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Sam I Am

Knoxville, TN

#79795 Feb 6, 2013
PEllen wrote:
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Be discreet.
My company was aquired in early fall 2008, so I know were you are at.
Rumors are probably running wild, but ask HR if they are going to do a Reduction in Force (RIF) and if they will be offering outplacement services. That will have been negotiated as part of the aquisition. Try to be discreet in your job search just in case.
Our shop laid off people in waves. Everyone did not get RIF's at once.
LinkedIn is great but face to face/phone call to aquaintance networking is better. Industry groups like FruitFly Farmers of Florida ( or whatever field you are in) are excellent sources of information. Informational interviews are a good way to practice while not having to actually ask someone for a job. Professionals tend to get a kick out of making an intoduction or passing along industry gossip.
Read Bloomberg.com - its fre. WSJ is subscription only
Join LinkedIn groups. Post answers to comments. Headhunters look for people who are "out there " and assertive in their field, not just applicants.
If Sam offers substantive suggestions on job search or head hunting, pay attention.
I lent my outplacement stuff to my BIL who was RIF'd last year but can get it back to give you specific suggestions,if you want.
My two pieces of advice which might seem obvious but bear repeating are:

1) Trust no one in your office with whom you do not have a close personal relationship. This is the epitome of "every man for himself" time. People might seem like they are being helpful, but be skeptical, they are likely very interested in getting a leg up on their future competition for a job and not so interested in actually helping you.

2) As soon as you can, go on a couple of interviews for jobs you don't care about for practice so that when a job you do want presents itself, you are ready.

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#79796 Feb 6, 2013
RACE wrote:
Hope you get a good severance package! What if they ask you to relocate to the main hive?
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Not relocating anywhere. I have a house and a wife with a good job. Moving is an extreme last resort.

Since: Aug 08

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#79797 Feb 6, 2013
Toj wrote:
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Well then he was just plain wrong unless he was speaking strictly about S Corporations. Even then they are taxed by the percentage ownership and get the corporate deductions (percentage to their share). It's not the same as taxing individuals. If you have a majority share in the corporation, and you work for that corporation, you draw a salary and you are personally taxed and you file your individual tax return. Corporations file a corporate tax return and it is a corporate liability -- the entity -- not the individual's liability.
Now if you file a
The point he was making is that ultimately any corporation is owned by people, and this is not true just in the case of S-Corps. It's not that complicated.

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#79798 Feb 6, 2013
PEllen wrote:
<quoted text>
Be discreet.
My company was aquired in early fall 2008, so I know were you are at.
Rumors are probably running wild, but ask HR if they are going to do a Reduction in Force (RIF) and if they will be offering outplacement services. That will have been negotiated as part of the aquisition. Try to be discreet in your job search just in case.
Our shop laid off people in waves. Everyone did not get RIF's at once.
LinkedIn is great but face to face/phone call to aquaintance networking is better. Industry groups like FruitFly Farmers of Florida ( or whatever field you are in) are excellent sources of information. Informational interviews are a good way to practice while not having to actually ask someone for a job. Professionals tend to get a kick out of making an intoduction or passing along industry gossip.
Read Bloomberg.com - its fre. WSJ is subscription only
Join LinkedIn groups. Post answers to comments. Headhunters look for people who are "out there " and assertive in their field, not just applicants.
If Sam offers substantive suggestions on job search or head hunting, pay attention.
I lent my outplacement stuff to my BIL who was RIF'd last year but can get it back to give you specific suggestions,if you want.
No need to be discreet. The new owners know what we are doing. This was brought up during the Q&A session with the reps that flew in on Monday. The current HR department has a new official objective of finding soft landings for as many people as possible. They're looking at bringing recruiters in. They are having resume reviews, interview workshops, professional photos for linked in. Someone in HR just got a list of job IT openings from a contact of hers at another company. She forwarded it to my boss's boss, who in turned forwarded it to all of us. Hell, I talked to a friend of mine and although they have no openings that are a match for me, they do have one that is a match for someone else in the department and I sent him the info.
PEllen

Chicago, IL

#79799 Feb 6, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text>No need to be discreet. The new owners know what we are doing. This was brought up during the Q&A session with the reps that flew in on Monday. The current HR department has a new official objective of finding soft landings for as many people as possible. They're looking at bringing recruiters in. They are having resume reviews, interview workshops, professional photos for linked in. Someone in HR just got a list of job IT openings from a contact of hers at another company. She forwarded it to my boss's boss, who in turned forwarded it to all of us. Hell, I talked to a friend of mine and although they have no openings that are a match for me, they do have one that is a match for someone else in the department and I sent him the info.
Last things first. It is good that you pssed along the job lead you couldn't use to your buddy. That is banking brownie points or karma: very necessary things at this point.

Have they given you a time frame for layoffs?

Attend those FruitFly Farmers IT Networking sessions and exchange business cards. See if current company will pay dues to FruitFly Farmers of FL IT club.

Regardless , be discreet.

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#79800 Feb 6, 2013
2/2/13
Mister Tonka wrote:
So we recently had a iscussion about how soon is too soon to facebook friend a person you're dating.
This is a post from someone I went to HS with. Disclaimer: I was never FRIENDS with this dude. He sen me a FB request and I accepted, but we have not traded a single message.
Names and places have been Abbyized to protect the innocent.
Had the most awesome first date EVER with "Gertrude Higgins" not only did we look awesome together but "The Donkey Show" performance at "The Tijuana Center" was the most AMAZING show we had ever seen. And yes you all I like "Gertrude" ALOT!!! Check out the website for "The Donkey Show" and make sure you all go at least ONCE in you lives when it comes to you all check out show dates and places and more info at " donkeyshow.com "
2/4/13
Mister Tonka wrote:
More fb posting from old classmate.
Had the most amazing weekend with the most beautiful and amazing woman EVER Gertrude Higgins... Aaaaaahhhhh. Heads in the clouds and I don't wanna come down missing her already!!!
2/5/13
In a relationship with Gertrud Higgins

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#79801 Feb 6, 2013
PEllen wrote:
Have they given you a time frame for layoffs?
They have not even said out loud that there would be layoffs. Its well understood by both parties, but the 2 reps from new owners gave very non-committal answers. Only thing they said was that they are taking 30 days to assess what we have vs what functions they could consolidate and come up with a game plan. But no word on a time frame for implementing their transition plan

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#79802 Feb 6, 2013
PEllen wrote:
Attend those FruitFly Farmers IT Networking sessions and exchange business cards. See if current company will pay dues to FruitFly Farmers of FL IT club.
By the way, I have no clue what you are talking about. Nevr heard of any such thing and 6 pages into a google search and everything is about actual fruit flies. No IT relation.

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#79803 Feb 6, 2013
PEllen wrote:
Industry groups like FruitFly Farmers of Florida ( or whatever field you are in) are excellent sources of information.
"( or whatever field you are in)"

I just saw that. You had me confused as hell with the other post.
PEllen

Chicago, IL

#79804 Feb 6, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text>By the way, I have no clue what you are talking about. Nevr heard of any such thing and 6 pages into a google search and everything is about actual fruit flies. No IT relation.
Most of us are pretty non-communicative about what we do in real life. I genraly knew you were in IT. I was referring to industry groups or associations where people who have similar interets get together for profesional reasons. Future FruitFly Farmers sounded less ...stuffy.
PEllen

Chicago, IL

#79805 Feb 6, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text>They have not even said out loud that there would be layoffs. Its well understood by both parties, but the 2 reps from new owners gave very non-committal answers. Only thing they said was that they are taking 30 days to assess what we have vs what functions they could consolidate and come up with a game plan. But no word on a time frame for implementing their transition plan
If you are interested in staying, then now is the time to research their hierarchy and suck up to managers a couple levels abouve you. In my old shop, they kept the real senior guys presumably because it would have been too expensive to pay their severance package, but made them sufficiently uncomfortable that several quit within a year. we knew who would be taking over our functional unit. At least two guys made sure their accomplishments and involvement with current important projects were very well publicized. They were retained. Two of them are still there.

I have a niche skill. The new people had niche people on staff so I was automatically redundant. From what I have heard from my buddies who stayed, the corporate culture change was sufficiently dramatic that I probably dodged a bullet even though I did not think so at the time.

“What's it to ya?”

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#79806 Feb 6, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
2/2/13
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2/4/13
<quoted text>
2/5/13
In a relationship with Gertrud Higgins
gag

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#79807 Feb 6, 2013
Mimi Seattle wrote:
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gag
She's got her shiatt on lockdown so I can't see if she has changed her status to match.

“bELieve”

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#79808 Feb 6, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text>2/2/13

2/4/13
Mister Tonka wrote, "More fb posting from old classmate.
Had the most amazing weekend with the most beautiful and amazing woman EVER Gertrude Higgins... Aaaaaahhhhh. Heads in the clouds and I don't wanna come down missing her already!!!"

2/5/13
In a relationship with Gertrud Higgins
And this dude is your age?*barf*

Some people should not be allowed on FB.

One of my friends just called out her aunts on FB for not informing her that her paternal grandmother died (her father died last fall). She went on about how they are deplorable human beings and she hopes that when they die God forgives them for all of the evil that they do because she probably won't. There was a lot more. To top it off, she tagged everyone in her family.

Someone complained to FB and the post was pulled. She got more upset and reposted it after yelling about freedom of speech.

“What's it to ya?”

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#79809 Feb 6, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text>She's got her shiatt on lockdown so I can't see if she has changed her status to match.
The whole thing is pathetic. It was like what3 days from first date to "in a relationship?" Dude is freaky scary "special."

“What's it to ya?”

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#79810 Feb 6, 2013
Jess in NJ wrote:
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And this dude is your age?*barf*
Some people should not be allowed on FB.
One of my friends just called out her aunts on FB for not informing her that her paternal grandmother died (her father died last fall). She went on about how they are deplorable human beings and she hopes that when they die God forgives them for all of the evil that they do because she probably won't. There was a lot more. To top it off, she tagged everyone in her family.
Someone complained to FB and the post was pulled. She got more upset and reposted it after yelling about freedom of speech.
Wow.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#79811 Feb 7, 2013

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#79812 Feb 7, 2013

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#79813 Feb 7, 2013
Jess in NJ wrote:
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And this dude is your age?*barf*
Some people should not be allowed on FB.
One of my friends just called out her aunts on FB for not informing her that her paternal grandmother died (her father died last fall). She went on about how they are deplorable human beings and she hopes that when they die God forgives them for all of the evil that they do because she probably won't. There was a lot more. To top it off, she tagged everyone in her family.
Someone complained to FB and the post was pulled. She got more upset and reposted it after yelling about freedom of speech.
My friend's mom -- a very sweet, kind person -- is my FB friend. She has some crazy relatives, especially a couple of sisters who are total whackjobs who use FB to bully and bitch at people. When they start picking at friend's mom, I totally lay into them. Friend will be calling me at 10:30 p.m. "Ha! Darlene is foaming at the mouth over what you said to her! My mom loves what you posted!"

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#79814 Feb 7, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
2/2/13
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2/4/13
<quoted text>
2/5/13
In a relationship with Gertrud Higgins
Ha!

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