Went to day one of two days of an "outplacement services
workshop" paid for by LSI. Not my usual cup of tea, but
necessity makes for strange interests. First day consisted
of talking about how everyone was feeling in regards to
being RIF'd, doing "accomplishments" and strengths
inventories, discussing a systematic method for networking
(of the human to human variety, not computer<->computer) and
some tips on what not to do w/ your resume. Interesting
factoids: only 15% of the workforce gets jobs from
responding to help wanted adds. The rest are found by
talking to a friend of an associate's friend and so on.
According to the fellow running the workshop, those stats
change to 9%/91% for jobs in technical fields. This presents
a difficulty for many in the workshop: either they haven't
been around long enough to build much, if any, of a network
(i.e. me and one of the other guys from my group that got
axed) or they'd been w/ LSI (actually,
NCR->ATT->Symbios->LSI, if you want to follow the trail of
buyouts) for so long that most all of their contacts are
stale. One of the guys was coming up on his 29th year and
another hit 23 years the day he was laid off. Either way, it
means a bit of extra work.
Tomorrow: more resume work.
So, for anyone who knows someone who could use a network
server developer, Perl/CGI/DB person, Linux driver/network
stack munger or just about anything else that involves
C/C++, Perl or Korn work on a Unix/Linux OS, I can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Heck, I've got nothing against
other languages (had briefer flings w/ Common LISP, Java,
and CORBA via C bindings).
Anywho, time to hit the proverbial sidwalk and do some