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 email@example.com. 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 "networking."