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I saw porcupines at the zoo, and got laid off.

I forget what happened on Friday.
Saturday we met our friend T for a zoo thing, where we got to meet the porcupine. We were guided by the same cool keeper who showed us the wolves, so that was fun. The porcupine was a cute little waddler. She wasn't really shy about us, mostly just not interested when the food ran out. The back of the snow leopard's pen abutted the area we did the feeding, and the leopard was quite interested in us when we arrived.
Sunday I think I did a bike ride, then had a fun dinner with the family in Renton. I like bringing growlers with me- this time it was a pecan pie flavored beer. I don't like beer with stuff much as beer, but as random alcohol drink this was very nice.

Tuesday was an exciting work day. A little before noon, my manager asked me to come over for a meeting. We went down the hall away from the usual meeting rooms, so I suspected something was wrong. When I saw the VP of HR in the meeting as well, I knew I was right. It was a lay off! I made it through the first round of layoffs, but I was not fated to survive the second. I am not too upset; I had already my days were numbered with the company, and was frankly rather hoping for a layoff. I would have preferred to be a little further along on my job search, since I had only just started it up again the day before. The meeting went well, since I was pleasantly surprised by the severance package, although I might talk to them about it again. I packed up my desk into my pannier, then biked all the way home (since the Orca card was a company benefit they reclaimed.)

Since then I've still gotten up in the morning and taken a bike ride as a 'commute', then worked on my resume and other assorted stuff. I'm not really worried about the job thing yet, since I have tons of leads, and the emotional and concrete support from my extended network has been great.

So definitely exciting times since the last update here.

Date: 2017-01-27 01:59 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] webbnh
I packed up my desk into my pannier, then biked all the way home (since the Orca card was a company benefit they reclaimed.)

Hrm...that seems rude: they revoked your ride home as part of the layoff?? Good thing you happened to have brought your bike with you that day!

Anyway, my take is that there are ample jobs out there, currently. Getting past all the screens is challenge, but if you know someone who works for the company that you're targeting (or, if one of their recruiters finds you, e.g., on LinkedIn), you can get interviews no problem.

So, it's a good time to be suddenly unemployed.

Date: 2017-01-27 02:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kpram.livejournal.com
They actually offered to let me hold onto the pass for longer, but biking home seemed the easier course.

Date: 2017-01-27 05:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] webbnh
Ah, good. (And, yes, if you use the pass to get home, you're left with the problem of how to turn it in.)

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