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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...

[Update]

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

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scott_wells
Feb. 26th, 2005 02:58 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, I'm sorry... Good luck with the development house. If there's anything I can do... well... I doubt there is, but still the offer is there. :)
rcantilles
Feb. 26th, 2005 03:09 pm (UTC)
ouch. You wake up in the morning, go to work, and by the end of the day suddenly are out of a job. That must put you in a very odd headspace. :( Best of luck finding a new job! (maybe you should become a wedding planner!)
trigeekgirl
Feb. 26th, 2005 04:56 pm (UTC)
I am quite confident in your ability to find a job soon, simply because you're just that spiffy, but I'll wish you good luck anyway. :)
rettstatt
Feb. 26th, 2005 05:09 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear it, but it will probably lead to something better. You seem to be in a good location for IT work, if you decide to stick with it (btw, what would you do if you decided to give up IT?)

But don't do what I did and waste your severance and unemployment time. I had a good severance package at my last layoff and didn't use the time wisely, other than spending a month in Shanghai, which I certainly don't regret.

bride
Feb. 26th, 2005 07:33 pm (UTC)
btw, what would you do if you decided to give up IT?

When I was laid off three years ago, I was still running on my wedding high, so I thought I might seriously look into that. Wedding planning, itself, is something that interests me a lot, but I'm not sure how I could bring myself to charge anyone for essentially being a glorified To-Do List.

More recently, I've had an interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine. I had said that if I didn't have to work, or if I could retire, this is what I might like to do. I think I will use this layoff as a push to find out more about how to get certified or what options there are. Because I _do_ have the advantage of being fluent in English as well as Mandarin and Cantonese... and I'd be able to relate to North American people, culture and lifestyles.

I'm not entirely confident of the income it would bring in though. I think I'd have to be in business for myself and that's a daunting thought to me right now.

... thanks for listening =)
drsaddam
Feb. 26th, 2005 05:51 pm (UTC)
So sorry to hear this, Jade. :( I've been there before and did work in QA whitebox testing for a while.

I hope your next position will be a refreshing change and chance to try new things!
cat_irix
Feb. 26th, 2005 06:02 pm (UTC)
Good luck ! and may your new job will be even better than the old one :)
kat_box
Feb. 27th, 2005 03:25 am (UTC)
WTF?
Guess that's what I get for not paying closer attention here.

I'm with the group who all think you will not have a problem getting work. I know you're a very smart woman and you will find something you *want* to be doing.

Lots of {{{job vibes}}} coming your way. :)
bride
Feb. 27th, 2005 03:38 am (UTC)
Re: WTF?
Thanks, sweetie =) *HUGS*
amarins
Feb. 27th, 2005 10:05 pm (UTC)
Wishing you good luck, and sending good vibes! Last time when I was looking for a job I ended up with 4 good options to choose from (4 companies wanted me, yay!). So I'm sending some of that good luck to you!
bride
Feb. 27th, 2005 10:20 pm (UTC)
Wow! I hope so =) Thank you =)
shirleywl
Feb. 28th, 2005 02:00 am (UTC)
i am sorry to hear that.. However, do not feel dismay, treat that as a stepping stone to move on to better pastures ahead. It will not be as bad afterall. i had been laid off before and now i am in a much better job as compared to the company i had been laid off from. Now then i realised, there is no such thing as a perm job *sob*
jidabug
Feb. 28th, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about that. I'm sure you'll find something really awesome soon.
lovesroses
Mar. 2nd, 2005 03:01 pm (UTC)
job hunting
I know I have not always been up to speed, but please keep me posted. I think of you so often.
bride
Mar. 2nd, 2005 04:11 pm (UTC)
Re: job hunting
Thank you =)
fazia
Mar. 2nd, 2005 10:31 pm (UTC)
> I've been laid off again.

Argh!! My sympathies. Dang.
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