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Old 10-09-03, 10:37 AM   #1
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Another one bites the dust...

As of yesterday afternoon, I became another victim of the crappy economy. I, along with 3 others at my company (an architectural firm), was laid off. In addition, 3 people were bumped down to part time hours. Sucky sucky sucky!

Thanks for letting me vent.

At least the weather is nice. I think I'll go outside now...
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Old 10-09-03, 10:51 AM   #2
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We lost 8 on friday, I feel you brother. Just hold on as the jobs catch up with the economy. I hope it is soon.

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Old 10-09-03, 11:10 AM   #3
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I've been there for longer than I care to say. Have made some $$ through investing, stock and real estate, but I don't have the fortitude to make that my way of earning a living. Relocation is out for good reasons (wife's career & daughter's school status). I've applied for low end jobs but am always questioned about my high end salary history. I keep plugging away and log time on the bike and doing some volunteer work. Good luck to all.
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Old 10-09-03, 11:32 AM   #4
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I have been there in better economic times, and I know it's rough. St. Basil's Church in Brecksville just started a support group -

http://www.basilthegreat.org/job_support/index.htm

I think they meet on the third Thursday at 7:00 pm. It's an opportunity to network.

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Old 10-09-03, 11:35 AM   #5
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I'm in the same boat, I got laid off last november found a new job in Feb and just got laid off again beginning of Sept. Like you said though atleast it is a good time of year to have days off to go riding
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Old 10-09-03, 07:39 PM   #6
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Sorry for the news! I wish you the best of luck finding something you'll enjoy real soon!

Being an employer and being in the forunate position of expanding and employing new people... Can you help me understand how a low entry support position would have people with double degrees in engineering etc applying?

I'd like to think we're a friendly small company offering a unique work culture, with a diversity of opporunity. But, sometimes people do need just a minimum $. If you are employed in a job that you love, you might want to stick around but if it doesn't cut it with the bills/lifestyle then it can't be a long term proposition. Or can it?

I'd like to understand because if we could understand more why people would go for a low paying or entry level role when they haven't been employed in something like that for many years....
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What's a job? I've forgotten. The plus side is that you have time to hit the garage sales when you're out riding your bike and get all the good deals on the old forgotten bikes that are quite nice machines when rehabbed into fixies and whatnot.
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I'd like to understand because if we could understand more why people would go for a low paying or entry level role when they haven't been employed in something like that for many years....
Umm 'cuz lots of people are out of work 'cuz the crappy economy and the supply of knowledge and labor outweighs the demand. Therefore people are forced to apply to anything they are remotely qualified for without regard to whether or not they'll be happy. They just need a paycheck...
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Just a weird update - wonder how everybody is doing 2 years later
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Sorry about that bud......we've had rough times here too.

Last few months there have been between 100 and 200 laid off and another round is coming this month I hear.
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Wow, its been that long??

The eight mentioned were middle managment. Everyone either retired or is back to work.

Let's see, my company's managment team broke free and became a contracting firm: http://cleveland.careerboard.com/cgi...ompanyid=20134

Our sister agency (see link) is going through the same process of consultants and cost cutting. I suspect we will say goodbye to a few more good people.
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we also had some big layoffs at Domtar, Merck and of course GM.... that's been big news lately.
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After the high tech crash a few years ago I was out of work (with the exception of odd jobs) for almost a year and a half. I learned a lot about myself during that time, so I'm thankful for the experience.

My wife's company has been going through HUGE upheavals lately too. Last week they laid off around 250 and yesterday close to 100.
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I feel for all you guys. In a past life, I was a newspaper manager for many years. When that business started going to pot in the late 80s, I lost 3 jobs in 7 years. Like some of you, relocation wasn't an option due to spouse's career and kid's school, so I took an entry level school custodian job to get by. That was 10 years ago. I've never been happier and try to not look back(easier said than done, I know). It's amazing how you can change your lifestyle and get along just as well when you're forced to.
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An update from me... after my layoff, I ended up taking a temp job at a retail HQ about 4 months later. That job became permanent after about a month & I still work there. Unfortunately, our company will be moving its HQ to Chicago & I won't be going with them. So, I'll be back to square one again, looking for a job come spring. At least this time, there's a decent severance package to help carry me along.

It doesn't help that my husband will be laid-off at the beginning of January. He's in the process of sending resumes, trying to find something.

I'm not seeing a turnaround in the economy yet... at least in my area of the country.
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What position did you have at the firm?
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An update from me... after my layoff, I ended up taking a temp job at a retail HQ about 4 months later. That job became permanent after about a month & I still work there. Unfortunately, our company will be moving its HQ to Chicago & I won't be going with them. So, I'll be back to square one again, looking for a job come spring. At least this time, there's a decent severance package to help carry me along.

It doesn't help that my husband will be laid-off at the beginning of January. He's in the process of sending resumes, trying to find something.

I'm not seeing a turnaround in the economy yet... at least in my area of the country.
I can't remember a time when the economy was good here since the 70s, which is why most of my adult life was spent elsewhere. Since I came back here in 2000 I've had 2 companies die out from under me and another relocate out of state. My current employer isn't even local, it's a NC firm that a local company outsourced their IT dept to. I've been looking to work closer to home, (commute from Stow to Westlake) and when going through the job boards it's obvious where all the jobs are - Health Care, Banking and Insurance. Even IT isn't the darling it used to be, unless you are willing to be a contractor. Good luck, maybe some of us NE Ohio cyclists can do some networking to help each other out in the job market?
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Old 12-03-05, 09:54 PM   #18
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Chipcom, networking is always a good thing. (Stow/Westlake IS quite the commute.) My background is interior design with lots of architectural CAD experience (NOT what I'm doing at the moment). I plan to get back into the arch. CAD side of things. There are a few jobs around... it's just a matter of being in the 'right place; right time', I believe. My husband is a mech. engineer (not the HVAC kind).
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