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just lost my job
Sarah Atkinson

 10:57 pm on Aug 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

Well I guess it's time to move on...Anyone have any tips on where to look?



 11:43 pm on Aug 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

Sorry for your loss. :(

In the past (when I was looking), I've had good luck from the major online job search sites.


 11:46 pm on Aug 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

Absolutley. CareerBuilder is the best online job service. Build your profile/resume, and then 70% of the jobs are only a couple of clicks away. If they send you to the clients online job Application, just bail out unless you really really want that job. Apply for as many as you can a day. You will get some interviews and eventually a job. Your state and cities unemployment situation is relevant too. Search for your preferred job in your ZIP Code. Then, just for curiousty sake, start punching in different zip codes around the country and thats how you can compare your job market in your field to the rest of the country so you know what your up against.

Dont get down on yourself...apply for work everyday and at 5pm, call it quits for the day and dont get depressed...just keep applying for the jobs everyday.



 12:43 am on Aug 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

Sorry to hear about the job. That's always a tough life event. Good luck finding something new and better.

If you are in the US and do IT related work you might try Dice.com. A friend got some good interviews, and I think the job he eventually ended up accepting, through them.

And there is always craigslist.

Sarah Atkinson

 1:04 am on Aug 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

by the way does anyone know how hard it will be for my previous employer to log onto my PC without my password (it's not a network password)


 4:32 am on Aug 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

Assuming they have someone assigned as a network administrator with the right permissions + passwords, they should have no trouble at all logging on to your PC. If you're concerned for their sake, then I'd say unlocking your password-protected PC is no longer your problem, is it?

I hope you had a few moments before leaving to erase personal files and profiles... I once left an employment position hastily, then days afterward I saw "myself" log on to MSN (aka Live Messenger). I immediately changed all my passwords. Also beware if you ever used your machine to access personal sites like online banking, eBay, facebook, or even iGoogle. Those cookies will let someone else log in as you. Just to be safe, I'd recommend a security sweep - change all your passwords, everywhere. Even the one you use to log in to WebmasterWorld.

The most recent time I left an employer, I quit giving 2 weeks notice - so I had plenty of time to back up files, erase cookies, delete accounts, change passwords, and otherwise sanitize my (actually their) PC. When you're at the machine, it only takes a few minutes. But if you leave without getting the chance to do that, it can take hours to change passwords all over the place. It's a real drag.


 12:55 pm on Aug 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

About 15 years ago, after a few months unemployed I had to start taking temporary clerical jobs. At least IT gives you a secretarial quality typing speed.

I soon got into a position where I was doing some sophisticated things on the PC and was able to spin that on my CV to get back into IT.


 3:52 pm on Aug 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

I quit giving 2 weeks notice

I hope you meant "I gave 2 weeks notice when I quit" instead of "I stopped giving a 2 weeks notice when I quit jobs" :)

I have worked at a number of places that had a policy to immediately lockout (sometimes including disabling computer/network accounts, physically escorted from the building) someone as soon as they gave notice. So you should plan to do a security sweep BEFORE giving notice. Most of the time it was used when firing someone. I don't remember off-hand any "friendly" separations being subject to immediate lockdown, although some did have restrictions placed on some access and functions.


 12:31 am on Aug 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

Well Sarah, first stop is to get centered. You're probably not feeling real great at the moment ("lost" is pretty clear) but when you get a moment . . . .

Don't look at it as "lost", look at it as a new opportunity has opened for you. Right now you're probably worried about money and what-not - you will probably be able to collect unenjoyment for a while. So give yourself a little time to think . . do you really want to go out and jump in the first job that comes up, out of fear?

When stuff like this goes down, we automatically go into defense mode. Give yourself time to think about it, maybe you want to go into business on your own, or get into something ELSE you love, or . . . . what?

Don't sweat it, everything you need will come to you, and like the song says, "every new beginning is another beginning's end . . . "


 12:34 am on Aug 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

>>I quit giving 2 weeks notice

I quit, giving 2 weeks notice. With a comma in the right place, it makes more sense.
Thanks for pointing that out, LifeinAsia, I like grammar double-entendres but I do neglect to look for them in my own sober prose.

The nastiest in-between job I ever did was picking strawberries in the field alongside migrant workers from Chile. The Chileans were fantastic, but strawberry juice is very acidic and will give you a skin rash if you're exposed to it for several days.

Walk the telephone directory and check in with local web design agencies and ISPs. Print a mini-portfolio, wear a smile and get yourself on their freelance lists. Sometimes they need extra people for big projects, and they'll pay top dollar. I paid my rent many-a-month through the benevolent capitalism of freelancer/agency relationships.


 12:57 am on Aug 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

Sarah...sorry for your loss. Don't take this as a "pick up" line...but do I know you from somewhere? I'm sure we've had email correspondence somewhere over the past years...did you work for an affiliate network by any chance?

Sarah Atkinson

 12:59 pm on Aug 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

Well I forgot to wipe my passwords from my computer... I had the admin password for it. I have started to change my passwords... at lease the ones I can think of. and I kinda saw this coming so I took some of my files home already.. I can't get over the fact that I didn't wipe my passwords. How stupid could I have been.

Oh and I went to 2 former competitors and have already had interviews with them.

And one called my old job and started asking a few questions.


 10:45 pm on Aug 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

My last job ended in early 2000 when I quit to do my own website but I was the network administrator back then. Even though I was in that position, I had my email and browser on a zip disk (usb drives weren't as big then) that was like my car keys. I always carried it with me and didn't leave it anywhere. If I was ever to be fired, I'm sure they wouldn't let me back in the computer room. It was just my routine to expect the unexpected at all times.

I was the person that was told when someone was being fired so I could lock them out of all systems at the right time. I would get signals from human resources when to do it. What really sucked was when it was a friend, something would delay it and I'd wind up at lunch with the person I knew was about to get fired.


 4:15 pm on Aug 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

Competitors are one good place to look, another would be to work with a headhunter. I used to disparage those people, but once firmly entrenched in the corporate world I began to realize their value. One may have something in your field of expertise, or you might possibly be steered into a new learning experience.

Good luck walking through this new door of opportunity.


 4:57 pm on Aug 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

If you want to do freelance work, you might also try joining some local business or civic groups. I've gotten a few unsolicited offers of web site work that way.


 5:18 pm on Aug 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

Where to look? It's Easy with Wiese ;)
- craigslist is still in the business;
- LinkedIn;

[edited by: tedster at 9:58 pm (utc) on Aug. 21, 2008]


 5:28 pm on Aug 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

I hate to ask, but why did you lose your job?

Also, discussing this publicly may or may not be in your best interests moving forward, just being over protective, that is all. You have some tenure and a search for your name is surely going to return relevant results. ;)

Alexei, Welcome to WebmasterWorld!


 5:33 pm on Aug 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

pageoneresults, thanks for the welcome. I do really enjoy the show.

Sarah Atkinson

 12:34 am on Aug 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

I hate to ask, but why did you lose your job?

Downsizing due to merger.... Although it was hinted at possibly having me do some consulting work in their future.


 12:01 pm on Aug 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

Although it was hinted at possibly having me do some consulting work in their future.

So they still want to be friends!

Almost every very good thing that has come into my life was immediately preceded by a job separation.


 5:24 pm on Aug 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

Well I guess it's time to move on...Anyone have any tips on where to look?

I'm kinda hooked on the self-employmenmt thing... the hours are great, boss is easy to get along with.. etc, etc,,, I wake up in the morning, check email and if I don't like what I see I can turn around and crawl right back into bed, which I do often.

The downside is that the pay sucks. Most months I'm doing good to pay rent and buy dog food. Personal satisfaction is at an all time high though.. self-esteem rocks... I don't punch a time card or answer to anyone anymore and that in itself is worth a small fortune. I could make a bigger paycheck if I stayed on the corporate circuit but I'd hate myself and I'd hate my boss and I'd probably just hate everybody in general just because I could. I'll take poverty instead.

Good LUCK! Keep the faith too! It'll happen and when it does it'll probably come from where you least expect it... the way it is with me anyway...

[edited by: lawman at 11:30 pm (utc) on Aug. 24, 2008]
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Sarah Atkinson

 8:49 pm on Oct 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

Today is the first day of my new job. so far. neat projects, nice people, great pay/beniffits spacious cubicle


 8:55 pm on Oct 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

Congratulations! And it only took two months. A friend in the financial sector just lost his job, his security, and his savings. Now I can give him an encouraging word :)


 10:08 pm on Oct 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

Congrats on the new job, Sarah. That was quick considering the current economy!


 1:57 am on Oct 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

Thanks for reporting back. Good to hear. Just remember what my father told me when I got my first job.
"Eventually, every job becomes works."
(I've used that on more employees that I should say.)


 11:03 am on Oct 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

Congrats on the new job! Should this thread be renamed! ;)


 12:31 pm on Oct 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

Well done Sarah!

Sarah...sorry for your loss. Don't take this as a "pick up" line...but do I know you from somewhere?

I remember reading that two months ago and laughed as it sounded funny. Reading the thread again... I laughed again.


 3:44 pm on Oct 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

That is great news when great news is hard to find. Thanks for letting us know.

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