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Still not dead

Pirogoeth (662083) writes | more than 7 years ago

Businesses 7

The past two years (abridged version):

July, 2005: Unexpectedly laid off from my job of ten years. At least the company gave the 700 of us a nice severance package as well as some helpful job hunting resources, great for those of us who haven't had to write a resume in ten years.

January, 2006: Severance package runs out. Job market thin. Still searching.

March, 2006: Unemployment runs out. Still looking. Crap.

The past two years (abridged version):

July, 2005: Unexpectedly laid off from my job of ten years. At least the company gave the 700 of us a nice severance package as well as some helpful job hunting resources, great for those of us who haven't had to write a resume in ten years.

January, 2006: Severance package runs out. Job market thin. Still searching.

March, 2006: Unemployment runs out. Still looking. Crap.

May, 2006: Finally find a job temping with a local company which manufactures various cleaning, skin care, and storage products which you probably have in your home right now. I'm working for the regulatory department, which is interesting, but it involves sitting on my ass for eight hours a day. The pay is about a 40% cut from what I had been making before, but at least it's income. No opportunity for overtime, vacation pay, or sick time, though. On the plus side, there were fantastic discounts on products at the company store.

December, 2006: While perusing the job listings, I notice a position open at my old employer. After reading the description, I realize that it's for the lab I used to work in, using the technology that I spent seven years working on. I call up my old contacts there to find out, and sure enough, it turns out that the lab wasn't able to function with the skimpy staff and high-turnover temps that they were currently operating with. I let the current manager (who I originally interviewed and hired) know I was applying. He called up HR and specifically requested my resume. I was brought in for "interviews" which seemed to be merely a formality.

January, 2007: The division of the company I had applied to gets sold off to the healthcare division of a major light bulb manufacturer. I hear nothing more about the position and assume that a hiring freeze is in place. I sigh and start looking at the job postings again.

February, 2007: I get a phone call from the hiring manager asking if I was still interested. Duh. The next day I get a package from FedEx with the offer. They will hire me back at my previous pay rate, plus 4%, and I get to keep all my seniority, so I'm still vested, etc.

March, 2007: Start back to work. I take a look at the instrument which I was hired to run (which was currently inoperative and the tech who was currently operating it was at a loss of what to do) and have it working in less than an hour. I become a minor celebrity. Life is back to normal.

On the plus side, our third baby was born in April, 2005, so with the long time off work, I got to spend a lot more time with him than I did with Things One and Two. I can't believe he's going to be two in a couple weeks!

It's really weird being back here again. This would be an interesting psychological study; it didn't take long for all the muscle memory for entering data into all the different systems, walking the routes to various locations, etc. to come back to me. I just have strange moments every now and then when I come across something that was never there before or a place where I know there used to be something there, but is now gone.

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Dude (1)

SiliconJesus (1407) | more than 7 years ago | (#18574757)

Most of us moved to multiply while you were gone.

http://circularrefuge.multiply.com/ [multiply.com] for our group
http://siliconjesus.multiply.com/ [multiply.com] for me.

Question that maybe you can answer. (1)

lab16 (416283) | more than 7 years ago | (#18578657)

Your in the group, and so am I, but for some reason I am not seeing any of your posts on the main page. I have tried setting the options to include "all of the people in my network, but there seems to be no option for seeing every post by all group members. Is there any way to make it show me posts by all members of the group?

Re:Question that maybe you can answer. (1)

SiliconJesus (1407) | more than 7 years ago | (#18582749)

add me?

Re:Dude (1)

Pirogoeth (662083) | more than 7 years ago | (#18579485)

My account is set up: http://pirogoeth.multiply.com/ [multiply.com]

How do I join the group?

Re:Dude (1)

SiliconJesus (1407) | more than 7 years ago | (#18582559)

Sent you an invite.

glad to hear from you again (1)

robi2106 (464558) | more than 7 years ago | (#18576179)

pick up with us over at Multiply. Pictures, movies, customizable CSS for our layout, friends lists, deny lists, etc. Very handy. And few trolls. Then just come back here to hit up the front page.

Hit me up.... http://robi2106.multiply.com/ [multiply.com]

Similarly (1)

Degrees (220395) | more than 7 years ago | (#18591601)

I was let go without notice back in 2004. In 2005, they needed someone with my skill set, and ... I'm baaaaaaaaaack! ;-)

The nice thing is that management has changed for the better, and we are getting more work done now, in a more sane fashion.

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