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Old 12-21-08, 10:56 AM
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Laid off yet again. Peachy.

Hey all,

Just mentioning it because of the networking angle. I've also been hitting up facebook, linkedin, and even myspace. But yeah, I was laid off last week. 2nd time in 14 months, and the 4th time since 2003. I'm thinking IT support might not be the most stable industry eh? Anyway, if anyone knows of any opportunities send 'em my way.
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Old 12-21-08, 11:02 AM
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dang. That sucks. And right before Christmas too.

Can't help you with the job search. Sorry.
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Old 12-21-08, 11:06 AM
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Oh, that sucks. Good luck on the job search!
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Old 12-21-08, 11:15 AM
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Sorry to hear, good luck on your job search...I assume you want to stay local
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I'm sorry to hear that - especially right before Christmas! I doubt you'd want to give up the Texas weather for Pennsylvania's, but if I hear of anything, I'll send you a PM. Good luck with the search!
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Shoot! Good luck finding the new gig...did they give you any sort of severance package to ease the pain?
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Old 12-21-08, 05:20 PM
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Originally Posted by ravenmore View Post
...the 4th time since 2003. I'm thinking IT support might not be the most stable industry eh?...
No industry is stable; you gotta be flexible. In the early- to mid-90s I went through pretty much the same thing- laid off four times from '91 to '96. Things settled down after that and I've been with the same company for 11+ years. I was able to stay in my chosen profession (mechanical engineering) but I know the desire to look into other fields.

It sounds like you have a positive attitude. Hang onto it; it can be the differentiator when you're looking for your next job.

A tip: Although I know of no job ops personally, I live in Fort Worth and while there have been some layoffs and stuff, the DFW area is one of the stronger regions in the country economically... and it's not all that far from Austin.

Good luck. Keep faith. It will work for you.
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Old 12-21-08, 07:14 PM
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Yes, the positive attitude is important. You never know when serendipity will hit.

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Old 12-21-08, 07:23 PM
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Sorry to hear this Ravenmore. Best wishes for a speedy search.
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Old 12-21-08, 08:09 PM
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Sorry to hear ravenmore. Check this out as well - www.fbijobs.gov Looks like the closest IT vacancy we have to you is in Phoenix. Good luck in your search.
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Old 12-21-08, 08:19 PM
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Check out www.usajobs.com. There are some openings for IT in TX in the government that is open to the public. If you had any military time there are even more opportunities.
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Old 12-21-08, 08:33 PM
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Originally Posted by JF1 View Post
Sorry to hear ravenmore. Check this out as well - www.fbijobs.gov Looks like the closest IT vacancy we have to you is in Phoenix. Good luck in your search.
Does it include a 60% pay cut like most valley jobs?
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Old 12-21-08, 08:35 PM
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Have you looked into a study at home type a thing to get a side job as a buffer?
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Old 12-21-08, 09:02 PM
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You're handling it a lot better than the guy who murdered his boss because he was laid off before Christmas.
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Old 12-21-08, 09:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Michigander View Post
Does it include a 60% pay cut like most valley jobs?
I don't understand your question. The salary range is listed in each job announcement.
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Originally Posted by JF1 View Post
I don't understand your question. The salary range is listed in each job announcement.
That question was sarcastic and bitter, not necessarily literal. I love AZ, but god damn, the wages suck in a lot of businesses.
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Old 12-21-08, 09:42 PM
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Yo Ravenmore there was an opening around here that required some IT support. Let me ask around the company to see whats up.
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Old 12-21-08, 09:46 PM
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dont go into machining either just got laid off from that about a month ago
good luck with the job search
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Old 12-22-08, 06:21 AM
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Good luck Raven.
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Originally Posted by ravenmore View Post
Hey all,

Just mentioning it because of the networking angle. I've also been hitting up facebook, linkedin, and even myspace. But yeah, I was laid off last week. 2nd time in 14 months, and the 4th time since 2003. I'm thinking IT support might not be the most stable industry eh? Anyway, if anyone knows of any opportunities send 'em my way.

IT can be very stable in the right segments. Get out of support. Its always the first place to be cut. Whats your specialty? Desktop? Networking? When laid off is the best time to add new skills and move into a new segment.
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Originally Posted by JF1 View Post
Sorry to hear ravenmore. Check this out as well - www.fbijobs.gov Looks like the closest IT vacancy we have to you is in Phoenix. Good luck in your search.
Funny you mention that...a really close friend of mine just got hired for an FBI job in Phoenix.

I hope you find something good soon, Raven.
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Keep your chin up buddy! I got the axe back in October and my new job is less stress with a good company that is only 4 miles from home. Relax and enjoy the holidays, using the time to polish up multiple versions of your resume...and then hit it hard come January 5 with the job boards and headhunters. I expect you'll find, as I did, that you get a lot of interviews and not a lot of serious competition...those that have jobs are holding on to them for dear life and not even giving the perception that they are looking, while many of those who don't have been looking quite a while and are considered not attractive for one reason or another. As the new meat on the market you might have an advantage for a short time...long enough to get you golden again. Good luck!
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The CIA is also hiring a lot if IT folks. But they require top-notch skillz and pay you about 1/2 of what you can get in the private sector. Good learning experience though and you get to play with fun toys. Don't lie on the application.
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Originally Posted by mrbubbles View Post
You're handling it a lot better than the guy who murdered his boss because he was laid off before Christmas.
It was funny when I was laid off - I had to console my boss, the HR director, and the division president. They were more upset I think than I was. They told me my performance had been exemplory but they had to make cuts. The HR director's voice was quivering throughout the entire meeting. I had felt the axe hovering over my kneck for weeks and had been busting my hump trying to do something to make them keep me. When I was finally cut it was almost cathartic.

I do network, desktop, and Cisco VOIP support, and yeah, this sector of IT is where the axe goes first. I've noticed developers tend to be the last cut and first hired. I've just never been too interested in programing.

I've actually thought about trying to pick up some work in photography. I got one gig already. If I could string some more together it would help things out quite a bit. Little problem there is that I'd just sold off my Nikon stuff because I wanted to switch systems (Canon most likely, but Pentax has been making some compelling gear lately). Obviously right now isn't a super great time to plunk down a chunk of change on new gear. I borrowed and rented gear for the 1 gig I got.
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