Google Yourself.

You Know You're Guilty Of It!!! Admit it.

You've googled yourself. And it's ok, all the cool kids are doing it.

Even though it sounds weird, and maybe even a little bit concieted, it's a pretty smart thing to do, because you know that poential employers aren't hesitating to type your name in that search box after looking at your resume.

However, there are a few sites that can help you decipher through the crazy web of information that links to you (Via TImesUnion.com)

First check out 123people.com, a site that was featured on Killer Startups, who said "ype in any name and 123 will pull up contact information—phone numbers, email addresses, images, and any media available, i.e. videos, profiles, tags, and weblinks. If you’ve got videos on Youtube, a LinkedIn profile, a Wiki article, even a Facebook or Google account, 123 People will find it." You can also search by geographical region -- and it's free.

Spokeo Search Results

The site found all the pictures of me via images.google.com, links that mentioned me, documents on the web that featured my name, a tag cloud of relevant words, links to all social networking pages, and even links to pages that are considered "biographical" in nature. humm.

Second, check out Spokeo, a site that searches through social networking sites-- including facebook, flikr, myspace, webshots, youtube, amazon, livejournal, picasa, imeem, linkedin - the whole lot. According to Wikipedia, Spokeo was founded in 2006 by Stanford grads. It's kindof free, but kindof not free (subscription method).

To use Spokeo, all you need is an email address and it automatically searches for information on your gmail (or hotmail, etc) contacts.

If you don't like what you see on these sites, simply note what you found and from what site -- and login to that site and change your security preferences. Better now than later, trust me :)