i guess it's my turn to get laid off...

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  1. ninefivezero

    ninefivezero infinite resolution

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    Great news, hopefully it works out.
  2. mistawiskas

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    way to go chainblade!
    Local economic news isn't so good. The construction outfits that weren't into spec-ing out homes are just now finishing up the last of the bought-and-paid-for homes and are
    beginning heavy layoffs next week. Myself, I've been suxor'd for work for over a year now. what sims said is what the local banking people I know are saying too, almost verbatim.
    Chainblade, I'd say that even if that job isn't exactly what you want, grab onto it with both hands and don't let go. Unemployment is already in the double digits where I live and it's spreading fast. It's going to be a relief to get moved out to my mom's land, but rough as I've not lived at home since I was 15/16. That's going to be tough to get used to after 36 years of being on my own. other than that, our spending is matched to our present resources and we're settled in for the long haul. we haven't had to file for bankruptcy yet and we're eating enough to survive.
    I highly advise everyone to work out a budget for if the time comes that you have to get along with 1/3 of your present income for an extended amount of time. I had savings enough for 5 months worth of bills, but the huge assed price hikes in food, energy and fuel ate that up in 3 months. So figure out now where you can cut and prepare now so if it happens, the blow will hurt less.
  3. MSP

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    That would be sweet to work for an airline. Free flights! Good luck bro.
  4. Chainblade

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    ya, if I get this job, I'm definitely not going to let it go. I have been unemployed for 5 days so far and it's 5 days too long in my eyes. I don't know what to do with myself. Plus, not having enough money to make bills always sucks. I have enough to make it through the next month but after that, if I don't have a job, I'll be struggling pretty bad. Any job at this point at even $12/hour would be fine by me.

    and ya, msp, free flights would rock. i haven't been on a plane in over 10 years. I never liked flying back then but I'd really like to see the world. it's always been my dream to travel. i have friends from high school that just took 3 months and traveled all over Europe. I am so jealous. I was an idiot and got married lol. Someday...someday...
  5. sims

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    good for you man.

    sounds like a decent gig, the fact that they kept you around to show you what the job will actaully entitle is a really good sign, they will waste as little time as possible if they arn't interested at all.

    make sure to do a follow up call in a couple days if you have no heard from them, its nothing personal, most employeers interview a fair bit of people and its just not possible to keep track of them all, a call back will put you on the top of the list and get your resume looked at again. I've talked to HR people who actaully only look over the resumee's of the people who call back to inquire and make sure their resume were viewed.

    if you can try to get the HR hiring person's name so you can call them directly
  6. Chainblade

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    Ya, I would assume I'm one of the few at the top as I was there for almost 3 hours. Like you said, they aren't going to waste any more time if they weren't really interested. I just hope I will be the one.

    Yes, and I definitely keep in touch when I interview. I do a thank you note after each interview. And then I contact them around the time they say they would get back to me.

    After the 2nd interview, which was on christmas eve morning, they said they would get back to me on the 1st or 2nd week of January. I hadn't heard from them and on January 7th, I contacted them about it. They just happened to say they reviewed their candidates that morning and wanted me to come in for a 3rd interview. Coincidence? Maybe, or it could be that I contacted them back about it. I certainly don't take any chances with this stuff and try to make sure that they remember me.

    They said they would make their decision the middle of next week so I figure I'd give them a ring around that time to check in.
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    good for you man, it sounds like you doing all the right things. Good luck :)
  8. Chris

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    Good luck man, nobody that willingly wants a job should be out of one right now. It sucks but I'm glad to hear things are in motion.

    Keep us posted.
  9. Commissar Smersh

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    Fun getting a job anecdote. Friend of mine's boyfriend manages an Italian restaurant in the money part of Denver (other two locations are up in Vail and Aspen) and recently had to fire a server and a bartender.

    He threw an ad up on Craig's list a few days ago advertising the openings without a number or email address so people had to walk in to apply, didn't even include an address in the ad. He took down the ad after 5 hours because they'd already had 50 different walk in applications from the time the ad was posted. Over the next two days they ended up with over 150 applications for the positions. According to the friend, most of those applying were well beyond qualified both in terms of serving experience and education experience (at least one bachelor degree, etc.).

    Granted the restaurant industry is feeling the recession particularly hard compared to other service industries but Colorado is supposedly one of the better places to be as far as unemployment goes.
  10. Chainblade

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    haha thanks for screwing with my confidence jub ;-)

    that's my only worry is that someone more that is "more qualified" will get the job even though i know for a fact i can do it and do it great. that's always been the problem trying to get a tech job, especially around here. it's quite the cut throat business to get into.
  11. Chainblade

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    ugh well I didn't get that job god damn it. unbelievable. I got a call from the HR person who said she usually doesn't call people back personally but she said that I had exactly the experience and attitude that they wanted but they chose someone else. I didn't ask why they chose someone else over me as I was in complete shock. i did shoot all three managers a thank you email and asked them why. I'm thinking that they checked my damn credit. Why would they say I was more than qualified but in the same sentence choose someone else. It's amazing how i haven't spoken to my ex-wife in like 3 years but somehow she continues to fuck me over. god damn bad credit has ruined my life.

    anywho, ya i'm pretty pissed off as I deserved that job. I'm just getting so tired of struggling through bills. Amazing what a few months time can change. Just a month or two ago, I was working my dream job for decent money. I made the decision to break up with my g/f because we didn't agree on money (hardest thing i have ever had to do in my life considering i still love her). Things were really picking up. Now I don't know if I"m going to have fucking food on the table, let alone pay all my bills and start to get a head in life.

    Seriously if there were other jobs out there, I wouldn't be going too crazy but I"ve been applying to any job out there $12/hour or more, part-time or full-time, contract or not. That Alaska Airlines job was the ONLY full time non-contract job and it paid awesome too. Everything else is stupid contract jobs through temp agencies. And even that isn't working out as their just aren't enough jobs out there.

    I hate to toot my own horn but I'm a good guy, I deserve better than this. Gah and I can't even go out and have a drink because i have no job and no money lol.
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    Damn man...that sucks.... it really sucks.... Keep working at it though...you may still end up getting something good. I wish you the best of luck.
  14. Chainblade

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    thanks guys ;-)
  15. mistawiskas

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    Hang in there buddy, that was only round one. good you didn't burn any bridges, alot of times new people just do not work out. Chin up and don't let it get you down.
  16. MSP

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    Well, that sucks but don't let it sour you. Things tend to happen for a reason, a better opportunity awaits. I wouldn't expect a reply from anyone you emailed, but be sure to share if you wish.

    You really have so much potential in front of you. What industry would you like to work in? Obviously you want to work in IT, but supporting what? I would ponder that now, figure out what interests you most, and go after it!
  17. Chainblade

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    what I like to do is what I was doing already at my last job that I got laid off of haha. basically I provided support to all the users in the company in person, through email, over the phone. That could range from helping them with a simple email question to needing to replace a dead hard drive.

    i can do the higher end server and networking stuff but I don't enjoy it all that much.

    I do have an interview tomorrow at another place, an actual full time non contract gig. doesn't pay as much as I'd like and it's farther away but hey, sometimes you can't have it all. at this point, I'll take anything. So we'll see how that goes.
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    Unfortuantely, help desk/desktop support has a very low ceiling where you will quickly max out on salary except for standard COL increases (if that). You really should start getting into the higher end server / networking stuff if you want to start making more money. Better yet, work for a smaller company where you can get the best of both worlds, and still have a reasonable salary.
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    i care more about having a job i enjoy. ya i know i complain about lack of money on here a lot but you spend 40+ hours as week working. You should do something you enjoy doing. The job I got in July that I got laid off was a fantastic job. I didn't even feel like I was working at all most of the time. that's priceless. My friends and family noticed an immediate difference in how I acted. I did too. I just felt happy. I felt like I could do anything.

    Yes, you are right, there is only so far you can go in the type of work I enjoy. I know that. I picked this path because I knew it is what I would enjoy the most. Life is too short to go through hell at a job for your whole life. If it was all about money, I would had picked a different profession entirely. I don't need to make a whole lot to feel comfortable. Yes, a whole lot of money would be nice but it's not everything.

    That's why I wanted that Alaska Airlines job so bad. It paid $20-$30/hour starting for help desk. And there were a lot of other areas I could get into there since they are so large. And the benefits are great. Oh well. I have to keep positive. I'll probably run out of money by mid February. If I don't have a job by then, then I'll start to REALLY panic.
  20. Commissar Smersh

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    Jamsan nailed it, look for a smaller company. Also have you looked into relocating? It sounds like what you're looking for in your area seems to be in short supply. Maybe looking elsewhere might yeild more possibilities.
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    ya I was actually already working for a smaller company lol. IT was only about 9 people. 3 admins, 2 PC techs, 4 Mac techs. We ranged in age from me (25) to the oldest being in his 50s probably. We all had different knowledge. But we were a team. Part of the reason I loved it there so much. Most places I've worked, IT people are always competing with each other to some extent. Not there.

    I've thought about relocating. I just don't know if I can do it. In a way, I don't particular like WA but all my friends and my parents are here. I've lived here since I was 13. It's really all I know. I don't know if I could leave. If I did, I'd probably go to the Houston area. I lived in Dallas for the first 13 years of my life and liked it. I have family in Dallas and Houston. My cousin works in the computer field and says there are lots of computer jobs down there. so maybe, i just don't know yet.
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    well an update for you all. I've been interviewing off and on for several places but nothing has worked out yet...until today. I got offered a job at a financial consultant company. the office i'd be based out of is in seattle but they have smaller offices all around puget sound that I would support. Most of IT is actually in Montana though so they would actually fly me there for training. The job sounds awesome (even better than my last job) but it also pays $48,000 a year starting with bonuses twice a year! omg that's a lot of money. i'm used to making like $30k. it's not a done deal yet. I have to pass all the background check...one includes a credit check. so i'm a little worried about that with my credit. I told the boss about my credit and why it's bad and stuff and he doesn't think it will be a problem. I hope not. So cross your fingers that I pass that. If I do, I'll have a great job making bank!
  23. smirnoff

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    Way to go man. Hope it works out!
  24. fornik8her

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    Good Luck Bro'
  25. gB dAvId x

    gB dAvId x thats what she said

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    Damn, 48k is pretty good, I hope to be making about that much when i'm done with my bachelors, by then I should have a solid 2 and a half years supporting IT help desk experience. That's great you finally found something! Now you can finish paying off your debt