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Down From The Door Where It Began

weather: partly cloudy
outside: 8°C
mood: blah
I've been laid off again.

Work was bought out by a much larger company that didn't want to keep the QA group. My last day was Thursday, February 24. We were told at noon, we headed out for beer and then went back to pack up our offices.

They were very apologetic, they'd been negotiating hard to keep everyone, but the larger company wouldn't have it. I believe them. I've never had reason to doubt them. They've treated me very very well in the three years I've been here and I absolutely do not begrudge them for this decision. Whether I'm on the winning end or losing end of it, the ability to make the hard decisions is one of the reasons I admire them so much.

It's a little sad. I loved my job. But, ah well. Onward.

I was given job leads, recommended to a few local companies and they said if I needed a reference I could use their contact info, so we'll see. I've already made contact at a few places and started looking, just because it could be a while before I find something. It would be really nice to not actually have to go until the end of the severance.

I have my eye on the dev house close by. They're NEAR PERFECT. They have a position that's EXACTLY what I want to do and it would be like a promotion or at least "a step up" (if only in title). A good portion of the posted job description is what I'm doing now.

They must have a bazillion and a half resumés to go through though. *sigh*

There's another company that sounds interesting. They're in the same building as The Big Corporate Ex-Work which is pretty far out there and in the opposite direction of downtown Vancouver, where userinfoHusband Guy works. I would take the car every day and he would have to bus it. But it's do-able and there is someone I know at that company.

There are a few other leads for companies that are in the finance industry but who are building their IT departments.

(+) they would put me closer to where Husband Guy works.
(–) parking is insanely expensive in that area of downtown because they're right by the water.
(+) they are stable companies... although, what exactly does that mean in this day and age?
(–) I'm a bit wary of having non-technical senior management calling the shots.
(+) one of the companies has a strong technical guy at the helm, so I'm a little less worried about that one, but still...

I've also applied for employment insurance benefits right away just because I have no idea how long it will take to kick in (the EI office operates at the breakneck velocity of molasses running uphill). And if I don't need it, I'm sure they won't have a problem NOT paying me.

There was also the thought of not working in IT anymore. I don't know if I'm still buzzing and panicking from the layoff, but I have no idea what else I could do and this hardly feels like the time to do soul searching.

*bigsigh* Wish me luck at Dev House Close By...


Thank you, everyone, for all the kind thoughts, comments and support. You guys are wonderful =)



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Feb. 26th, 2005 04:08 am (UTC)
I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Good luck!
Feb. 26th, 2005 04:27 am (UTC)
Thanks =)
Feb. 26th, 2005 04:18 am (UTC)

good luck

what is "Employment Insurance"?

"Not IT" always sounds like a good idea but i have no idea what :(
Feb. 26th, 2005 04:24 am (UTC)
what is "Employment Insurance"?

You pay a monthly fee for Employment Insurance and when you lose your job or go on extended medical leave, maternity leave, or whatever, the government will pay you a portion of your regular salary to help tide you over until you are employed again.
Feb. 26th, 2005 04:22 am (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear. :( Smart move though, applying for EI right away. I've been told it can take forever and a day.

Good luck on your next venture though. I hope your leads pan out!
Feb. 26th, 2005 04:28 am (UTC)
Thank you =)
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Feb. 26th, 2005 04:41 am (UTC)
Thanks =)
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Feb. 26th, 2005 04:53 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think I'm still a bit panicky and wanting for the next paycheque, so my brain is zeroing in on updating the resumé, writing cover letters and general jobhunting stuff right now.

Thanks =) And I grant you "I told you so" rights when I'm working again and pining for something else =D
Feb. 26th, 2005 04:56 am (UTC)
All the best of luck.
Feb. 26th, 2005 04:56 am (UTC)
Thank you =)
Feb. 26th, 2005 05:14 am (UTC)
Oh man! I am keeping my fingers crossed for you.
Feb. 26th, 2005 05:15 am (UTC)
=) Thanks.
Feb. 26th, 2005 05:19 am (UTC)
Good luck with Dev House Closeby - it sounds like a good deal!

There's a time for soul searching and the big questions, but it really sounds like now's not it, with good prospects right at hand....

Best of luck!
Feb. 26th, 2005 05:20 am (UTC)
Thank you =)
Feb. 26th, 2005 05:54 am (UTC)
Company I contract at might be hiring QA / tech writer types still. I'll check into it.
Feb. 26th, 2005 05:55 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear. But I know, out of all people, you will have luck finding something even better. :) Best wishes on getting what you want! Good luck and I'll think positive thoughts for you.

- A
Feb. 26th, 2005 06:13 am (UTC)
awww. that's sad news. =(

good luck with the job search!
Feb. 26th, 2005 08:59 am (UTC)
a breakneck molasses-running-uphill speed

LOL (literally!)

And good luck with your job prospects.
Feb. 26th, 2005 10:55 am (UTC)
Eek! Good luck with the job hunting.
Feb. 26th, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC)
Good luck in finding a new job!
Feb. 26th, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC)
Awwww ... good luck. --Ray
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