Day 3 – Now the Work Begins

My major task today entailed dusting off my resume and “updating” it. This is really more painful than having a tooth extracted, which I literally had done two weeks ago. Not really happy with my final product, but for now, it’s good enough for the job boards.

There are a lot of good sites out on the internet on how to write a good resume. I’m not going to spend a lot of time detailing do’s and don’ts. Spend a couple of minutes on those sites for inspiration.

The goal of a resume should be to get to the initial interview. Nothing more, nothing less. I actually have two resumes that I use. The first is a functional resume. This is a resume that highlights skills and achievements in a more narrative form. At the beginning of the resume, I have descriptive words around skills and experiences hoping it will jump to the top of any descriptive word searches conducted by Recruiters.

The second resume is a Chronological resume. It’s the most standard, I think, and chronicles your work history from most recent position to your earliest positions. If you are “seasoned” as am I, you should limit it to your professional experience only. No need to keep the summer lawn mowing business…unless, of course, that’s what you are hoping to do!

Sell yourself. I have difficulty doing that, but I’ve tried to add statements more around accomplishments and not so much responsibilities.

Finally, load your resume to the various job boards. I like Indeed.com and Monster.com. Not sure I’ve ever gotten a direct job offer from that strategy, but sometimes you get connected with a Recruiter who specializes in what you want to do. Very often is the case that they will know of jobs that may be a few weeks away from being posted and that’s the resource that I want to tap into.

Bottom line, it just doesn’t hurt to have your resume “passively” working for you. You’ll get a lot of weird emails and calls for positions that have absolutely nothing to do with anything you would remotely think of doing, but they can be amusing. Even without a job (or soon to be without a job), THEIR job is worse than yours.

I feel that I should end this post with something inspirational so here goes….If you plan on drinking tonight away from home, call Uber!

Day 2 – The Calls

The word for today is:

Schadenfreude

Schadenfreude is the experience of pleasure, joy, or self-satisfaction that comes from learning of or witnessing the troubles, failures, or humiliation of another.

I have been receiving a lot of calls from co-workers who are “sorry” I lost my job and how much they think it’s a terrible decision on the part of my company. Sure, I think so too, but deep down I know they are thinking “glad it happened to you and not me.” Hell, some of them probably think it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person.

I get it – I’ve been in their position. It is a terrible thing to happen to anyone, but you can’t help but be thankful it doesn’t happen to you….until it does. The key for me is to stay away from these calls as much as possible (although commiserating with those in the same boat can be a bit cathartic). My daily goal is to focus on the positive. For me it is the following and I hope some of these resonate with you:

1 – Found a potential position on the internal job board that has a little promise. Would be less pay but when weighing all options, not a terrible trade-off.

2 – Severance package is okay. As my grandmother used to write when she put a dollar bill in our birthday cards “wish it could have been more.”

3. I’ve got a lot of experience and age notwithstanding, think I have a lot to offer. I do believe I’ve been underpaid for what I brought to the mix and can’t help but think if I end up elsewhere, I’ll be no worse off – dare I say maybe better off?

My plan moving forward is focus on a task for each day toward securing another position. Right now, updating my resume is a high priority.

For a little humor to this whole mess, checkout this site oddtodd.com. This dude was a developer that was laid off in the early 2000’s and took his talents to the internet. Not sure if he still updates the site or not, but the cartoons are priceless and always worth a couple of laughs.

The voyage continues….

The Call- Day 1

You know it’s not going to be a good call when your boss sets the topic of a call as “Confidential”.

By way of background, I work (soon to be “worked”) for a company that has a fiscal year that begins April 1. Any “out of the ordinary” calls from management in March are generally met with a bit of trepidation. Such was the case with me. That call caught up with me after 10 years with the organization. Maybe I should say “re-Organization” as that has been their Modus Operandi for the last last several years. Note, this is a huge corporation….

I was prepared – it wasn’t my first rodeo. I’ve gotten calls in the past from my boss that started with “I have HR on the phone with me.” I was upset, but not with my boss, or the HR representative. It’s just a pain to have to regroup and figure out what to do the for the rest of my life. Oh yeah, I’m 62 years old. That’s really going to be appealing to a new employer.

I have 30 days to close out business then a fairly decent (albeit breif) severance package. I was encouraged to look for other positions within the company, which isn’t too encouraging given the fact that I was simply one of many that were laid off this year.

As I work through this process, I thought blogging about my experiences may be good therapy and might provide some insight for others in a similar position. Not quite sure how this blogging thing is going to work – I downloaded an App and just started typing. Also not sure what’s going to happen after I hit the “publish” button but I’m going to give it a shot to see what happens. I hope this site will get a little more sophisticated as I move through my blogging experience!

Advice for today:

1. Stay cool – don’t say anything out of anger. For me, if there is any possibility of staying on with the company, I need to remain professional for the 30 days I am to remain officially employed.

2. Collect your thoughts after “the call” and make a list for HR and circle back when you are a little more collected. I didn’t really hear much after the opening statement “There’s really no easy way to begin this call…” Gotta admit I almost said, “well then don’t have it!” Ha ha.

3. Don’t sign anything until you fully consider your options. Many times a Severance Agreement will limit your ability to work for a competitor or bring suit against the company (like if you’re in a protected class) in lieu of renumeration. If you think you’ve been dealth with unfairly, it might be worth a visit to an employment attorney. I haven’t seen my Severance Agreement yet, but I will read with close scrutiny before signing. Oh yeah, I’m also an attorney (albeit not practicing).

That’s it for today – Thoughts for tomorrow – Making a Plan.