by bill - 2009-09-28 - ( life / money / employment )
It's been almost three weeks now, and I'm finally able to talk/blog about my layoff. After the merger and corporate restructuring at work, it was finally my turn to have my "position eliminated." I instinctively felt it coming. In fact, I couldn't sleep the night before, worrying about it. No one had said anything to me, it was just a feeling, a feeling that turned out to be accurate. Still, it was a shock when it actually happened.
That job had run its course, anyway. I hope to look back on this as the best thing that could have happened to me. My IT director blamed his new Belgian bosses for the layoff. He said my performance was excellent and he would give me a good reference. Hollow words, but better than nothing. I told him a few days later via email that they'd made a mistake. They really needed someone like me with my wide range of IT experience/skills, especially now with all the transitioning going on. He agreed, but his hands were tied. I guess I believe him. :) At least they gave me a severance package. Not exactly a "golden parachute," but better than a "golden shower" or a kick in the ass on my way out the door. :)
The main thing that bothered me was how they kept insisting that all of our jobs were safe. We all instinctively knew that wasn't true, of course, but they didn't have to give us false hope, either. Hell, factory workers often know months in advance that they're losing their jobs, why not office workers?
I'm busily getting my consulting business back up to speed while I search for a new job, hence the signature line on this. If you hear of any good online money-making ideas or good job sites other than careerbuilder, monster and dice, which I'm aware of, let me know.
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