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Raisor
03-11-2008, 04:36 PM
Looks like I'm getting laid off from work this week, probably tomorrow. Which as far as I'm concerned is a great thing. I'll get a good severence package and I'm hoping to hear about a job I interviewed for last week pretty soon.

Anyone else going though this right now?

Unassisted
03-11-2008, 04:44 PM
I'm coming up on my 6-month anniversary of being laid off. It's not so bad.

*BaseClogger*
03-11-2008, 07:09 PM
Plenty of people in this state dealing with it... :(

Joseph
03-11-2008, 07:26 PM
We were told we weren't getting raises this year and there's been a freeze on all spending, so I'm not quite laid off....yet....but I'm feeling the crunch somewhat as well.

Good luck on the other job.

GAC
03-11-2008, 08:10 PM
Looks like I'm getting laid off from work this week, probably tomorrow. Which as far as I'm concerned is a great thing. I'll get a good severence package and I'm hoping to hear about a job I interviewed for last week pretty soon.

Anyone else going though this right now?

You're in my prayers Phil. I wish only the best for you.

Yeah, I've been there..... 4 times in my work career I've been laid off. Just keep doing what you're doing, and don't allow it to depress you. You'll recover.

There aren't too many people out there in the market looking for jobs that have the experience you do as a starship captain. ;)

WebScorpion
03-11-2008, 08:22 PM
I worked almost 20 years in different jobs with only one vacation that exceeded one week, then I was suddenly laid off. I really enjoyed not working for the first 2 months, but then I got serious about interviewing and getting another job. I worked harder at getting a job than I had EVER worked at a job...professional resume reviews, custom cover letters for each application, interview coaches, etc. It took me eight months to find another job at half my previous salary and I got it because I walked into the local Red Cross and sold myself to the IT Manager, then told him I'd work for whatever he would be willing to pay me. In the end, being unemployed was not something I enjoyed, but it happens to many honest, hard working people. Good luck and God bless you. We'll be pulling for you with the Man upstairs.:pray:

15fan
03-11-2008, 08:30 PM
My old man went through it several times. Took me a while to find my first job out of school.

Hang in there, don't take it personally, and make the most of the opportunity to stop and smell some of the proverbial flowers along the way.

TeamCasey
03-11-2008, 08:41 PM
Lost mine a little over a year ago after 18 years. It's a heartbreaker. Sorry, man.

Raisor
03-11-2008, 09:08 PM
Thanks everyone.

While I'm a bit nervouse, I'm mostly just excited since I HATE my job. When I interview, I think it'll come across better that I got laid off then saying how much I hated this job.

When it does happen, I'm taking a couple weeks to chill out, maybe go to Florida for some Spring Training games, and then jump into the job search. I'm definatly not going to take the job I interviewed for last week for granted.

cincinnati chili
03-12-2008, 12:02 AM
When it does happen, I'm taking a couple weeks to chill out, maybe go to Florida for some Spring Training games

If you're at the game this Sunday (the 18th) please give me a heads up so I can put a voice with an avatar.

pedro
03-12-2008, 12:10 AM
Thanks everyone.

While I'm a bit nervouse, I'm mostly just excited since I HATE my job. When I interview, I think it'll come across better that I got laid off then saying how much I hated this job.

When it does happen, I'm taking a couple weeks to chill out, maybe go to Florida for some Spring Training games, and then jump into the job search. I'm definatly not going to take the job I interviewed for last week for granted.

Hey Phil, I'll be at opening day in Atlanta.

OldRightHander
03-12-2008, 12:32 AM
It happened to me once. I was a federal employee back when they had the government shutdown in the mid 90s. I had about a month off because I was considered one of those non essential people. I've also been downsized a couple times but didn't have trouble finding other work then. I think I've been in more different lines of work over the years until I finally jumped into what I'm doing now, which is looking like a keeper. No more bosses for me.

Incidentally, I'm currently laid over about two hours away from you waiting for my next load. I'm sitting at a Pilot over in Augusta, hoping to catch something good out of Augusta, Atlanta, or Columbia. Heck, I'll even shoot down to Savannah or Charleston at this point. I've been enjoying the weather here, but I need to get rolling.

Anyway, you ought to head down to Florida for some ST games. A little break to get ready for the interview. You'll probably end up better off when all is said and done anyway.

Roy Tucker
03-12-2008, 08:29 AM
I got laid off once from a startup I was working for. The dot com bust happened in 2001, we went from 130 people to 90 to 50 to 30. I got hit at the 50-30 transition (after 30, they went to 15 and then out of business).

Give yourself a couple week vacation. But after that, make getting your new job your full time job. Get up and get showered for business hours, "work" an 8-5 day, work the network, make phone calls, distribute resumes, do interviews, and generally do everything you can for a new job. Getting a new job takes a while and don't underestimate the amount of effort needed.

justincredible
03-12-2008, 09:08 AM
I was laid off at my last company in Indianapolis. Luckily, I had been through a series of interviews with a company down here in Cinci and was just waiting to hear back from them. I was laid off on a Friday and had a job offer the following Monday.

Chip R
03-12-2008, 09:51 AM
Just think, Raisor, now you don't have to wear pants at all. Good luck, bud.

RFS62
03-12-2008, 09:59 AM
Keep the faith, Raisor.

gonelong
03-12-2008, 11:00 AM
I guess I have been somewhat lucky. I have had all sorts of jobs growing up, all of which I eventually left voluntarily. After getting my degree I have worked at the same place for 12 years. I have never been fired, layed-off, downsized, let-go, etc. in my life.

I am not looking forwar to my first. Working on government contracts (DOD) my first layoff is always right around the corner. Been very lucky to be in one place for a goodly amount of time.

Good luck Raisor.

GL

Rojo
03-12-2008, 12:56 PM
One thing I always recommend: file for unemployement right away. Yes, you might get a job quickly, but you might not. And you can't get "back" unemployment if your sojourn drags on.

Raisor
03-12-2008, 03:58 PM
One thing I always recommend: file for unemployement right away. Yes, you might get a job quickly, but you might not. And you can't get "back" unemployment if your sojourn drags on.

If I get a package from the company, am I eligable for unemployement too?

It doesn't look like it's happening this week, by the way. Should be soon though.

Rojo
03-12-2008, 04:50 PM
If I get a package from the company, am I eligable for unemployement too?

It doesn't look like it's happening this week, by the way. Should be soon though.

Don't know. I would guess that it does. Still you should check and see when you first be eligible and at how much.

GAC
03-12-2008, 07:51 PM
If I get a package from the company, am I eligable for unemployement too?

No. When I received my severance package many years ago it affects when you're eligible for unemployment benefits.

You still file. They will then determine what your weekly benefits would be, and then figure in whatever you received in severance, which would forestall you getting benefits right away. At least that is the way it use to work.

Raisor
03-13-2008, 12:12 PM
Ok, I've been laid off and sent home. Yippie.

Unfortunatly, the package wasn't what we were hoping for, but it's better then nothing. I'll be eligable for unempolyment in about a month.

Job hunt starts next monday.

OldRightHander
03-13-2008, 01:01 PM
Unfortunatly, the package wasn't what we were hoping for, but it's better then nothing. I'll be eligable for unempolyment in about a month.


But if you combine that with all the royalty money you must still be getting from this...

http://scientificsonline.com/images/250/30536-17.jpg

KronoRed
03-13-2008, 01:50 PM
Ok, I've been laid off and sent home. Yippie.

Unfortunatly, the package wasn't what we were hoping for, but it's better then nothing. I'll be eligable for unempolyment in about a month.

Job hunt starts next monday.
Look for people who are hiring based on snark
;)

Good luck :)

Raisor
03-13-2008, 02:18 PM
Look for people who are hiring based on snark
;)

Good luck :)

Snark doesn't seem to be something most employers want.

:(

gonelong
03-13-2008, 02:21 PM
But if you combine that with all the royalty money you must still be getting from this...

http://scientificsonline.com/images/250/30536-17.jpg

Raisor, I like your Red shirt. I hope that's not your Boss in blue there, he seems to have bad intentions. :eek:

GL

Chip R
03-13-2008, 02:41 PM
Snark doesn't seem to be something most employers want.

:(


BP's not hiring?

Raisor
03-13-2008, 04:54 PM
UPDATE!

At my interview last week, I told the guy that I might be getting laid off, and he told me to contact him if/when that happened to keep him in the loop. I did that today, and he wrote back that things were still moving forward, though it'll still take a little while before they make a decesion.

So the good news is that I haven't been eliminated yet.

go me.

Matt700wlw
03-13-2008, 05:12 PM
We were told we weren't getting raises this year and there's been a freeze on all spending, so I'm not quite laid off....yet....but I'm feeling the crunch somewhat as well.

Good luck on the other job.

Sounds like us....wait, that always sounds like us :bang:

GAC
03-13-2008, 08:24 PM
Next time, don't go into the interview like this (even if the phaser is only set on stun).....

http://www.c95.com/files/u2/spock_003.jpg

SandyD
03-13-2008, 10:15 PM
Best of luck, Raisor. Hope you get the job you want.

TRF
03-14-2008, 04:34 PM
http://www.nbc.com/Casting/#gladiators

dude, you would be awesome in spandex.

Raisor
03-14-2008, 04:35 PM
http://www.nbc.com/Casting/#gladiators

dude, you would be awesome in spandex.


Where do you think I got laid off from?

BRM
03-14-2008, 04:40 PM
I thought they laid you off because you refused to wear pants to work?

TRF
03-17-2008, 02:57 PM
what? you wouldn't drink one of Hogan's energy drinks?

KittyDuran
03-17-2008, 07:26 PM
Was laid off in 1999 from the same company that I now work for. I was hired in 12/98, put on part time in 5/99 then laid off in 7/99. Unfortunately, when I filed for unemployment they took my last salary which was part time. I went out and temped for 2 months then the company temped me out for 2 months. I was hired back full time in 11/99.

Raisor
03-23-2008, 07:28 PM
It's been a little over a week since the lay off. I applied to about 40 jobs this past week. I'm hoping to hear from the big job that I interviewed for a week or so before I got laid off, this week.

Fingers crossed.

gilpdawg
03-23-2008, 08:05 PM
Best of luck. The way things are going, it could be any one of us. If my place goes south, I'm screwed because I didn't get a degree. I'm trying to get the nerve to go back to school, but I guess deep down I'm afraid. I'll be 30 this year, and I still don't have a clue what I want in life. I've taken interest with physical therapy lately. Now I just have to get the stones to get off my butt and go for it.

goreds2
03-23-2008, 09:05 PM
Best of luck. The way things are going, it could be any one of us. If my place goes south, I'm screwed because I didn't get a degree. I'm trying to get the nerve to go back to school, but I guess deep down I'm afraid. I'll be 30 this year, and I still don't have a clue what I want in life. I've taken interest with physical therapy lately. Now I just have to get the stones to get off my butt and go for it.

Thirty is not too old to go back to school. In fact, I think it is perfect age because you are probably more mature and would make your class work first priority.

When I was in college, I met some great students who were anywhere from 30 - 50 years old. Don't think you will be the only older than usual student there. Good luck.

Best wishes to you also Raisor.

SteelSD
03-24-2008, 01:06 AM
It's been a little over a week since the lay off. I applied to about 40 jobs this past week. I'm hoping to hear from the big job that I interviewed for a week or so before I got laid off, this week.

Fingers crossed.

Sorry to hear about your luck, bud. I've experienced my share of layoffs and two that included the entire department in which I worked. My wife was affected by a mass layoff announced at the beginning of February (her 2nd layoff) as well.

Even though you didn't like your previous job losing any job can be tough and getting layed off is likely tougher emotionally than being fired for cause because it's so freakin' random most of the time.

This last one was expecially rough for my wife because it included her being told that she had to stick around for two months in order to train her co-workers (who can't do her job) to do her job. I can't even imagine how that feels. So she trained them and then two weeks ago she leaves for a single day to interview for a couple jobs. While she was gone, one of the people she trained deleted a major database during, apparently, his step ten of what she clearly documented as a five-step process to pull a report. She eventually negotiated a "last physical day" that was over a week ago, but she still receives emails and phone calls from the people tasked with her duties.

Like you, she acted quickly and now has a guaranteed new job starting April 1st and another couple of job offers that could be rolling in soon. So kudos to you for looking to get back on the horse sooner rather than later. We've seen some mass layoffs in my current area with other businesses lately and one thing that I consistently look for when interviewing one of those layed off is how long a break they took from work. Your behavior (immediate job-seeking post-layoff) is exactly what I'm looking for in a candidate even if they received a solid severance package. I'd suggest that it's pretty tough for anyone tasked with hiring to be doing so without having experienced at least one layoff in their career, so I expect many or most of those with whom you'll be interviewing feel the same way.

A few tips for anyone who's been layed off:

1. File for unemployment benefits immediately. One thing I found out is that unemployment amounts and/or qualifications for eligibility can vary by state. For example, the last time I was layed off, I worked from home for a company that was located in another state. I found that by filing in that other state, I was eligible for nearly twice as much money as if I had filed in my home state. Also, even though I received a severance package and declared it in my claim, I was not penalized for it. Maybe that was my claims agent being super-cool, but I was eligible for benefits on the same day I would have been had I not received a severance package. And yes, you can do it pretty much all online.

2. Don't limit yourself to just applying for positions at the same level, particularly if you were experienced in your position with your previous company. Sometimes one might need to take a step down in either title or pay. However, don't exclude potential advancement opportunities that might be there, especially if you've worked in a company where advancement opportunities are bottlenecked. In short, if you've been looking for advancement, a layoff might be your chance because even though the outcome of the experience isn't what you'd liked, the "experience" is still valuable.

3. As long as you're not burning any valuable bridges, it's ok to take the first offer that comes along to guarantee your financial situation while still interviewing with other companies. It's a bit cold to do that, but the fact of the matter is that a company doesn't care about your loyalty when choosing who to lay off in the first place. You need to be as non-emotional as they are and do what's in the best interests of you and yours.

4. When you go to an interview, have a plan. Understand the company you're interviewing with- their vision and values. Their standing in the marketplace. Arm yourself with facts. And by all means, sell yourself. If your contribution led to a 20% improvement in your department's performance, don't leave that in your head because you feel that being humble is something your interviewer wants to see. Put it out there. Especially in an interview, if it's truth, it ain't bragging.

goreds2
03-24-2008, 02:50 AM
Nice post SteelSD.

RBA
03-24-2008, 01:29 PM
How about GoArmy.com ?

Seriously, I'm getting out of the Air Force soon. So I need to get on looking to start all over in the civilian world. I think I'm more nervous getting out of the military than getting in.

jmcclain19
03-25-2008, 03:44 AM
Thanks everyone.

While I'm a bit nervouse, I'm mostly just excited since I HATE my job. When I interview, I think it'll come across better that I got laid off then saying how much I hated this job.

When it does happen, I'm taking a couple weeks to chill out, maybe go to Florida for some Spring Training games, and then jump into the job search. I'm definatly not going to take the job I interviewed for last week for granted.

Being laid off was the best thing that ever happened to me. Honestly.

I hated my job. Didn't know how much I hated it until I worked at another company and realized that I liked getting up in the morning again.

I was off for two weeks before I went stir crazy. I had three solid months of severance but there was no way I would have lasted that long.

I picked up an odd job as a short term contractor doing entry level clerk type work to just get out of the house, with the full intention of looking for something else while I had the job. Six years later I'm still at the same company, having climbed up the up the ladder thru four departments and now make three times the salary I ever did at my old job and enjoy it infinitely more.

Other bonus to getting laid off - I spent way too much time during those few weeks I didn't work on the internet during the afternoons/evenings, where I ended up meeting the woman who is now my wife. We met in person the first day I started at my current company. Lets call that day a good day.

So yeah - take things in stride and realize that this is a chance to take your life in a different direction and don't be afraid to follow where that path takes you.