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Time to brush up the CV

We had a sudden, unexpected, mandatory meeting at work today. Speculation was buzzing through the center; every single person in the entire building was required to be there, *and* they were calling people to come in on their day off.

Those of us who had been there long enough already knew it meant layoffs. This is what happened two years ago. And boy, we called it.

I had posted on my Twitter when I noticed the meeting notication and heard the speculation start, wondering if we would have a job an hour from now. When I came back to my desk after the annoucements, I went to update my Twitter. And the BASTARDS had locked out everything. Twitter. Facebook. Live Journal. Insane Journal. My Space. Every social networking and blogging site I thought to try brought up a "Blocked by the network" error.

They were making damn sure that we weren't able to post anything publically about it until the official release went to the media.

Like there weren't 300 cellphones in the room that people could use to update via text applications.

Well. In any case, it wasn't that I didn't see it coming - it's just that I hoped it wasn't coming for a while yet. I kinda like having a steady income and this sucks hard.

I do have a job till August 7th. And I went over to hsifyppah's place tonight - she fed my Lumberjack Smoothies to help easy the pain and looked at my severance pack because I couldn't make heads or tails of it - and she thinks it looks like they're giving me a decent deal, so that's better than a kick in the pants I guess.

I think I'm still a little stunned because I was really hoping that this job would last at least 5 years. I wanted my damn sabbatical! Eh. What can you do?

Start job hunting, I guess.

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the_cephalopod
May. 6th, 2009 08:30 am (UTC)
Oh, that's rough - I'm so sorry! Still, I am sure you will land on your feet & at least you've got some time to get something else sorted. *hugs* Oh, and did you get the DW invite I sent you a few days ago? It went to your telus account... cep xxx
mystic_winds
May. 6th, 2009 09:55 am (UTC)
*hugs*
garneteve
May. 6th, 2009 10:09 am (UTC)
**serious hugs**
I got made redundant early '08 due to my store closing where I worked. It's an awful feeling to know you're not going to have a job after a certain time. With my payout, they did the average of the last 4 years at the company and multiplied it by 3 months, so say 20 hours per week by 3 months (12 weeks), and that was my payout. I also had vacation pay, but money doesn't mean a whole lot when you're looking at employment in this world recession.
I wish you the best of luck.
scarlettgirl
May. 6th, 2009 11:46 am (UTC)
I am so sorry to hear this! I hope you find something fabulous soon.
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fenchurche
May. 6th, 2009 12:35 pm (UTC)
Aw man... that sucks! At least you've got a good long time to find something else, though. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!
cindergal
May. 6th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
Ugh, that sucks. I'm glad at least you have some time to look for something else. ::hugs::
enigmaticblues
May. 6th, 2009 01:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, man. I'm so sorry to hear that. Good luck finding a new job.
u_must_b_joking
May. 6th, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
Hugs
Enough bad news for one week doncha think.
sp23
May. 6th, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)
Aw, damn, that sucks! I hope you find a job soon. (((hugs)))
morgannac64
May. 6th, 2009 01:47 pm (UTC)
I just heard on the news and my first thought was of you and hoping you didn't still work there.

That is tough. Hopefully it will work out for you.

Hugs
spikewriter
May. 6th, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
I was so sorry when I saw the Twitter - it sucks.

Having been there last year (even if my job ended up not being eliminated after all), all I can say is staying positive the best thing you can do for yourself -- and one of the hardest. You've got a network of friends who care and who are here to support you; don't forget that.
sgamadison
May. 6th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's a tough break--especially now when you are still dealing with the loss of your friend. Wish I could offer something constructive beside commiseration. :-(
alsogater
May. 6th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
So sorry to hear the bad news. Been there, made it back - twice in 2002 and 2004. But things are so terrible right now in the economy it isn't going to be easy. Hang in there and take as much from them as you can get and squirrel it away.

{{{{more hugs}}}}
shadowe_wraithe
May. 6th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
I will keep a candle lit for the right job to come along well before you actually have to have it. Sometimes opportunity arises with things like this...been there (a few years ago) and you will end up in a better place that you are now, though it is a bit rough sometimes getting there, in the end it is worth it.

Love, Hugs and Blessings,
Shadowe
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