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A Rose of Sharon by any other name...

School is over for the semester! I'm pretty sure I pulled in A's in both classes. Mostly I'm just glad to be done! Even though other classes have had more homework and more computer projects, for some reason this semester seemed more tiring and harder than past ones. Maybe it's the job stress...

Now that school is done and I'm down to about a month and a half left at the job it's about time for me to find my resume, dust it off, and do a major update!

Seven years! It's been seven years since I last looked for a job. This just seems really surreal since before this my longest time at a job was three years.

Anywho, MySpace. I know that potential employers now days tend to do google searches and look at things like MySpace.

I don't actually use my MySpace for much of anything. I rarely even look at it. I don't like MySpace. Also, MySpace is one of the few places online that I am searchable by my real name but also have the HellZiggy name. When you search my RealFirstName RealLastName there are 28 of us on MySpace, but I am the only one in Minnesota and also there is a picture of me.

So, while there is nothing incriminating or embarassing on MySpace it could potentially lead people here. As y'all know, I'm not one of those LJ'ers who puts everything up under flock. I'm relatively open, and I do have some filters but rarely use them. I don't know that there is anything here that potential employers will have a problem with but I also don't want to lead anyone straight here.

Should I just delete my MySpace? Is there really any good reason to keep it? Will just the simple act of deleting it increase my IQ by 20 points? Feel free to put any arguements for or against deleting it in comments.

As far as going back and doing a blanket friends-only lockdown on my LJ, I don't see that ever happening. I have some friends who don't have accounts and read it. Also, I'm just not that paranoid about all the people out there on the internets. Without LJ I wouldn't have met lovely people like boliviafang, dibsy, kniblet, irish_dragon, caoilainn and all the others I knew on LJ before meeting in real life for the first time.

I don't advertise the name "hellziggy" to everyone I meet but I don't hide it either. I'm not sure my mom or dad or brother know that it is my online name, but I wouldn't freak if they found out.

I originally wanted the name "ziggy" when I got on LJ but it was, of course, taken. Now, if it became available, I know I would not buy a rename token to change my name. I may have never been HellZiggy before signing onto LJ four and a half years ago, but now that identity *is* me. I've got a wonderfully unique situation with names online. If you google "hellziggy" it is ALL me. If you google my entire full legal name there are no hits. If you google just my first and last name there are a ton of hits but most aren't me because it's a relatively common last name with a less common first name. I like my different levels of googlability. I also like the fact that if any of y'all see a HellZiggy anywhere out there on the internets and tubes it is me.

Damn. This simple "should I delete my MySpace account" has turned into quite the introspective rambling, hasn't it?

Well, I think I really must be off to bed now. 'night all!


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May. 10th, 2007 10:55 am (UTC)
Wow, I didn't know about myspace and employers doing the bad thing of digging into what you do off the job.....hmmmmm.

I wish you luck on the job front, I know how frustating that can be. I'm looking about myself, but really can't do anything about it until the fall.

Me, if you really don't use the MS and you don't want unwanted potential employers eyes here....then delete the account. The final decision is yours....

May. 10th, 2007 11:57 am (UTC)
I don't have any good advice, but I did just decline creating a facebook account because I don't want to be searchable. Also, because I couldn't be bothered to create and keep up with one -- too damn lazy.

We're really happy we met you, too. And your lovely boy. :)
May. 10th, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)
i say that if you don't use MySpace, then just delete your account there.
i'm only on there cuz a friend invited me along way back in early 04 and i sign up for everything!
that and i'm bored a lot during the day.
May. 10th, 2007 02:17 pm (UTC)
Make your MySpace page reflect your professional side and take your HellZiggy name off of it. Just clean it up. If they know you're a computer nerd and you don't have a MySpace page it might cause them to look further.
May. 10th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
My photo gallery online is completely separate from other sites. It's also not tied to the HellZiggy name.
Hubby & I own the www.dreamflyte.com domain and that's where my photos are so that address will most likely go on my resume. I'm also signed up on reunion.com under my real name w/no hellziggy reference.
I think at this point I'm going to dump the MySpace.
May. 10th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
I haven't been terribly impressed with myspace but if it's good for business networking, then update it to be so. Put a link to your photos, put a photo of you, delete the HellZiggy reference.
May. 10th, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC)
I'd say dump the MySpace and raise your IQ!
May. 11th, 2007 01:19 am (UTC)
I totally agree with spellwight having a myspace account in your name could be a good thing to an HR person that is looking for someone that is connected to the net. I don't think it is a bad thing at ALL.

Update it to reflect you portfolio and just let it be, I think it is an asset. I have some myspace snobbery, I LOVE LJ and I think it is awesome, but I have some good friends on myspace and although the impression I have of the site is teens with not much to say, I do know there is some good content on the site, and I repsect the people I know that have content filled accounts there.

*hugs you* I am going to see you next month. YAY!

[posting again because I messed up the html, sorry. xoxo]
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