GOOGLE YOURSELF -- AND THE HR REP AND INTERVIEWERS!
Check out Facebook, Bing, SPOKEO, and the other major social and similar networks. Employers check those. When I google myself I still see some posts I made in 1996 that Google got hold of when they bought Dejavu.
Check common name variants, alternative spellings, misspellings, nicknames (Ed/Edward/Ted; Peggy/Margaret). If your name is Joseph, look up Joe, Joey, and even [and I hate to have to say this!] Joesph.
Check various "public data aggregators" such as PeopleFinders, Zabasearch and Radaris. You might even pay for a report from Intelius, since if they pay for a report that is the most likely source they will use.
Find out who in HR will be initially looking over your resume and check her (more than likely female) on the Web. Try to determine who in the tech area will evaluate your resume and check out them. Then send your resume.
Except in small companies, usually someone in either national/regional or local HR does the initial evaluation. To a large extent that person is looking for specific words--they don't actually understand the minutia of particular accounting, tech, etc., jobs. That person is called a "gatekeeper". If you don't get past the gatekeeper, you don't get in.
Is there something on the Web or in your resume that might bother that person? Maybe you have to change your name slightly so you can claim "that person on the Web" isn't you. Add or omit a middle initial or put a nickname in quotes, e.g., "Harold 'Tom' Parson". "Yeah, he's my cousin." "Yeah, I sometimes get bill collectors calling thinking he's me." You might even have to do "follow-up posts" to create a misleading "that's not me" trail. If you live in Georgia, do a follow-up post, "Here in the Pacific Northwest ...." (Of course, you can't do "follow-ups" for something several years old because it will obviously look weird.)
Don't forget to google any alternative names you consider! You don't want to pick the name of a major athlete, singer, actor, historical personage, etc., you never heard of--or someone with a major criminal record.
Who shows up as your Facebook friends--and the gatekeeper's, interviewer's? Check tweets. Also ScribD, Flickr, and a few similar sites.
If your resume gets past the gatekeeper, it generally goes to the person in your prospective department who will be doing the main interview. Remember that often those people do not have good interviewing skills (and, of course many tech people have below average interpersonal skills--including department supervisors or managers). Check out that person. You can just call the department and ask who is the manager/supervisor. "I need to fax them some information." You don't need to say what or why. If the secretary (etc.) wants details, use the "out-of-the-loop secretary" ploy: "I don't know. My boss/supervisor/the guy down the hall is gonna give me some stuff to fax but I don't know what it's about."
Try not to talk to the person who will interview you--they might recognize your voice in a follow-up call. When calling to get names, it's often best to call before 9am or between noon and 1pm. Those are times you are most likely to get someone other than the person whose name you want and who may wind up interviewing you.
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