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Sxeptomaniac

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Icon 1 posted February 05, 2009 14:24      Profile for Sxeptomaniac   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Well, I just got the axe, thanks to the "economic downturn." Not sure what about my job was expendable, but there it stands.

I was completely blindsided by this. My only full-time coworker in the office is on maternity leave, and we only have a part-time temp filling in for her. I would have thought that they'd at least wait until there was a full-time person on hand to take up the slack. I'm not too upset overall, but I will miss a lot of the people in this department.

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Colonel Panic
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Icon 1 posted February 05, 2009 15:42      Profile for Colonel Panic         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I'm sorry to hear that Sxepto, truly.

It is sad to hear anybody lose their job, even more so when it is somebody from our community here.

With the job market so tight, this may be a time for some introspection and think about starting your own business.

Is there something you like to do and you are good at? Or is there a dream you have wanted to pursue?

Just a thought.

CP

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Icon 1 posted February 05, 2009 16:01      Profile for DoctorWho     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
That's terrible. And we are probably not through the worst of it.

I was on the road today going to the North Shore and I decided to call a friend where I used to work. She said they had a meeting recently and thanks to the fact that I and someone else and the positions were not filled my former boss didn't have to fire anybody. Unfortunately several people in other departments will not be so lucky. What is also fortunate is that I and the other guy who moved on would have been the ones who would have gotten fired.

I will be praying for you that something better will come along.

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Icon 1 posted February 05, 2009 16:33      Profile for TMBWITW,PB     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Wow, I'm sorry. Good luck finding a replacement.

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Icon 1 posted February 05, 2009 16:34      Profile for tweety   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Sxepto – Um, welcome to the club? I'm truly sorry to hear this news. I hope you'll be alright financially while you look for new work. As for CP's question, starting a new business in this environment may not be a bad idea, just be sure to do serious market research before setting up shop. While some industries seem easy to get into, they may be dying, or impossible to find clients/customers. Other industries may seem desperately difficult to enter, but may be where the money's at. Oh, you may want to avoid anything to do with retail just now. Unless you can out-price Wal-Mart.

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Icon 1 posted February 05, 2009 16:48      Profile for macmcseboy     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Oh man... Sorry to hear that.... Damn... what else can I say. I just pray you get more work soon. I pray everyone here gets more work.

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Icon 9 posted February 05, 2009 17:33      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Rats, that sucks. [Frown]

If there's anything we can do, like link to your resume or something, let me know.

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Icon 1 posted February 05, 2009 18:17      Profile for Astronomer Jedi   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Sympathies Sxepto. I hope something comes up for you.

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Icon 1 posted February 05, 2009 19:11      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Bah friggin' humbug. Sorry to hear that. :/

Best of luck in finding new work! [Smile]

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Icon 1 posted February 05, 2009 21:23      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Frak.

Hope you find something soon.

Meanwhile, try to do something positive with your newfound free time. Maybe there's some new skill you've been wanting to learn, but never found the time?

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Icon 1 posted February 06, 2009 00:01      Profile for skylar     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Man, I really am sorry to hear that Sxepto ... I really hope you move on to something even better, where they know to hold on to a good thing once they have it!
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$h!t storm on the horizon
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I have a feeling Septo won't be teh last here to get this news.

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Icon 1 posted February 06, 2009 01:50      Profile for Sxeptomaniac   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Thanks for the well-wishes. I'll definitely be doing some thinking and make sure my resume is up to date this weekend.

I had several of the guys from the department respond with "What? Why would they lay YOU off?" Can't say I've figured out what the reasoning might be yet, myself. Either way, I'm fine with things now that I'm past the initial shock. I'll find some job or another, and maybe be able to work out taking some classes to work on some of my other skills. I'll just move on.

On the other hand, it did start to feel like I was in some bad TV drama when my car suddenly wouldn't start while I was out running errands this evening. It's just a little much for one day. After a little time I finally got it to turn over so I could drive home again, but I guess I'll have to take it down to get checked out tomorrow.

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Icon 1 posted February 06, 2009 05:50      Profile for Stereo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Really sorry about the bad news, Sxepto. Other have already said all I could tell you, so I'll just add my "good luck" wishes to the stack.

(And the reason they're firing you may just be that you have the greatest paycheck out of all those they could spare with, while the reaction of your coworkers indicates that you are worth it. So when they realise their mistake and ask you to come back, be sure to ask for a hefty raise. [evil] )

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Sxeptomaniac

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Icon 1 posted February 06, 2009 08:53      Profile for Sxeptomaniac   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Stereo:
(And the reason they're firing you may just be that you have the greatest paycheck out of all those they could spare with, while the reaction of your coworkers indicates that you are worth it. So when they realise their mistake and ask you to come back, be sure to ask for a hefty raise. [evil] )

Wish I could say that was the case, but my coworker here in the office makes more than I do. Unfortunately, this is not an organization that rewards loyalty. Raises tend to be few and far between, meaning that people who've worked here for more than a few years (like myself) have pay below newer hires (like my coworker).

I'm OK partly because I had been planning on moving on from this organization in the not-so-distant future, though I had hoped to wait until the job market was a bit more favorable, but I'll make do with what hand I've been dealt.

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Icon 1 posted February 06, 2009 12:42      Profile for fs   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I'm sorry to hear that, but it sounds like you're keeping a positive attitude.

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Icon 1 posted February 06, 2009 14:15      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Stereo:
So when they realise their mistake and ask you to come back, be sure to ask for a hefty raise. [evil]

That happened to my dad, they paid him his 'golden handshake' (which he lent to us as a deposit for Casa del Druid V1.0) and a couple of months later, when they noticed that the stuff he'd been doing wasn't being done any more, they asked him to come back.

No hefty raise though. [Frown]

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Sxepto - This is bad news, especially if there was no warning. It sounds from your posts like you have plans in place to get you through for a while, I hope this is the case. Good Luck with whatever comes next.

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