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post #1 of 55 (permalink) Old 11-09-2010, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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Lost my job

After 4.5 years with my company, I got the notice today that I'm being laid off. Effective November 30. I get 8 weeks severence and my end of year bonus. I've never been fired or laid off before and it's quite a shock to my emotions. How have you dealt with being let go before?

I resisted the urge to tell the manager and HR people to F off and took it like a man. I cried when I got home though


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Sorry to hear that.

Be nice. Bridges in Chicago are sturdy and long-lasting; best not to burn them.

What kind of work do you do and what kind of work are you looking to do?

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Save all your money now and go into thrift mode. This could last a long time. Good luck.
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That sucks, but at least you got your bonus and sevrence. Take a week to put things in perspective and then start reaching out to opportunities. Good Luck.

BTW...what field/job?

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on Nov 30th apply for unemployment asap. I made the mistake of waiting a month when I was laid off for 2 months as I thought I would get back pay from unemployment. Wrong! LOL


What do you do for a living what are ur skills? let friens and family know you are looking for work. Networking is the way to go. Most of the time its not what you know its who you know.


I was in your shoes a little over 2 years ago. Worked at my employer for about 12 years or so and got laid off with no notice. I was shocked and felt like I was worthless as I never have ben fired or laid off before. Keep your chin up and ears open
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Take a week to decompress. When I got laid off in 2005 it didn't hit me for 2 or 3 weeks. It just felt like I was on vacation. Especially when you will continue to be getting checks.
Since you are still there for a few weeks I would recommend that you get a letter of recommendation from your manager or who ever you direct report is, also one from HR if you think that will help. always looks good to someone hiring you that you left on good terms and that they would have no problem hiring you back. In other words they had to lay you off because of their money problems or management, not because your performance. Downsizing is a great reason that is no fault of yours.
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Damn, sucks dude....

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I was shocked and felt like i was worthless as i never have ben fired or laid off before. Keep your chin up and ears open
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Really sorry to hear man. Been there too. It sucks.
Heres to hoping you find something while you're still on your 8 weeks of pay so you can make some double pay for a while.

I got screwed out of my bonus when it happened to me - was in November and they didn't pay out (expected bonus would have been around 10k so that hurt a bit)

and what everybody else said - keep your head up and network.. Linked in etc should help too
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Being laid off was the best time of my life. You have severance pay and unemployment (as G2G said, apply ASAP) to go along with a ton of free time. It took me 3.5 months to find my next job, but you have to get out there. Applying online only isn't good enough. As everyone said, post up your field and i'm sure someone here will have some leads. Good luck!

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I am really sorry man. Post up your skills so we can try to help out and get you situated

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Wow, thanks for the support guys. I've been a QA Analyst (testing software) for the past 5 years. However, I think I'd like to do something different so during this time I'll be brushing up on my programming skills (C# primarily) and see if I can find something doing that. I have a BA in Info Sys, but have no work related experience doing anything else computer related other than testing software. I think I'm going to take this as an opportunity to venture out and see what else there is in this field (networking, programming, some sort of engineering)

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Wow, thanks for the support guys. I've been a QA Analyst (testing software) for the past 5 years. However, I think I'd like to do something different so during this time I'll be brushing up on my programming skills (C# primarily) and see if I can find something doing that. I have a BA in Info Sys, but have no work related experience doing anything else computer related other than testing software. I think I'm going to take this as an opportunity to venture out and see what else there is in this field (networking, programming, some sort of engineering)
work for google and get me cool shit.

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If you're willing to move my firm has work. Closest would be st louis or indy; most likely would be DC.
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Wow, thanks for the support guys. I've been a QA Analyst (testing software) for the past 5 years. However, I think I'd like to do something different so during this time I'll be brushing up on my programming skills (C# primarily) and see if I can find something doing that. I have a BA in Info Sys, but have no work related experience doing anything else computer related other than testing software. I think I'm going to take this as an opportunity to venture out and see what else there is in this field (networking, programming, some sort of engineering)
Do you have any programming certs, classes, etc? My buddy's company is hiring programmers, and they are an awesome company to work for (and they pay well). They aren't looking for programming experts, but having a good background is preferred.

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Wow, thanks for the support guys. I've been a QA Analyst (testing software) for the past 5 years. However, I think I'd like to do something different so during this time I'll be brushing up on my programming skills (C# primarily) and see if I can find something doing that. I have a BA in Info Sys, but have no work related experience doing anything else computer related other than testing software. I think I'm going to take this as an opportunity to venture out and see what else there is in this field (networking, programming, some sort of engineering)
I'll keep you in mind. Go to Dice.com and do a search for QA Analysts. I am having lunch with an old coworker this Friday who is a QA Analyst and will ask him if he knows of any openings.

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Bummer. Remember, always keep your head up, thank your superiors and stay cordial and positive. Never a good idea to burn bridges...you always tend to run in to them again if you stay in your field.

I was laid off last January after almost 7 years with my old company. I made it through 3 years of layoffs before I finally got my notice...so it wasn't exactly a surprise, but it's still certainly a shock.

Get your resume in order and stay positive! I'd be happy to pass along my resume template and cover letter if you need a go by or anything.

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Chris - if you want another pair of eyes to review your resume let me know.

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Wow, thanks for the support guys. I've been a QA Analyst (testing software) for the past 5 years. However, I think I'd like to do something different so during this time I'll be brushing up on my programming skills (C# primarily) and see if I can find something doing that. I have a BA in Info Sys, but have no work related experience doing anything else computer related other than testing software. I think I'm going to take this as an opportunity to venture out and see what else there is in this field (networking, programming, some sort of engineering)
PM me your email address
My wife is hiring QA people and programmers at the bank
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Sorry to hear that brother! but look at it this way, after something bad somthing good always follows!
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Dude just out of posting on here you have about 10 leads or helpful sites. Get busy reaching out to everyone now!
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Not sure if this is an indication things are improving with the economy or not. It certainly is kind of conflicting isn't it?
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Just don't mix "reaching out" with "reaching around!"
Heis a good guy, and definitely good for a reach around. Although he is the kind of guy to do the F4T in reverser

Does this mean we can ride some more Chris?

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Not sure if this is an indication things are improving with the economy or not. It certainly is kind of conflicting isn't it?
*shrug*

The QA opening at my job is due to someone retiring back in September. Solid QA testers are a rare commodity. I'm not sure we've been aggressively hunting for candidates either, which is why I think this slot is still open.
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Wife has had a shitload of slots for a while.
She wants me to go apply there (different department - we can't be in the same lob)
I don't want to.. It'd be a lot more money but I am really pulling for my company - we have genuinely good people here and a great environment. When I was at the bank I wanted to stick a fork in my eye... People give up their entire life and sanity just so a few bosses can make an extra quarter mill or.. really who cares how much.. and then they will lay those same people off even in a quarter they made 16b in profits. All so they can pad their bonuses just a bit more.

The quarter I got laid off we bought another bank - made 16b and if i remember correctly the ass in charge took home a 22m bonus. - 10,000 of us were laid off in one day.

I am loyal when a company reciprocates.

Besides.. the block almost the entire internet out there.. I'd go nuts.
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