Is it time to come back to the grid?
July 8, 2011 9:51 AM Subscribe
This is a little complicated, but it is about identity and employment.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (13 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My real life name is "Mary Smith." But for the past two and a half years, my online name has been "Jane Doe." All social applications, forums, Amazon, Paypal, Google... everything online bears the name "Jane Doe." I have a pre-paid credit card with the name "Jane Doe" to make purchases online. My P.O. Box is under both names with the blessing of the postmaster. I paid several companies to take the name "Mary Smith" off of their online lists. If anyone googles "Mary Smith" they will not find me -- I have checked several times, and not just Google but several other "who/where" databases as well.
There is a very good reason why I have gone through so much trouble to keep my real name offline. I do not wish for a certain dangerous someone to find me.
This is my question: I have been basically off the grid for a while now and I will be looking for work soon. Now that I have all but erased my online presence, is this going to be a problem? I will need to email prospect employers because I do not plan to stay in this state and many of the positions I am looking for have online applications. And they may wonder why they are receiving emails from "Jane Doe" and not "Mary Smith." I would prefer it if I did not have put my name back on the internet again because I don't think that dangerous someone has stopped looking for me. Any suggestions?
Anonymous because I obviously do not wish to put my name(s) online in relation to this question.