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I guess 13's an unlucky number today - Mark's Journal
I guess 13's an unlucky number today
Ken just asked me to guess what the topic of the meeting might be that was suddenly called for noon today. I declined, though I know exactly what it is -- because I'm one of thirteen people across CIT being told today that we're being laid off. I "go on layoff status" on January 16th, unless I choose to leave earlier or accept another position. If I go on layoff status, I'll get a lump sum of a week's pay per year of service (I've worked eleven and a half years), and my health insurance continues for a year if I continue to pay the (pretty low) employee contribution portion of the costs. There are also plenty of resources available to help me find a job, answer any questions I have, or provide counseling.

Basically, the user support side of the group I'm in is going away, as part of the shuffling taking place within CIT. I can speculate which other people are affected, but there's not much point.

No, I don't really know how to feel about this yet. Obviously, I'm not thrilled about my job being eliminated, but in a very real sense, I've been in a job I didn't choose to be in for over two years, and this gives me the opportunity to find a job I want. I also know I have other ways of making money besides sitting at a desk at Cornell all day, and I suspect I will start availing myself of some of those.

I also have to figure out who to tell. Guess I'll call my parents, and I should also start putting out feelers to a few folks who might be in a position to help. I suppose I'd better also start paying more attention to LinkedIn.

Two and a half months. I have my work cut out for me.
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polypolyglot From: polypolyglot Date: October 27th, 2011 12:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is going to sound like a cliché, but is not meant to be: May the coming months and years be times of growth and opportunities for you -- hell, for all of us in a similar boat. (Jeanne just got "benched" from some contract work she was doing.)
microbie From: microbie Date: October 27th, 2011 12:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, man. Sorry to hear this news. You always have a place to stay in the DC area if you need it.
aedifica From: aedifica Date: October 27th, 2011 12:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good luck!
susandennis From: susandennis Date: October 27th, 2011 12:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Been there and know the feeling. Kind of like Oh no... where did the ground go and, simultaneously oh, wait, this parachute is pretty, wonder if it works? Oh wow, this is cool...

Sounds to me like you already have the perfect plan in place. Onward and upward!!
psyllisa From: psyllisa Date: October 27th, 2011 12:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'm so sorry Mark. It sounds like you're moving in all the right directions. If you want to talk, I'm here. Literally at Ling Ling. What are you doing the rest of the day? Need company?

f4f3 From: f4f3 Date: October 27th, 2011 01:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry to hear that - not a good position to be in, or a good time of year for it. OTOH, let's face it, you're good.
phoenixmedusa From: phoenixmedusa Date: October 27th, 2011 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
There is an amazing opportunity out there waiting for you...the door just opened for you. :)
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rustmon From: rustmon Date: October 27th, 2011 01:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
*HUGS*, love and luck to you. Let me know if you need to talk or anything. We're here for you.
kinnerc From: kinnerc Date: October 27th, 2011 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm floored, Mark. If it can happen to you, it can happen to anyone. My only consolation is that you are the best networker I know so I have more confidence that you will be able to use that networking to find something soon!
vvalkyri From: vvalkyri Date: October 27th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
GAA I keep hearing this happening to people. So sorry to hear.

That said, that's the package I wish I took from GE, though they were also offering training funding as well. The health insurance package makes it so much easier.
acappellasinger From: acappellasinger Date: October 27th, 2011 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry to hear that this is happening to you. I've got confidence that you're going to end up somewhere better suited to what you want to be doing. If I hear of any opportunities, I'll be sure to let you know.
aregulardyke From: aregulardyke Date: October 27th, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Cover the Bases

O, ugh !! On the other hand I hope everything comes up roses for you, sending you good thoughts !

I know this is going to sound weird ... or maybe not ... please be sure to apply for unemployment insurance immediately. The sooner you do, the sooner you'll qualify. The lump sum payment ( technically severance pay ) shouldn't be much of a factor. You can apply on line, there's no longer any need to go down in person.

And, I know what you mean about it not quite " hitting " yet ... it's a lot to digest. HUGS !

OOPS - you've got time to figure it all out, yes ? So UEI isn't an immediate priority ...

Edited at 2011-10-27 08:12 pm (UTC)
queenmabwords From: queenmabwords Date: October 27th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am so sorry to hear this. Also more than a little surprised and shocked, I would have never thought it could happen to you.

From: sylrayj Date: October 27th, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
*hugs* All I can really say is that I'm adding my love and well-wishes to all the others flowing out to you. Change isn't easy, particularly when it's on someone else's schedule, and I'm wishing you all the right stuff. *hugs*
amicablebitch From: amicablebitch Date: October 27th, 2011 06:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Make those 11 1/2 weeks the best ever!! :D
kaitl From: kaitl Date: October 27th, 2011 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Blah. I'm sorry you're dealing with this. I have confidence you will find a new opportunity that will be full of awesome.
blueinatl From: blueinatl Date: October 27th, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I see this leading you to something bigger and better.
beeeej From: beeeej Date: October 28th, 2011 10:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Well, now's as good a time as any to move to New York City, right?
mfiveonline From: mfiveonline Date: October 28th, 2011 11:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry to hear that Mark, it sucks to involuntary lose employment in any way. But hey, great opportunity to see if the grass really is greener! Good luck!
rjb5 From: rjb5 Date: October 28th, 2011 11:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Good luck, Mark.
One of those "fork in the road" times when you get to think seriously about what and where you want to be.
octanez From: octanez Date: October 28th, 2011 12:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
GAH! That's a shock. Let me know if there is anything I can do, or if you want me to start shuttling you jobs I hear about in the Boston area, though I imagine you want to stay local. If you do want info about Boston I know what lists to get on!

sunnycrittenden From: sunnycrittenden Date: October 28th, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry to hear this. :o(
belmikey From: belmikey Date: October 28th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
voraciousapathy From: voraciousapathy Date: November 3rd, 2011 05:46 am (UTC) (Link)
wow, I am so sorry to read this. hang in there.
logan607 From: logan607 Date: November 4th, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so sorry to read this, Mark. But you can look at it as a (small) positive. When I lost all my clients and had to shut down, I gathered enough dough to continue on with health insurance, collected unemployment and just spent 90 mins in the gym a day.

I got into terrific shape, worked on my German, brushed up my fencing, got more into wrestling, moved the Mac, met my wife, etc.

Some good will come of this, I'm sure.
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