- 5 years ago
- Wedding: August 2012
So I’ve been applying to a lot of jobs recently… I’ve set a goal to apply to at least 4 jobs a month. I haven’t heard back from any of them. In general, this isn’t really a suprise… I know that competition out there is fierce, especially in this economy. I’ve been applying to jobs in general for the past 4 years, and Ive only ever gotten less than a handful of callbacks in the process… So it’s not like I was expecting miracles. But still, it does get old.
I’ve heard here and there that sometimes it’s useful to Google yourself and find out what pops up. I haven’t done this in forever, mostly because I do very few things on the internet and the sites that I do fequent, I never link up to my real name. Plus, I’m a pretty boring person, so I know there aren’t any pictures of me passed out drunk or anything circulating out there.
But tonight (after weeks of not hearing anything from anyone) I thought, what the heck? Maybe I’ll put my name onto Google and see what’s floating around out there.
I always thought that I had a fairly unusual name, but as it turns out, there are quite a few of “me’s” out there.
Me # 1 and 2 are thankfully quite professional looking, and pretty accomplished. Unfortunatly, it states clearly where both of them live, so theres no mistaking me with them. But me # 3 (as in, the third result on Google) is a Facebook page, with a picture of a man in a wheelchair, aiming a gun. Ummmmm…. What?
Not that I think theres anything wrong with guns and all that, but it’s sort of a startling image to see attached to my name. And the page doesnt say where this person lives, so theres nothing really to distinguish myself from this individual during a quick Google search, except from the gender difference (I have a unisex name)… and an employer may not even be aware of my gender just from my application.
Do you think that this sort of thing can hurt someones chances of being called in for an interview? Is this something that I should be worried about? Or am I just overthinking things? Do employers ever actually Google people before calling for an interview, or is this just a myth? Anybody else ever find alternative “you’s” on the internet and want to share?