitter and portfolio.
Lastly, I’m sure you’re asking “what about Facebook?” Yes, I have Facebook and I was quite satisfied when I wasn’t able to find myself. When I was starting my pre-internship I took the time to change my name and privacy settings so that I would not be so easily found by someone. I’m not completely invisible, though I’m not easily found, which is exactly where I want to be. In my opinion, Facebook is my most personal social media account, and therefore it is my most private. I do not have anything incriminating on there, this is just where my comfort level is, so I choose to hide in the background.
Feel free to sleuth me! Can you find anything else?