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Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by Leehaa, Mar 27, 2007.

  1. Leehaa

    Leehaa Gigabyte Poster

    I love my job. Been there 1 1/2 years - no complaints, doing well and been getting certs with the company's help. Bosses seem pleased with me. Getting married in Aug and work have been more than happy to let me take 3 weeks together for honeymoon - get the picture?

    We are a small company and have just been in a meeting where the MD's have said that they are gonna have to severly cut back on costs as the main contract we have is coming to an end soon and it's not gonna be carrying on...so they have to get rid of about 4 - 5 people. They show us two models - realistic scenario, and worst case scenario. My job isn't on ANY of them :eek: WTF? How the hell am I supposed to take that? I've never shown my emotions in this job before, but had to go out of the meeting and have a little :cry:

    They are gonna re-structure in next 3-4 weeks. My job contract says they can give me 1 months notice. I don't want to walk out, but need to start the ball rolling to make sure I come out tops from all this...
    But how the hell am I supposed to bounce back from this one? Where do I start? Any help would be appreciated as time's ticking and money is needed for wedding and mortgage!!


    From a leha :(
    Certifications: MCP, MCDST, ITIL v3, MBCS, others...
    WIP: BSc IT & Computing, RHCE
  2. kat731
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    kat731 Megabyte Poster

    Aaahh bless,
    just at the wrong time Lee...
    Hold tight, dont make any snap decisions.
    Hope you work it out!!

    Certifications: BA (Hons), A+
    WIP: 70-685 77-884
  3. twizzle

    twizzle Gigabyte Poster

    I know how you feel Leeha hun.

    My partner was told 2 weeks ago that her place is closing down. They only gonna keep 90 people on out of around 400. And she's been there 16 years!! Least they imply that the place wont shut until August and everyone will get redundancy payments. But it still dosen't help.

    And i also know how you feel on a personnal level. A few years ago, i was called into the meeting room for the company i worked for at the time. 11 others had all been called in as well, all individually and all escorted in, so we knew something was up. Basically we got told that the company was losing money and making cut backs and we were the ones to go. We were given 10 mins to gather our stuff and be escorted off the premises. I was furious, so was probably good job the supervisor walked me out the door!!.

    Its never nice when it happens, your world gets turned upside down and you wonder how you'll cope and whats gonna happen.
    Just remeber this, It may get bad for a while, and you may struggle, but in time, and with luck, things will come right again and you'll have another job. And while all this goes on, you have friends who will stnad by and support you!

    Btw could you maybe teach Pole dancing??? earn a lil on the side like? or would that be slide?
    Certifications: Comptia A+, N+, MS 70-271, 70-272
    WIP: Being a BILB,
  4. mondos

    mondos Kilobyte Poster

    By no means are you out of a job yet, there are strict procedures which the company have to go through and you will still have time to fight your corner, or you may not have to because other employees may decide to take voluntary redundancy.

    Nobody likes nasty surprises like these (I was told I was losing my job of 13 years at the beginning of December) but from what I've seen and read on this site you sound a very strong young lady and you will get through this.

    If you want the info on the procedures the company MUST use just let me know.

    Chin up girl, there will be lots of people supporting you on here.
    Certifications: A+
    WIP: N+, MCDST and finding a job!
  5. webslinger2k

    webslinger2k Byte Poster

    Hi LeeHaa

    I am just down the road from you, and in a pretty similar situation...

    My company has just been bought out, and we too are looking at a major restructure - there has been a recruitment and training freeze on for the best part of 2 years, and things are coming to a head today as I type this - there is a massive meeting with the board to decide the fate of a lot of us I would imagine.....

    I have a kiddie on the way in June, and have only been in my current position for around 18 months, so I am quite upset that I am, in all probability getting made redundant while in the first two years of being a network engineer.

    The only positive thing I can take, is that I have been at the company itself for 9 years, so hopefully a cheque will be part of the package....

    I feel for you mate, all you can do is sit tight, and get that CV prepared so you are in as good a position as you can be in!!
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  6. mondos

    mondos Kilobyte Poster

    Not you aswell.
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  7. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

    Leehaa, not alot I can say or advise as im only 21 and had a 3 year career, but as already said, you've proven yourself to be a strong character here on the boards and if anyone can bounce back from something like this, its you.

    Keep your head up! The way to look at it is that this gives you the chance to improve yourself and go get that job you deserve, if you've been there for 18 months, it could be a great stepping stone to something better and more longterm.

    As you said, you've been getting your certs, so other employers can see your motivated and heading somewhere, and im sure you'll get a glowing reference from your company.

    Lets hope it doesnt happen, but if it does, remember, every cloud has a silver lining :)

    Best of luck :o)
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  8. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester


    Sorry to hear your news. Try and stay strong :thumbleft

    Best of luck

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  9. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster


    While you still have a job, start looking for another. Update your CV and start looking at what's out there. Take care of yourself.
    Certifications: A+ and Network+
  10. Headache

    Headache Gigabyte Poster

    I hope they don't downsize you, Leeha. But if they do, take heart in the fact that when one door closes another one always opens. Everything will work out for you, fear not.
    Certifications: CCNA
  11. JonnyMX

    JonnyMX Petabyte Poster

    It's important not to make any rash decisions while emotional - but that's easier said than done.

    The reality is that you've got the message 'in any future scenario, my job is considered expendable'.

    Even if nothing happens this time round, in your mind you'll always be thinking 'so that's how much they value me'.

    It's hard to bounce back from that and look your bosses in the face again.

    At the end of the day, they've shown what their commitment to you is - show what yours is to them by getting your CV out there!

    Sometimes (not always, obviously) these things can lead on to better things as they can prompt you to take actions that you would otherwise avoid.

    Keep calm and make sure you have the upper hand.

    Trust me, they'll miss you more than you'll miss them!
    Certifications: MCT, MCTS, i-Net+, CIW CI, Prince2, MSP, MCSD
  12. Mitzs
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    Mitzs Ducktape Goddess

    ok lea, take a deep breath hun and stop freaking. You still have a month. They are not kicking you out the door today. Update your cv tonight. And start sending stuff out tommrow. Don't wait the whole month if you don't have to and you know for sure that your job is gone. Do not burn any bridges leah! Keep your head, and do your job like the pro you are till the day you walk out the door. Also, and I know this will be hard for you to do. Try to understand the position your bosses were in when they had to tell everyone this. It is not easy for anyone to have tell them their job position is no longer needed. Also, ask them one on one of course in private if they have heard of any other job openings though the grape vine. They might actually know of something at another company. I'm not sure what your job is, maybe you can try hosptials and schools electric and phone companies? Is there a monster.com in the UK? Also google your job desc in your area of the world and see what it brings up. Something like mcse jobs in london.

    Here is for uk jobs, just put your stuff in and see what it finds.
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  13. mondos

    mondos Kilobyte Poster

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  14. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

    as my mother says

    or alternatively - que sera sera!

    Its shitty that you are very possibly losing your job, particularly if they didnt take you aside first to tell you that they didnt envision your role being in the restructuring. But look at this like an opportunity.

    Personally i would start putting the feelers out. Register with agencies, look for jobs online and in the papers. This way, you may find a fantastic job offered to you. If you find nothing, and they dont make you redundant, then you've lost nothing. Remember, you may go to interviews and such, but you arent required to take any offers you get.

    Equally, if you get a good offer, then you are in a position (if you want to take it) where you can go to the employer, explain your situation, and tell them that you enjoy working for them, and would like to stay, but only if you can be given assurances (and possibly a pay increase to sweeten the deal).

    Ultimately though, how you handle it is up to yourself. Im sure it will all work out for the best in the end.

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  15. Leehaa

    Leehaa Gigabyte Poster

    You guys are great!:biggrin

    Thank you for such a fantastic response!! It's not good to hear how some of you have been treated, but great to hear that i'm not alone, and you haven't let it stop you pursuing your careers!

    Gonna get an early night as knackered - had an argument with my fiance (he's trying to help but he's in the firing line - bless)

    Will start on the cv and job hunt tomorrow after work! :) Thanks for the link Mitzs and everyone who sent them!!


    Certifications: MCP, MCDST, ITIL v3, MBCS, others...
    WIP: BSc IT & Computing, RHCE
  16. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

    Sorry to hear leehaa and especially as your getting married soon but don't worry am sure things would work out fine. Just stay strong and positive and start looking for another job. Check and register with jobsite, totaljobs and ITjobboards all UK based. I wish you well.
    Certifications: MCSE: 2003, MCSA: 2003 Messaging, MCP, HNC BIT, ITIL Fdn V3, SDI Fdn, VCP 4 & VCP 5
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  17. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

    that's the spirit. Chin up, onwards and upwards :thumbleft
    Certifications: MCSA 2003, MCDST, A+, N+, CTT+, MCT
  18. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

    Yes good advice given so far Lee, i can't add much now except to say don't take it personally, these decisions are all made by people at the top who play a numbers game, their only concern is to make a profit and pruning the staff is the easiest way to achieve that. I have been in the position many times as a manager, where i have had to tell somebody they are not needed any more, i can tell you it nearly broke my heart and it's one of the reasons i hated doing that job.

    So chin up, put the smile back on your face, stop giving the BF a hard time and be positive. Also, never worry about something until you are *sure* you have something to worry about, it will give you wrinkles and grey hairs and in most cases things have a way of sorting themselves out.

    Good luck as always!

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  19. Leehaa

    Leehaa Gigabyte Poster


    Hey this is fantastic mondos - don't get me wrong - i've seen the site before, but not been looking at job market for over a year! There are loads of potential side-step jobs...and all the ones in MK are a starting salary of at least what i'm on currently (unfortunately this has to be a major factor cos of mortgage, wedding etc)- I know there's a long way to go, but i've already found 10 jobs within about 3 miles from where i live that get me excited - thanking you !:biggrin

    ...canne wait to update the CV now! :p
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  20. mondos

    mondos Kilobyte Poster

    No probs, good luck.
    Certifications: A+
    WIP: N+, MCDST and finding a job!

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