Monday, January 04, 2010

So THIS is what a statistic feels like

Well folks... it's finally happened. I've been lamenting and prognosticating about this since last May, and now my worst fears have been realized. Today my company laid me off after 13 years. Happy New Year to me.

I don't really have a whole lot to add at this time but I just wanted to let you know in case you're wondering why I'm not around so much these next few weeks. As you can imagine, I'm not quite feeling very inspired to write anything clever right now. As well, I've got some serious job hunting to do and will be spending all my free time trying to get off unemployment.

In the meantime... I'll take any thoughts, prayers, crossed fingers/toes/eyes, good luck charms and magic spells you might have up your sleeves. Even better... I'll take any job information you might know about.

And don't worry about me - we're gonna be ok. I'm still just a little shell-shocked by the whole experience. This is the first time in my entire adult life that I've been without a job. And I gotta tell you, it ain't a good feeling.

39 comments:

Debra said...

That so seriously bites.

I hope you find a new job right away, and would be happy to make you a good luck charm. If it doesn't actually bring luck, well, at least it's decorative...

Idaho Dad said...

Sorry to hear this. I'll be thinking all sorts of good thoughts for you. Best of luck!

PatKG said...

sorry, Jeff. Been there, done that, myself. It's no fun at all. You'll get through it. Take advantage of any services offered you through the state. That's what you've been paying taxes for all these years!

carlae said...

Jeff you're awesome, it won't take long for you to get back in the proverbial saddle.

Dave2 said...

Sorry to hear the bad news. I know you'll find a new job, so Ill just wish you the best of luck in finding a new job that you love. :-)

Dan said...

I'm sorry Jeff. Hope something comes up for you soon.

Mom Thumb said...

Many thoughts and prayers to you and your wonderful family.

Mooselet said...

Awww man, that blows. I'm so sorry, and will keep my fingers and toes crossed for you.

Kathy said...

I had a sick feeling when I read your post title. I'm so sorry. I'm crossing everything for you. And I do mean everything.

Paul said...

I hope something turns up for you soon. Bleh.

Sandy said...

I am so very, very sorry Jeff. Are you only interested in the St. Cloud area? I can email you info for Mayo/IBM openings here in Rochester if you're interested.

JD at I Do Things said...

Oh, damn. I'm really sorry, Jeff.

I know you guys will be fine, and you'll find an even better job, but there's no way around the fact that this sucks. I know the feeling of being out of a job, and it's no fun.

Good thoughts and prayers are speeding your way. Take all the time you need. We'll all be here.

Anonymous said...

sit on your unemployment--13 years, you've got some time coming!
I did that once--really helped me to get the job I loved--(actuallly my job still!) dont go rushing into anything--trust me!
In reality, I think you really got let go so you could gather sympahty from your bloggers--some people will do anything for attention!
Love Ya! sis

Ed said...

Wow. Here's to a short process.

Oh, and wear pants to the interviews!

April said...

I'm so sorry, Jeff. Crossing my fingers and toes, thinking good thoughts, and sending best wishes.

Shieldmaiden96 said...

November 2, 2006. I remember the date so clearly because it was my mother's birthday and I forced myself to be cheerful when I called her so I wouldn't ruin it. Of course, when I told her I'd been laid off four days later she said, "I KNEW it! I KNEW something was wrong!" I am apparently not a good actor.

I had worked for the company 12 years. I racked up untold unpaid overtime. I travelled, trained, collected certifications for the most boring crap imaginable, and gave 115%.

Don't feel weird if it feels like a death. I didn't expect to have to grieve. I worked full time every summer and starting the Monday after I graduated from college so being unemployed was a completely odd experience.
But it only lasted two months. I was hired at the first place I interviewed.

Maureen said...

Holy crap Jeff... I am so sorry to hear this.

As you may recall, hubby was laid off LAST January; on my mother's birthday (I remember because we were taking her out that night and like Shieldmaiden, had to put on a smile so we wouldn't ruin her night with the news). He is employed again, but I tell you, it was hard on us all; emotionally, not financially.

But you have mad skillz and are a wonderful person so I just know something good is out there for you.

Fingers (and everything else) crossed for you. Take care and let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

rick said...

I forgot, you get unemployment. Are you crazy, you get to have at least a years paid vacation. Then you get extentions. Ride this baby down easy street for as long as you can, and spend all your new found free-time with the kids. Believe me, you can get used to it real fast. Regis starts at 9:00.

rick said...

My word verification just now was butfuc.

Elizabeth said...

13 years? Wow, that's a long time! You will be in our prayers that a great new job comes along quickly!!
How is your Virus Stompers buisness going? I bet that keeps you busy!

Jeff said...

debra - Ooh... good luck bling! I'll take it. Thanks!

idaho dad - I appreciate that. Thanks Phil. :-)

pat - Well, the first advantage I'll take is unemployment benefits. Even if they are a fraction of what I used to earn.

carlae - No, YOU'RE awesome for saying so. Thanks!

dave2 - Thanks Dave, I appreciate that. Finding a job I love will be key. After 13 years I was pretty burnt out on my old one so it will actually be kind of refreshing to move on to a new opportunity.

dan - Thanks Dan. I'm not against moving to England so keep your eyes open for me...
Ok, that's not entirely true. I was just looking for a way to be part of your walk this summer. But damn... I WANT TO JOIN YOU GUYS!!!

mom thumb - Thanks much Linda. Hey, tell Randy we need to get together to have a Yamaha family reunion. I think he has my motorcycle's twin brother.

mooselet - Thank you so much. I'm glad you have such flexible toes!

kathy - Thanks for all your crossings. You're the best!

paul - "Bleh" indeed. Thanks for the nice wishes.

sandy - No, I'm interested in any location. We are at the point now where we can relocate reasonably easily. Please, send me whatever you've got. Thanks!

jd - Thanks JD... you're awesome.

sis - Damn, you've outed me. I know it was a pretty elaborate stunt, but getting sympathy from all these amazing people is awesome.

ed - Excellent advice. Not wearing pants to a prior interview may have been a mistake.

april - Thank you! I'll take everything you got. :-)

shieldmaiden96 - Great story, thanks for sharing that. Now I know why I got let go... I only gave one hundred and TEN percent. ;-)

maureen - Thank you. And I'm so glad your hubby is back on the payroll. So you're saying you had to reduce down to only 4 trips to the MOA last year then? (har har)

rick - Well, the money isn't as much as you'd think. It's basically survival change, but with Charli going to full time, it should be enough to feed the family and keep the lights on.

elizabeth - Thanks Elizabeth. Virus Stompers is more of a hobby than an actual profitable business, but it IS in the black, so that's something!

bon bon said...

i've been on unemployment now for five months. been out of work longer then that because i had a severance. (was there 10+ years.) i'm happier now. i was spending 40% of my day in meetings, reworking graphics for people who had no creative marketing skills. baaaah.

when one door closes, another one opens, right? you and i survived the 80's, afterall! ;o)

Heather said...

I'm sorry Jeff. It's disheartening to have been a loyal employee and get thrown under the bus.

If I or Craig hear of anything we'll be sure to pass on info.

Bill said...

The three good jobs are Federal, State. and Local. They are always expanding, especially in Washington. Your last name could land you a good job in China.

VE said...

Despite my blog persona...I too got laid off for the first time last May after having worked since I was 13. I know how you feel.

Remember, 80% of jobs are through networking. Get out of the house and start meeting with people once you hone in on what you want to do.

I'm finally taking the time to use all the job placement benefits I got from my company. The company they chose was a good one and even if I never work for another person again, I'm glad I'm going through the process.

Sorry to hear that, Jeff. You know I have ideas if you want to pursue the entrepeneural route...

Michelle said...

Ugh, so sorry, Jeff. That can't be a good feeling, but I know you'll land on your feet. Fingers, toes and nose crossed for you!

Tara R. said...

I know how you feel, I was 'let go' back in October. It's a real blog kill for writing snappy, peppy posts. Good luck with the new job hunt.

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*lynne* said...

oh yikes, what a way to start the new year. I'm sending positive vibes your way, here's hoping for a successful job hunt!

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

I still have a job, but last week, out of the blue, my boss said: "I'm cutting your hours for a few months, OK?" Me and three others. Nice...could have given me a little more warning.

We'll be thinking and praying (praying works...crossing fingers? Not so much).

Anonymous said...

It seems to me you have forgotton what is important here--ok, so you lost your job...but the rest of us need to have something witty, and interesting to read each morning! Enough about you and the fact your life is upside down, give us some witty writings--what? You dont feel like it? Too bad..this is not about you anymore! You've had two days to process all of this, now get on it!
Take care, little brother!-Love ya-sis!

Roger said...

Having gone through this five years ago, I know how it feels. Put your faith in the Lord - oh and Monster.com - and things will work out for the best in the end.

In the meantime, moght I suggest that you use this free time to work on a book of your exploits with Gabe, or anything you can think of. You never know, you might have a masterpiece waiting to be written, and now you have a little time to do it. You have the talent, and now you have some extra time.

Keep the faith, my friend, as it will all turn out for the best. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Good luck and God bless!
Roger

Roger said...

Have you tried Dice.com? They have the most technical job openings out there. Also, don't forget to try Craigslist, we had three people come in to interview for a position that was posted there. I had no idea they did that.

Keep your head up, you'll be fine.

Mrs. R said...

I'm so sorry you're going through this. Good luck in the job search.

"My Point" said...

Sorry bro!

Bill said...

The Editor of the Duluth News Tribune got laid off today. Perhaps the government can print a little extra stimulus money to get him working again. Somehow buying work by printing and borrowing money does not seem to make sense.

Janna said...

Gahh!!
Sorry I'm late in offering my well-wishes/condolences/crossed-eyes/good-vibes.

I will be thinking of you.

P.S. My word verification is "SHTSE", which somehow seems appropriate. :)

SHW said...

Take some deep breathes. Then look at this as a opportunity to figure out what you really what to be when you grow up. Maybe there is a professional whistler in you just waiting to come out! More awesome careers you might choose: http://www.jobprofiles.org/library/guidance/weird-jobs.htm

Bee said...

I'm so sorry to hear/read that! I offer my prayers and crossed fingers.