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Icon 9 posted April 29, 2003 11:21      Profile for Doco   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Well - what the heck - I'm sitting at home playing on my computer because Friday I got laid off. This sucks!

It is a new experience for me. Ever since Jr. High (a lot of years ago) I've either been in school or working. With the odd week or two in between school and summer jobs, which was usually pretty busy with moving, etc.

Just as way of introduction... I've been a long time member of geek culture - just mostly a lurker and not a poster on the forums. With my newly acquired free time I figured I might as well post here. I've been lurking enough that I feel like I know a number of the "blabber mouths", but I'm sure that none of you know me. I'll work on changing that - this will be my third post today which is about 10% of the posts I've made in the last couple of years.

More about me. I'm primarily software geek, but I do get into desinging "systems". That is laying out the requirements of a product, dividing HW and SW functionality, network/SW/HW architecture, etc. I'm now doing some serious consideration as to what I should spend my free time on. Do I pick up a couple of PIC processors and build some cool DMX512 light controller, or do I dive into Java programming and throw some time into something opensource? oh the decisions..... Of course my wife has a number of honey-do projects for me to do, and there is the garage to clean out and then there is the basement, and then the chicken-coop, and then.......

So - any pointers on dealing with the anger/frustration/sadness of being rejected by your employeer?

Enough of my rambling for now.
Thanks for tolerating it.

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Cap'n Vic

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Icon 1 posted April 29, 2003 11:48      Profile for Cap'n Vic     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Sounds like a perfect chance to start your own freelance outfit....in competition with your old employer, of course. Or you could enjoy the summer

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Icon 1 posted April 29, 2003 12:39            Edit/Delete Post 
Sorry to hear that [Frown]

Being on my 2nd time around of being laid off, if you can afford it enjoy some time off. My 1st time being laid off was 1999, and it was 1 year before I found another job. And now this time it's pushing a year or being laid off again. I was laid off last July, but this time around I've at least been getting freelance work on and off from the place that laid me off, but it's been 3 weeks now since any work and the unemployment is running out soon (hopefully I can get an extension on it). I do have a part time job and get in about 17.5 hours per week, but it's almost 1/2 of what I was making per hour.

The 1st month is a bummer but the following 6 months are relaxing, but now I'm getting stressed out and depressed trying to find work.

Again if you can afford it enjoy the extended summer vacation!

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Icon 1 posted April 29, 2003 12:44      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hope you resolve your situation soon, dude. [Smile]

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Icon 7 posted April 29, 2003 20:17      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Welcome Doco, happy to have you here, sorry to hear about the job though.

A similar thing happened to me several years ago, and it was devastating, and as raydreams puts it, there's a real feeling of betrayal... but on the bright side, it is a new start in many ways, and something great will come out of it I'm sure.

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Icon 1 posted April 29, 2003 21:33      Profile for addiew   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
can you go out somewhere and (gasp) get outside for a while? maybe take a trip overseas or even a road trip and take a little break before you start looking again?

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Icon 1 posted April 29, 2003 23:09      Profile for MacintoshGeek   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Doco,

Hang in there, hope things work out for the better soon!

I have been laid off also, I know how it feels.

Steve

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Icon 1 posted April 30, 2003 10:34      Profile for cheezi git     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
bad luck doco. me also, i'm not working at the moment, got laid off almost 2 months ago. i'd say try to keep some structure to your week, otherwise you might get a bit lost. and also make a decision whether you are going to relax or look for work. you might say look for work 3 days a week, and relax 4 days a week, or look for work 5 days a week (just like a normal job) and relax 2 days a week or whatever. but the main thing is make a plan and stick to it, otherwise you end up feeling like you're not achieving anything.

also try to look at it positively; maybe this is a good time to retrain, or go for that job you've always wanted but never had the time for. it's hard not to take things personally, especially if you weren't laid off in good circumstances (as if there were good circumstances!) they laid off the job, not the person.

at the end of the day it's just a matter of numbers ( i hope!) and waiting for the right opportunity.

best of luck, chin up old chap, something'll come along soon

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Icon 12 posted April 30, 2003 12:27      Profile for GMx     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Luckily, I still have my main job-posting here! [Big Grin]
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Icon 1 posted April 30, 2003 16:09      Profile for Dahak   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Last June, I was where you are now. Laid off, and used to always working. The first month was the toughest, July was OK in terms of me taking advantage of my free time to actually get out and enjoy the summer and in August, I came the closest I hope to ever come to actually losing my mind.

My advice? Keep busy. Spend some time every day on the job search, but don't spend the whole day just on the job search. Spend a lot of time with your friends and family. Catch up on your reading, both the professional and the fun kinds. Do not focus on the fact that your company laid you off; it is more their loss than yours. (That certainly was the case with me and my former employer.) If you've been wanting to work on projects (volunteering, mentoring, etc,) but never had the time.....now you do. I also recommend indulging in the guilty pleasure of waking up at nine or later.

It does get better, and you will find another job. It may not happen immediately. In my case, I was laid off in June and didn't get re-employed until October. It will work out though.

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Doco Where I work they have an inverse layoff program so that the high senority emps. can be laid off, while the junior ones can retain thier jobs, by the way we also have a sub fund that makes up the difference between the state uninployment payment and your regular pay. Well on April the fourth I was asked if I would take the Vol. layoff, great I get to get rocking chair money. That evening we had an ice storm that took out the power, I started the generater and it only ran for two hours before a bearing failed and it went south, so off to the hardware store. one thousand dollars later I am home with a new generater, what is this it has a different plug than the old one, off to the store again for the special plug. Great we have power, the house is heating, the well is pumping, and we can flush the toilets. Two hours later the neighbor comes over to tell us that the power has come back on and would we please shut off that noisy generater? Sat. off to our cottage in the woods, make list of things that need to be done for summer, go and buy materials. Mon. go back home and find message on answering machine it is the boss, I may have to come back to work. Tuesday telegram from work informing me that I am to return to work on the following Mon. Advance one more week, call into the state to claim my benifits, wait one week and call again, this time I am told that they will issue a check tomorrow, glad I did not need the money to pay for that generater. Today check from the state arrived, now I have to wait for the sub check, also today the boss asked if I wanted to take a TLO again, refused the offer the next person in line took it, hope that they get to do the list of things they make

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Icon 7 posted May 01, 2003 13:12      Profile for Doco   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Thanks for all the good thoughts and words.

I have been taking some time off from the job search. I already got some stuff done in the garage, and have a 2 page list of other stuff to do. I hope that by the time I get through that I am back to being a little more centered in my life.

My biggest problem in this first week since getting canned is to put the worry behind me. I've been saving so I know I have enough cash for quite a long time. But - I have this fear of not finding a job. I know that if I can get that behind me I'll do just fine.

Besides - I know that as pissed off as I was with my employer that I'm better off not working there.

Thanks again!

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Icon 1 posted May 01, 2003 13:46      Profile for MacintoshGeek   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
We all grow from our pain as well as our joy if we keep our minds in he right place.

I was fortunate enough to take 20 months sabbatical when my company went bust. Now I am working with them again, but in a totally different manner (well SmallTalk vs. C++ haha) and I am really energized and enthused for the first time since my early career.

And I learned how to cook a little, how to keep a clean house and how to do a bunch of little things I had been putting off while on the job.

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