I know its easier said than done , but try to see it as an oppurtunity to reflect on life and as a stepping stone to something better than your previous job. I actually sat down a month ago and analysed all the people (friends and family) whom I knew had been laid off and where they were after a year of being laid off. Almost 40% were better-off than if they had just been doing their same job - a few got better roles , some got better(read less) hours and some even got more money. Only around 20% were not entirely happy with their new jobs. So Good Luck , mate and keep the faith. Regards Tintin
Totally with Tintin on that one, from my personal experience. Well, I am finishing my contract soon, and going to be in OPs state, but I have learned from my prev. experience to not to take it too seriously, and to consider it as my anual holidays + a chance to learn something new!
Nice in theory. Your contract runs out at a date you know in advance so you can set some money apart for it, plan for it. If you suddenly get sacked the situation is different. You're suddenly without income, plus you get effectively told you're not worth the money (meaning you're no good). I've had it happen to me once (though a court reversed it under our labour laws), it's not a nice feeling. Not quite as bad as seeing the company you helped build disintegrate under you because of mismanagement, but almost. But indeed do not despair. Work hard to get a new job, and in the meantime try to learn some new skills and/or improve existing ones. Now's the time to read all those books you bought but never had time to work your way through because you were stuck with impossible deadlines all the time.
Joined: Oct 13, 2000
Jeroen, I was let go all in sudden from a permanent role, before taking up the contract position. That is what I was referring to as my prev. experience. I was hit badly when I was let go (along with everyone else from my office, which was some what comforting, I should admit), but I was sad, depressed and ended up wasting most of my time in the excuse of looking for work. But now, after this short contract when I go back to the same jobless status (as I have nothing else lineup till date), its just as good as the original poster's situation, minus panic may be, because I am sure that at least couple of months down the line there will be some work somewhere, and I better be prepared when the it comes around. I agree, its hard, but that's how IT industry is lately, isn't it?
My advice would be : Get back on the job roller-coaster as soon as you can. And however many books you wade through it's pretty much useless without application. There's no experience like working closely with People and that's what technology is all about. There's nowt as queer as folk.
Don't worry if the job-hunt takes a little while. regards
Joined: Nov 22, 2008
Ya it's tough. I just survived a kull here. about 50% of my team got wiped out, I've only been here 18 months so glad I don't have to go through it all again. Anyhow it looks like things are a little better than when I was looking, so you should be ok
I can commiserate. I got the ax 2 weeks before my wedding last year. Already spent all my cash. Had no prospects. Lucky for me I held on for 6 more months doing work nobody else wanted to do (flying to Washington DC every week ). So when the ax finally did fall I had some cash saved up. The little lady has a steady job so benefits were covered and I got some time to work on the house. I've been an independent contractor on two jobs since then, and that's working out well. I'd be hard pressed to hitch my wagon up to a company again. It's good being the boss. And like everyone says, things are picking up (fingers crossed). . .