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Back in the Market

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

I was laid off today along with 2 other co-workers that I know of. I believe my bosses when they say it was a business decision. They didn’t have anywhere to use me. The last 2 projects I was supposed to work on ending up getting postponed by the client. Lately, I’ve been working on an internal project, which doesn’t make the company any money. Unfortunately, I’m one of the least experienced people in the office (I have over 7 years under my belt), so I guess it’s easier to get rid of me. The guys that I know were laid off are all pretty young.

It all came as a total shock. I assumed that they would find another project for me to work on. There was a mention of this happening soon less than a week ago. So it was a big surprise when I was told that I was being let go and that my network access would be turned off today.

I was about a week away from closing on a new home. Right before I got the bad news, I was on the phone speaking with my real estate agent about the signing and a few minutes before that I was getting the last piece of info the lender needed. Unless, I can find a new job by Monday (today is Thursday), I’m probably going to lose the house.

I am very disappointed. It was the best, most fun job I’ve ever had. I had so much flexibility and I related to my co-workers well. I felt like I was able to express myself without worrying about people thinking I was weird. My next job is going to be compared to this one and I’m not sure it’ll stack up well. They said they might be able to bring me back sometime down the road, but I can’t really wait on that. I’m sure everything will work out fine and I’ll bounce back. I’m grateful for the opportunity and the valuable experience.

Time for another adventure. Thanks to referrals from friends, I have a few calls lined up tomorrow. Tonight, one of the 2 others guys who were laid off is coming over and there will be much alcohol consumed.

  • Rosie Gleeson

    Hi Willie,

    Sorry to hear about your job. It sucks I know.

    I was in a similar position last year. I’m really qualified and really good at a job nobody wants to pay me to do.

    I’ve a young family so I’m taking a career break, but I hope the right thing comes up for you soon.

    Chin up brother.

  • William,

    To put it bluntly: this sucks. The fact it was a total surprise/shock, oh, makes me sick just thinking about it. After 25 years, I got my walking papers in late 2011. But I had felt like is was imminent for the past year or two, so it oddly didn’t bother me as much as perhaps it should have at the time.

    Hopefully you’re in a field and have enough experience and enthusiasm to land a decent position once more. Definitely rooting for you, man!

  • @Rosie Gleeson Thanks, Rosie!

  • @Scot Thanks, Scot. I’m a software engineer, and everyone assures me that with my experience I won’t be jobless for long. I hope they’re right. And my full name isn’t William, it’s Willie 🙂

  • I’m so sorry to hear about this, Willie. Someone else I am close with got similarly bad news on Friday. I hope your next adventure doesn’t just meet expectations, but exceeds them. Best of luck and please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help you.

  • @Colleen Thanks, Colleen!