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Old 06-02-2008, 08:25 PM   #21
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So sorry ,hope you find a new (better ) job !
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Old 06-02-2008, 10:06 PM   #22
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We knew layoffs were going to happen Friday, but I didn't expect to be one of them. My mgr had even mentioned about getting a bigger raise this yr. I was also in the middle of several projects, but I guess they weren't mission critical. 7 years...poof.
That sucks, man. Good move taking some time off before jumping right back in; I think it's good to get some perspective.

When I was a teenager, I remember my dad getting laid off after 20+ years, and I think it kind of impressed upon me the importance of not getting too attached to one job. So theoretically I'm prepared for it, but I know it would be quite another thing were it to actually happen. On the bright side, my dad found something much better than the job he got laid off from, and in hindsight he saw it as a blessing.

What's interesting now is that I'm in a similar situation to yours--layoffs are coming up, my manager has told us that we *probably* won't be affected, and I'm in the middle of a project which may or may not be mission critical (in their infinite wisdom, upper management has decided that they're going to do the roadmap *after* the layoff). Guess we'll see by the end of the month.
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Old 07-09-2008, 07:17 AM   #23
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Hi everyone - just wanted to give an update on my job search.

The first 3 weeks were very hard. Not being FI yet, and out of work is an awful feeling. I was also beginning to think ER was not for me because I just didn't feel right not being at work.

After getting a few solid leads on jobs I settled down a little bit and started to enjoy my time off. I went golfing, bowling, to the pool, and spent a lot time with my daughter. So this gives me even more incentive to retire early - I know it's the right move.

Yesterday I was offered a position. It was the 1st one I applied for way back on June 2nd and the one I really wanted. It's a little less base pay but the benefits make up for the difference, including a pension. And best of all it's less then 1 mile from my house. It's going to be weird going to work at a new place, but I look forward to it.

Well, thanks for listening.
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Congratulations on your successful job search!! You'll save a lot by only having to drive a mile to work, too. You might even decide to walk.
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Old 07-09-2008, 07:43 AM   #25
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I was wondering how your job search was going! Congratulations, I'm sure it's a load off. Just curious as to whether or not you will try walking to work being that it's so close?
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Old 07-09-2008, 08:06 AM   #27
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Congrats! The 1 mile to work is turning out to be a huge benefit.
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Old 07-09-2008, 08:48 AM   #28
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I was wondering how your job search was going! Congratulations, I'm sure it's a load off. Just curious as to whether or not you will try walking to work being that it's so close?
Thanks. I didn't want to jinx myself and starting talking about this job and then not get it. I interviewed twice with them with 4 different people.

I could walk my DD to school and then to work - it's right next to the school. I can go and have lunch with her anytime. She is looking forward to that.

Most of the time I think I would drive so I could come home quickly for lunches (another big savings).
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Thanks. I didn't want to jinx myself and starting talking about this job and then not get it. I interviewed twice with them with 4 different people.

I could walk my DD to school and then to work - it's right next to the school. I can go and have lunch with her anytime. She is looking forward to that.

Most of the time I think I would drive so I could come home quickly for lunches (another big savings).
Congratulations--lucky lucky you to have less commuting, more time with family. Maybe your former company did you a favor by putting you on the layoff list?
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John...

Wow, that was quick.

There are some things money can't buy--and living a mile from work is one of them.
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Old 07-09-2008, 09:17 AM   #31
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Congrats on your new job!

DH just got a package from his company last week due to downsizing so he's also in the process of getting used to not working. His package covers 5 months of income so he wants to take the summer off and be a bum and also spend more time with our daughter. I only work 3 days a week so I think it'll actually be pretty fun to spend time together during the week when the rest of the world is working .

Luckily, we're debt free so I figure we can live off of our savings for at least 3 years before DH absolutely has to find something.
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Sounds like a great find, and quick, too. Congrats.
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I was also beginning to think ER was not for me because I just didn't feel right not being at work.
I am happy for you getting back to work. About your feeling, I still often have a pang of guilt, so keep my part-time work. If I cut down my discretionary expenses, I could ER. But perhaps I still cannot let go. And this after 5 years of having one foot already out the door. It's something a guy/gal got to decide for him/herself.

PS - Perhaps that's why I was happy to find this forum: to get moral support.
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Congratulations - sounds like this job will be better than your old one! Enjoy that "commute" ;-)
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Congratulations! I had a job that was that close to home once, and it's a huge perk! Enjoy...
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Most of the time I think I would drive so I could come home quickly for lunches (another big savings).
Conga-rats on your new job!
How long is your lunch break?
If 2 miles walk adds too much time to it maybe your could consider a bicycle?
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Old 07-09-2008, 04:54 PM   #37
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Congrats on the new job!

At one point in our lives DW got a job about a mile from home and I suggested that she could ride a bicycle to work. Her response was a strong negative reaction along the lines of "I am NOT riding a bicycle to work!"

When she called her father to tell him about the job the first thing he was was... you know... "Gee, you could ride a bike to work".

Her, by now very frustrated: "Why does everyone want to stick me on a bicycle?"

I knew by that point that laughing would not be a good thing to do but it was difficult not to.
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Well done John. It's pleasing to hear when someone has happy news.

What field are you in?
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Thanks everyone!

I could ride my bike if I could secure it. I think they plan on moving to a new building next year, but it's still only 3 miles away.

My last job was only 7 miles away.

barbarus, I'm in the IT field.

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