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Not any of this was a surprise to folks. All you had to do was turn on the news to hear about the economy. People should have been preparing for this a year ago, I know I did. Yes is sucks to get laid off but you have to be one step ahead of the game and should have put your finances into survival mode. Get yourself trained to do numerous things. Many people make tons of money in a bad economy, you just have to be one of them.
 

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Not any of this was a surprise to folks. All you had to do was turn on the news to hear about the economy. People should have been preparing for this a year ago, I know I did. Yes is sucks to get laid off but you have to be one step ahead of the game and should have put your finances into survival mode. Get yourself trained to do numerous things. Many people make tons of money in a bad economy, you just have to be one of them.
Oh, come on, now. :nono:

Nobody chooses to be in this economy. Nobody chooses to get laid off. I don't think the OP is coming out and saying "WhooHooo, look at me! I lost my job and now Christmas is going to be the best time ever!

Be happy where you are, if you are in a stable job. Not everybody has the fortune. I work for a bank on the west coast. We/I are fine, for now. But I have many friends who work in other banks that are in a world of hurt. CitiBank is laying (firing) 63,000, Wells Fargo 52,000. These are people who had nothing or little to do with the current financial conditions of their company. Nobody could prepare for that.

Even if you were experienced in broad skill set, there is still no guarantee you will land the next job quickly or easily. You will be competing against everybody else. Employers are choosy, if they are hiring at all.

Digitalayon I feel for you, bro! Hang tough. Hopefully you land a position that will cover your expenses soon. Nobody wants to go through the holidays with that specter in the house. I hope 2009 turns it around for you.:thumbsup:
 

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Yup. I worked my last shift Nov. 27th. I was an autoworker for a tier I supplier. I'm looking for a complete career change now(obviously). Fortunately, despite many years of mediocracy in university I did complete my degree so I'm probably better off than some.

Here in Ontario, Canada's manufacturing centre, this recession is hitting very hard. My friends that are in Sales tell me their phones never ring. Hopefully, all manage to have a great Christmas! Me, I'm really relishing the time with the kids, taking them skating and drinking a few extra beers...

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Better than being fired.Well I'm lucky the state felt it was unfair.I'm getting unemployment money.Having only had this job about 15 months or so,I was very low on the totem poll.I would have been laid off by now.If only I could have kept my mouth shut.:madman: Back in July I just didn't see where the economy was going,or I never would have told my lead man the f off.BTW,I thought I had another job lined up.Never count your chickens before they hatch.:madman:
 

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Four people were laid off at my work, but none of them did anything remotely like what I do. In other words, I'm not too worried about it at this point. I feel bad for those other four who were let go just one week before Christmas, though.
 

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I was also in the IT field, and got laid off too. Now, I ride all day and spin Pizza at night. The huge pay cut sux, but I am riding much more....which I love. I am also back in school again- to be a Radiologist. I chose the medical field, because I once contracted at one as a network admin, and loved it.....especially the HUGE ratio of available women working there, and the clean, recession-proof work environment. Medical careers are supposed to be the hottest job track, in the next five years. Hospitals NEVER lay-off people. As long as people get injured, sick, and have babies.....you'll always have a job, in medical.

Good luck, on the job hunt!
 

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Yes is sucks to get laid off but you have to be one step ahead of the game and should have put your finances into survival mode.
This is all hindsight. Knowing how his puppeteers destroyed American and foreign lives and messed up the whole world economy, would you let Bush steal the election for that second term?

What a disgrace: have the opportunity of being the president of the most powerful country and in the end the only success turns out to be dodging a pair of shoes. Bravo!

Ali
 

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I was also in the IT field, and got laid off too. Now, I ride all day and spin Pizza at night. The huge pay cut sux, but I am riding much more....which I love. I am also back in school again- to be a Radiologist. I chose the medical field, because I once contracted at one as a network admin, and loved it.....especially the HUGE ratio of available women working there, and the clean, recession-proof work environment. Medical careers are supposed to be the hottest job track, in the next five years. Hospitals NEVER lay-off people. As long as people get injured, sick, and have babies.....you'll always have a job, in medical.

Good luck, on the job hunt!
Not true dude.....several hospitals here have been laying off and are no longer matching 401k. The hospital 2 blocks from here laid off 20 nurses, over 30 administrative, 20 phlebotomists, and a bunch of Doctors. They said that people were opting out of the more expensive surgeries and going for the ways to save a buck. And more people because of job losses are no longer insured. At least this is what a slew of freshly laid off hospital nurses said at the unemployment office the other day. They said that there are a ton of training schools/centers for the medical field basically telling lie after lie that the need for people in the medical field is great when in fact, it's not. So you better be carefull.
 

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Yeah I got laid off this last week.....any others on here get the pink slip?
I am so sorry, really sucks, esp at Christmas. I hope you live where the weather is good so you can ride. I'm in Chicago, if I get hack in Q1 it'll really suck. I'm still dodging the bullets, if the economy doesn't pull out in the next 5-6 months....

Our company's economist says Q1 is gonna be real bad, hopefully things will start moving soon.
 

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I got layed off back in sept. My unemploymet is about to run out and i have no idea what im goig to do. Im in construction and there is nothing here in colorado. If i dont find somthing in thhe next 3 weaks im going to lose my car and wont beable to pay the rent.
 

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I was layed off in May, and hired back the next day. There was another layoff 2 weeks ago, but I made it this time. Really sucks to have lost all my friends at the office. It's also super de-motivating. Good luck to you!
 

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Not recently ..... was laid off a little over a year ago, and then laid off from my next (also last) job almost a year ago.... been on and off and back on unemployment ever since - went back to school last April, graduating in March '09 in a totally new career (one not likely to suffer a downturn, as there's a chronic shortage of what I'm training for always...)
 

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wow.

Way to show compassion. You don't know this guy or what his situation is. Maybe his is well prepared, maybe not, either way this thread is seeking compassion, not for people to gloat how smart they are and what a good position they are in. No matter how prepared you are I'm sure it sucks to get laid off.

Good luck on getting back on your feet quickly and make sure and spend some time getting some riding in(if the weather allows where you live).

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Not any of this was a surprise to folks. All you had to do was turn on the news to hear about the economy. People should have been preparing for this a year ago, I know I did. Yes is sucks to get laid off but you have to be one step ahead of the game and should have put your finances into survival mode. Get yourself trained to do numerous things. Many people make tons of money in a bad economy, you just have to be one of them.
 

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You are right, I guess that was a bit insensitive of me, I apologize.

What I meant to say was that we all need to be prepared in this economy as the worst is yet to come. This means less money should be spent on toys and more should be put into savings because until the economy picks up any one of us could lose our income. If we are prepared then the bite won't be so bad if it happens.

One thing I have discovered is that if you are active with your funds, then you can make money in any type of economy. Savvy investors do it all the time.
 
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