I’ve always said that you know the situation is bad if you’re called into a meeting and both your supervisor and the head of HR are attending.
That was exactly the case today. I was just about to grab my things and head out to lunch and my boss came by to ask me if I could meet with him for a moment. My first thought was “Am I in trouble?” but couldn’t think of anything I’d done recently to piss anyone off. (actually I’ve been on my best behavior for the most part lately, trying to be a better role model employee and all that … pity)
I sat down at the table and could read the upside-down print on the paper being held by one of the HR people sitting across from me. I read the word “severance” and knew instantly that this wasn’t a good thing. Sure enough, the division has started another round of cutbacks and I’m one of them. I don’t remember much about what all was said to me, but I think I understood most of it.
I remember what irritated me the most: my name was misspelled on the documents. I commented that I knew I was low on the totem pole because half the division could never learn (or make the effort) to spell my name properly. I was assured that wasn’t the case, this was not a reflection of my work, et cetera, et cetera, …
It still stings though. And to be honest, when the state started cutting back last year and then the hiring freeze came, and then they said no raises or bonuses, et. al., I knew that a “low level” position like mine (as compared to the rest of my department) could possibly be cut.
So now here I am … again. Jobless. Feeling a little down, yes, but trying not to be.
I’m sitting here looking over my resume, but honestly I keep thinking about all the designs I did for them that will probably never be used — I really wish I had had the chance to back them up on disk first! :(
Oh well, at least ONE of my designs are on a public site, and I can put that on my resume.
So … anyone who had my work email address, please email my gmail or nickifaulk.com address from now on.
Oh … and I need a job. :down_tb:
I’m so sorry honey! You haz talent, I know you’ll land on your feet.
Thank you, dear, I really appreciate that.
That bites. Trust me, I know the feeling.
Hi Wade, thanks for stopping by!
Sorry for your lay off. It bites. What are your skill sets? We seem to be forever looking for a warm body to fill the seat of the ever revolving secretary. The latest hasn’t been let go but I bet if they could find someone better…that comes to work…and on time, they would jump at it.
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I’m a web designer, so X/HTML, CSS, some graphic design, maintaining existing and creating new websites, … I can get you a proper resume if your company can use me.
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ouch! the way they sprung it on you isn’t that nice but you’ll rebound I’m sure.
Hi Jane, thanks, I appreciate that!
You’re an awesome person and a great designer. I’m certain that a better opportunity is on its way to you!
You’re in my prayers!
Thank you, sweetie, I really appreciate that!
oh crap :(
That sucks. I’m terrified every day I’ll be next.
Thankfully you seem to have a wonderfully supportive husband. I’ll sure you’ll land on your feet quickly.
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Thanks, Scott! Yeah, Jim’s been great. I have a few leads, so hopefully I’ll find something soon.
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Nicki, I’m so sorry to hear this. I hope they gave you a nice severance. If you want to email your resume to me I will be happy to talk to anyone & everyone I know who might can help.
I will keep you in my prayers.
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Hi Julie, thanks! I’ll fire off an email to you in a little bit.
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I canâ€™t offer you a job that someone with your skills deserves because what I need and canâ€™t even afford is someone to care for my yard, pool, and garden. The best I can offer is a few sympathetic HUGS and my best wishesâ€¦.PLUS the thought that sometimes the deepest darkness comes just before the dawn of a beautiful day with new and better opportunities. BEST WISHES!!!
Thanks, Don, I really appreciate that!
Dang, sorry Nicki. You do great work, so I have to believe you’d be a top candidate wherever you apply. I look forward to hearing about what’s next in your life!
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Thank you, Rick. :)
Nicki, I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been laid-off. I’ve been laid-off since August 2008. It really sucks because it was my first job in a new field that I had gone into debt(for school) to get into it! And to add insult to injury, they kept a less qualified person and later regretted it! Can you say “Sweet irony”? Of course, they never did call me back, but that’s they’re loss!
Any way, Good Luck and trust that He will put you where you need to be!:)
Godspeed to you and yours. :)
I’m so sorry to hear that :( I’ve been laid back before and it has always been a horrifying experience. You seem to be handling it pretty well – and that’s good. I’m sure you’ll find something soon!
I’ll email you if I find anything that would suit you (from the little I know about you so far ;))
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Sorry Nicki. Something will come up, even in this stinky ass economy.