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Bummer, I got laid offTig
Feb 28, 2002 3:12 PM
I expected this to happen in a few months when the company sold off our division, but they couldn't wait to RIF 800 of us. Times are tough, and it was just a matter of time. Luckily the job market for IT people isn't as bad as it sounds. They will give a decent severance package of 1 week of pay per each 6 months of service, so that gives me time to get something else.

It also gives me valuable time to ride during the weekdays! I need some serious riding to get in better shape for the season.

I believe that sometimes in order for a door to open, another one must first close. The only tough part is not knowing the when or what.

I'm not looking for sympathy. Hell no! Just need to vent a little and let those other here who have lost jobs lately that they are not alone.
Feb 28, 2002 5:00 PM
Sorry hear it Tig. Trust me you're not the only one out there. A women I'm dating was laid off on Monday. She went shopping for a mountain bike today and wants to run off to Moab w/ me! Could be marriage material ;-) Anyway, good luck w/ the job hunt but don't forget to enjoy your days off. You can ride during the day and surf in the evening now! I got laid off Dec 2000 and spent 3-4 days/week snowboarding. Best season ever! Found a job about 3 months later. It's a little tougher out there now though. Keep us posted!
Good luckbianchi boy
Feb 28, 2002 8:21 PM
I had the same thing happen about 5 years ago and it was a blessing in disguise. I hated my job and had been actively searching for another one for 3 years. After I got laid off, I found a much better job about 2 weeks later. My only regret was that I wish I had a little more time to screw off between jobs, but it's hard enjoying yourself with that hanging over your head.
Don't worry, Tigger, I'll buy your bikeWoof the dog
Mar 1, 2002 1:59 AM
how much?

Woof, the garage sale dog
Hey, I'm not THAT needy! ;o)Tig
Mar 1, 2002 7:09 AM
I just paid off my new frame yesterday, so I'll have the old one sitting around mostly bare of its parts until I upgrade the new frame and have some leftovers to move back to it. The old Trek will become a rain bike. It's too big for my wife. No, I won't sell it unless I have to! It wouldn't bring much, even on Ebay.

I planned on a ride today, but the rain is hitting hard right now. I'm a wimp!

Tig, the not yet needy bouncer
Warning! Sappy little platitude inside!cory
Mar 1, 2002 9:13 AM
Sorry to hear's happened to me twice, and it's always a shock. For what it's worth, though, I can honestly say it worked out for the best both times. First time I lost a job I loved, but it was in a place I hated and the new one took me to a city I wanted to live in. The second time I lost a job I hated and, four months later, got one I've enjoyed for 20+ years. Good luck in the search, but enjoy the spring.
Mar 1, 2002 10:29 AM
IT is going good now. Hope you get a week or so off before your next gig. I have been looking since our company did some changes. For 4 years I hardly had any time off and spent much of my time covering for people who would leave early or take 1.5 hour lunches. They all received raises and bonuses too. Like what you said about those feet and doors.
my sympathylonefrontranger
Mar 1, 2002 11:59 AM
looks like I'll have to take a McJob for about 40% of what I'm worth just to pay the bills.

Oh well, I'm a decent bike mechanic. Maybe I can wrench 'on the side' as it were.

$400,000 still not that bad though ;-)js5280
Mar 1, 2002 12:40 PM
A women cyclist is worth at least a million in my book ;-) What's your background? I have a number of friends looking for work here in the Boulder/Denver area so sometimes I hear about open postions. Unfortuantely no positions where I'm at now (very small company). Please tell me you haven't ridden your your bike outdoors in the last 12 hours. If so, I think you might have a problem. No snow in Moab though, I might go there next weekend. :-)
I wish! :-)lonefrontranger
Mar 1, 2002 1:56 PM
Thanks for the sentiment, it means a lot.

background = pretty high-level administrative assistant (director / VP level) with 10 or so years' experience & a lot of advanced software skills. I've got desktop publishing, graphic design and hardware/software network support experience. Worked as an assistant mgr at a bike shop for a while, too.

Thanks for the tip! E-mail me: if you're interested in networking or just doing a 'cross ride sometime. Thanks to the minor blizzard we're experiencing I went snowshoeing today, not riding!

I refuse to sell the Colnagos, even if it means I have to stand out on the streets of Boulder with a little cardboard sign with all the other bums :-P
Mar 1, 2002 2:56 PM
I would pay someone $10,000 to be a surrogate baby carrier right about now. Only a 16 week contract. :-P
OK I'll do it...........Len J
Mar 1, 2002 5:14 PM
unless the requirements are gender specific :)

My first wife would say at this point;

But isn't preganancy a meaningful experience for a woman?

Trying to think of othe pregnancy cliches' but drawing a blank.

I'll do it for a million-five and no less (nm)Kristin
Mar 4, 2002 11:46 AM
I can see it now. . .js5280
Mar 4, 2002 8:30 AM
On a windy spring day in Boulder, a Colnago w/ a sign in back reading "Will pull for dough" ;-)

I'll drop you an email w/ some of my contacts.
Yikes, sorry to hear thatKristin
Mar 4, 2002 11:45 AM
I'm in the same spot. My division was sold too, and several positions have been eliminated already. They announced that we are moving from Notes (my job) to Exchange, so I expect my job to be filtered. You're post reminded me that I should get ready now incase the bad news comes sooner rather than later. Really, its not bad news at all! I've been thinking about leaving anyway. But hey, I might as well hang around and see if they will pay me to look for a new gig.

Glad to hear that the IT industry is still fairly open. Hmmm...perhaps California is on the horizon! Is the grass green in California right now? Ours is under a blanket of white.

get letters of recommendation NOW!Tig
Mar 4, 2002 1:07 PM
Sometimes a boss will be told that they can't send you a letter of recommendation after you have been terminated due to legal limitations. It then falls under the same laws preventing a past employer providing more than title, start date, end date, and salary. That doesn't apply while you are still employed though, so take advantage now! Also, make sure you print out any atta' boys and performance eval's. Anything you have worth keeping in your email should be forwarded to your home email and printed as well. You never have time to do any of this on D-day.

Funny, but I'm an Exchange guy, not Notes.
Yikes, sorry to hear thatgwilliams
Mar 5, 2002 11:19 AM
In the division of the company I work in Lotus Notes is a big deal. These positions would be in the Washington D.C area.