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The Laid Off IT Guy!

“It’s the economy!”, has got to be the greatest excuse for companies to downsize, restructure, retool, reorganize, lay off hard working people.

Sure, companies have to maintain their bottom line and remain profitable.  Some folks truly are not cut out for the line of work they’ve chosen, but it is those of us that have dedicated our lives to our careers to make the companies that we have worked for as profitable as they have been during the “hey days”.  Then they send us on your way at the first sign of a down turn.

So, I’ve been on the job market for 2 weeks.  It’s a new experience for me.  I’ve been lucky enough to have been successful with my company to be promoted multiple times and thought I had a real future there.  I’m dealing with it.

My first notion was to hop a plane to Florida to take a break away from reality while I plotted my next move.  Well, I already had a networking lunch planned the day following my termination and I decided to wake up (a big first step), go to the meeting, explain my situation, and it was the best decision I could have made. 

It was liberating to discuss openly ideas for new opportunities with a man that is a mentor to me and to receive his encouragement that this change happened for a reason.  The reason is that there is something bigger and better for me, and if you are in the same boat, for you!

Let me hear from you.