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    Faith in employers after being let go...

    ok you all know that i am no longer employed and as of right now have a bad taste in my mouth for the employer.. and i am not the only one with this plight and others here have gone threw this same feeling and possibly have dealt with it and succeeded to get threw it so any of you in business or that have had this dilemma could voice your thoughts and advice would be helpful for those in the same dilemma to get threw the lack of faith in employers and get on with our lives
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    I got laid off from a defunct dot-bomb during the big bust in that sector in 2001. My blood pressure still rises when I think about the article where the CEO talked about taking his high dollar sports car out on the PCH and going for drive with the top down where he decided to lay a huge number of us off.

    Had that not happened it wouldn't have put me on the path I went down that landed me where I am now working for a grat company owned by two guys who really care about their employees.

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    As you know, Larry, I went through that with the phone company, where traditionally people worked there for their whole working lives. There politics and courts betrayed the employees, but that doesn't matter much when you are left on the street. As for the matter of a bad taste in your mouth, that's pretty normal. It is also the prime reason for taking some time to get some perspective. This crap is too fresh. It takes time to put it behind you. Take that time. You do not want to be on the hunt for a new job with this taste in your mouth. It will show. You are among friends here and it is a good place to vent. In an interview, buttons get pushed. That is also normal. Take some time so those buttons have a pretty benign reaction.

    Hang in there, friend. Better things are coming. Have you noticed the people here telling you they have been there, done that, and it turned out for the best? Well, that's the truth!

    Me, BTDT. It's true!
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    Was 2 years ago for me and part of 700 let go the same week. They since have had a couple of more waves of layoffs as well as a lot of individual ones. They just recently did a shift in their board members and kicked a few off. I really feel more sorry for the ones that got left behind, they've had to live in fear of getting fired day to day...which is no way to live. I was with them for 12 years and had planned to be there to retirement. So let me say this...I have no trust in that company anymore, and those still there have even less trust.

    If it wasn't for that I'd not be where I am today. I love working for the institute, love the team I'm on, and they are one of the few place that still has really good benefits. I hadn't heard of them prior to being contacted by a recruiter. As a matter of fact, I had no intentions of really working with the recruiter. I went ahead with the interview just to give myself some interviewing experience again as it had been so long. The more we talked, the more I wanted the job. Never know when your next opportunity is going to be, so give things a shot you may not normally do.
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    carol and matt, i have been told by others this and as well as you folks and in the far reaches of my mind i am trying to believe it but as you all have experienced, it is to fresh right now to really see clearly..and in this venting i am doing my best to not go back to where i was 20 yrs ago,, this forum wouldnt allow that kind of personality to show and that is why i am here and why i am who i was previoulsy just a week ago yet to those old enough to know this chorus i had tlaked some time back witha co worker who left earlier about this songs verse, and thought that if we got the chance might do something along those lines Part of the verse was " hey ollie" it was about a disgruntled employee i think..
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    I have lost a few jobs, and hired a few people over the years. Remember that the experience you got at your last job is valuable experience, and your next employer will value it and hopefully pay you for it. Whatever you do, don't say negative things about your employer in your upcoming job interviews. That can lose you the job, because people will be thinking "If he's talking like this about his former employer, how will he talk about us?" Go in looking confident, look the interviewer in the eye, and don't mumble.
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    roger you saying i dont talk clear enough i will take your advice on the no bad talk on the employer at any meeting for new job offers..

    while on this subject ,, i havnt made a resume in about 25 yrs and so from what little i have read they do things differently now days,, i have heard they look at sites like facebook in reference to who they are looking at???? well i got a site on there but am not one of the gossip columns and dont play any of the many games threw it.. so back the point here,, if there is someone that could work with me on what and how and could help me make what ever it is that the new employers of today are looking for i would like your assistance we can talk threw skype or i can call you so its on my dime not yours.. thanks in advance for any help in this and send a pm to me to get things set up to work threw this next step in my lifes journey
    Last edited by larry merlau; 04-07-2012 at 03:08 PM.
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    "Don't put off today till tomorrow" as in, 'Yesterday has no future'. As much as the bitterness, chokes one going through undesired change, dwelling on the past won't ease today's worries.

    Like you mentioned, many have gone down this road, and while it is a well traveled route, the surroundings are not well mapped. Whether it was a forced trip due to restructuring, economic survival, financial necessity, or blatant greed...much like aging, there is not much we can do about reversing the trip.

    I don't believe there is any option other than to shake it off, roll up the sleeves and tackle life head-on. My job search ate away at me for quite sometime, and though I'm still in the hunt, the callouses have built up enough that I no longer fear losing grip. Granted, if it weren't for the support of my wife, both emotionally & financially I might not have such a carefree attitude. But I also have faith that things happen for a reason, and though 'why' may remain hidden, fretting over what should of, could of...doesn't offer anything but UN-needed stress & agony.

    IMO - Life is a one-way road, turn up the radio, put the top down, and enjoy the ride!

    PS: I know this not what you were looking for, but sometimes, I just need to spit it out to reaffirm that I'm gonna make it alright in the long run... & you will too!!!

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    Larry,
    Downsized in 1995 from a very good paying job with a trade association (I was one of the directors) was a very bitter experience for me, but after some reflection, I used part of the severence pay from that job to start my own consulting company, and eventually had a very good client list. I sold that company in 1999 - at a nice profit, and an agreement for the new owners to retain my employees (2) for at least a year after. The new owner actually grew the company, and as of last year, both employees are now vice-presidents.

    I used the money from that sale to buy into (and eventually buy out the partners) a property management company. Grew that one to over 900 clients and 25 part time employees. Sold it in 1994 to a woman who was downsized from a major bank (sound familiar?), and who has grown it to almost double the size it was.

    As you know, after selling that one (in California) I retired and moved to Ohio where we live now.

    Having said all that, and having had great subsequent successes, I still hold animosity and contempt towards that original employer. Some things you just can't let go of...
    Jim D.
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    When you are at the state office, see if there is a job counselor available who can help you list your skills based on the things you did and were responsible for at your last job. There are a lot of intangibles that can be listed. It is often the intangibles that make you a more worthy candidate for the job than someone else. One of the 'new' things is to describe a project or task and your involvement and responsibility in it, along with the end result. In other words, what was your contribution and how did your contribution affect the result. Think in terms of scenarios.
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