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    Dunno What Forum To Put This In...

    So I am going to put it here.

    I found out today I am getting laid off from the job I have held for the last ten years. I will get paid to do nothing for the next four weeks, but after that, sorry.

    I have never been unemployed and I have no idea how to handle it.

    Feels gay as shit even posting this on a forum, but I sure as shit am not putting it on Facebook where errbody can see.

    I am in a pretty big state of shock.

    Just looking for some tips, pointers and feedback if anyone else has been there. I never have.

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    First of all, that sucks. Sorry to hear it.

    Second, you only get four weeks unemployment or is that severance?

    If it is severance pay then I'd look into filing for unemployment ASAP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BipolarFan View Post
    First of all, that sucks. Sorry to hear it.

    Second, you only get four weeks unemployment or is that severance?

    If it is severance pay then I'd look into filing for unemployment ASAP.
    Nah, nah.

    That is severance.

    I am so new to it, I have no idea when I can actually file.

    I am hopeful I won't have to, but realistically I will eventually.

    Like I said, never been through that process.

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    That sucks and I hate to hear that.

    I've not ever been laid off, but I was a Realtor from 2005 to up when the market crashed in late 2008, and in a market like that if you have no sales, you have zero income. Add to it, it was near impossible to find a job for me because my technical experience gained in the Navy was useless without a security clearance (which had expired a year prior). I had no direct work experience in my bachelors field of study (Computer Info Systems), and despite whoring my resume out there, the only people contacting me for interviews were other commission only sales jobs, which I wanted to avoid.

    Long story short, I can empathize. How I dealt with it was I had to swallow my pride big time. An old navy friend had a brother who owned a small construction company. Only paid $11 an hour but I could work as many hours a week as I wanted. I did that and still worked with a few remaining clients on small home purchases to get by as much as I could. Eventually he ran out of projects and I gave up on the real estate thing. I contacted a temp agency, and landed an office job. Busted my ass and made a good impression, and after a few months was given full time job supervising a small department. That job sent me to a retarded leadership conference where by pure luck I networked with a guy who ultimately helped me get my start in my current position where I make way more money than I should considering my disjointed work history.

    So my advice is simply to:

    • Swallow your pride - you might have to work jobs you think are below you. I didn't mind the construction job but for whatever reason I thought the temp agency was 'below me.'
    • Network
    • When given opportunities, bust your ass

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    Quote Originally Posted by midswat View Post

    So my advice is simply to:

    • Swallow your pride - you might have to work jobs you think are below you. I didn't mind the construction job but for whatever reason I thought the temp agency was 'below me.'
    • Network
    • When given opportunities, bust your ass
    Yeah, I get what you are saying and I appreciate the tips.

    What is bad about what I have done for what is a small privately owned company for the past ten years is not all that transferable.

    I did a lot of things for them and got compensated very well.

    Now I do my research and I see people carrying titles I had before getting paid dirt for basically the same thing.

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    Sorry to hear about that. I'll be transitioning from the military in roughly 7 months, so I'll have the arduous task of looking for a "real" job myself in the not so distant future.

    This week I've been attending a week long transition course that's required for all transitioning military members. The best advice that I can offer you comes from a couple of the course instructors who happen to have past experience working in the Department of Labor. If you haven't done so already, get your Linked In account up to date as quickly as possible and make connections to put feelers out there. Spring for the premium access as well. Apparently 93% of talent acquisition specialists use Linked In for hiring purposes. They made it sound as if that's the biggest thing to do when searching for jobs, followed by conducting thorough research of the company and position that you're interested in.

    Also, I seem to remember you mentioning that you worked HR in some capacity. I'd use whatever tips and tricks that you can glean from the talent acquisition personnel at your current office to get a leg up and make yourself stand out during your future job search.

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    Sucks, Booze.

    Assuming you want to stay in the same profession/industry and get working ASAP, my #1 advice is get your network going, regardless of what dept they work in. Just have your peeps reach out to the desired dept you work and ask if they are hiring. Even If they aren’t, ask for a personal favor and see if you take the hiring manager out for lunch/coffee to ask what advice they have - hot jobs, companies, what skills to highlight, trends, etc.

    Dont sign any non-compete forms, or any form for that matter, in exchange for your severance w/o having a lawyer review it first. They let you go, bullshit if they say you can’t work for a competitor.

    Get your LinkedIn profile going. Hiring managers are likely to check you out here.

    Possible for company to continue you as a contractor after your four weeks are up? Could buy you more time with some income.

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    I appreciate the tips @1bigfan13 and @pdom

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    And goddamn, I feel so gay for posting this.

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    You said you’ve been there for ten years. Thats gotta count for something. Get as high as you can - owner, Dept head or President - and ask them for a personal favor for at least one referral to one of their peers. Don’t take no for an answer. Ten years a s a good employee and all you’re asking for is to put you in touch with one of their powerful buddies that might have a job.

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