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Reduced in Force - Deja Vu All Over Again

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Yesterday, wasn't a good day. I was laid off. This isn't the first time it's happened. It's now the second. Thus the deja vu all over again title of this blog. Reduced in force is the new term for being laid off.

I know I haven't been very good about blogging, mostly because I haven't had a whole lot going on in my life. Things have been pretty stable and uneventful for the past few months. No news is good news, right ?

So, here I am, starting all over again. I'll be honest, I wasn't overly shocked or surprized. I had seen this coming. The company I worked for is a large pharmaceutical that has been experiencing some serious financial issues in the past two years. As a result, they've been downsizing. The writing was on the wall as they say.

It's been a great job. I've really enjoyed working for the company. However, in the time that I've worked for them, I've also seen some changes that haven't been positive. Some of those changes have led to the job I once really loved into something toxic. Prior to being told I was getting laid off, I had already started to circulate my resume. Several co-workers are doing the same. They haven't been laid off, but with the reduction in staff, it means they'll be stuck with more work and more stress.

Some times, it's hard to know who to feel badly for; the person who lost their job and needs to find a new one or the person stuck in a job they hate, but are still getting paid. Some pretty nasty office politics has turned the work environment toxic. We were all looking to get out. I just happened to be one of the lucky first to go. On top of that, I left the job with a rather large knife handle between my shoulder blades. I can't really go into detail about the problems of office politics. All I can say is that back stabbing had become the norm.

I talked to my supervisor. He's a terrific guy in a tough spot. He wants to be able to support his team, but can't do it when he doesn't have the support of management. Another issue at the job. Well, he said I should look at this as an opportunity to move onto something better.

And that's exactly how I am looking at this. Even though I have been laid off, I am in a much better position than when I had been the first time. I have more skills on my resume. I have more desirable certifications. I have references from good people. So, hopefully, I will be able to find a new job quicker. If not, I'm not going to wallow in self pity. I've already scheduled my pity party. I'm allowed to be upset, cry, scream into my pillow, eat comfort food today and tomorrow. Come Monday, it's nose to the grindstone. I will be combing the job listings, writing cover letters and sending out resumes.

One more little story... I've been at this company for about 3 and a half years. In that time, well, like many people, I packed on a few pounds. not too many. The leftover meeting food
can be a little hard to resist. Anyway, another long story short, several months ago, my pants had gotten way too tight. I didn't fit my interview suits !! That was a very bad thing fully knowing that I could/might be laid off at any time. Needless to say, around April of last year, I started taking my own advice. I set some simple goals each week and stuck to them. Since April, I've lost 20+ pounds. My interview suits fit again !! YEAH !!!

That's how my yesterday went.
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    Hello friend! I am sorry to read this hes gone on for you. I DO know how hard and disappointing having a job turn south can be. I hope that things are turning around for you now. You do have a terrific attitude! Great job on the weight loss!
    1160 days ago
    Great attitude. It's hard to see the light when things look so dark, but you are doing it! I hope you find a job soon and one that you love! Those suits will help! emoticon That is an accomplishment!

    Hang in there and know that you have support here. Hugs!
    1182 days ago
    You have a good attitude, a desirable skill set and a great work history. You'll be okay, and hopefully the stress of the search will be absolutely minimal.
    1190 days ago
    Have been thinking about and wondering how you were doing . sorry to hear about you job . Like the idea you set a time frame on the pity party . I am working on putting an end to mind . My is not as bad as you party reason it called the holiday let down. thanks for push to put my big girl panties on and get my self back on the Spark trail. praying you find a better job soon. i did a job i hated for the money and ended up like you knife in the back its a hard one to pull and heal but you can do it one day at time .
    off we all go in to 2016
    1191 days ago
    Well, I'm sorry you lost your job. But, it almost sounds like it might be one of those "blessings in disguise" kind of things. Sometimes being in a crap job is worse than having to job at all. Mental health is just as important than physical! But, at least you can now fit back into your interview outfits just in time to need them again! I guess that's the bright side! Good luck on your next job hunt. I hope you're able to find something quicker than last time and a job that is just perfect for you!
    1193 days ago
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    1193 days ago
    Hang in there. Good attitude and Good Luck.
    1193 days ago
    everything happens for a reason. I have faith that you will find something that is a perfect fit.

    you'd already started getting your name out there, and made sure your interview clothes fit. I'd say you are ahead of the game!

    go get 'em emoticon
    1194 days ago
    What a fantastic attitude. I am sure that it will get you into the work-force again, and you never know - it may be THAT job that you have been waiting for, for years :-)

    Congratulations on your good work with the interview suits, too :-)

    1194 days ago
    You've got a great attitude...which will serve you well in your job hunt. Knowing where you are coming from--and where you wish to be-- is a distinct advantage during interviews. Here's wishing that your pity party is indeed an exciting start to a new chapter in your Life's Journey! Have some chocolate for me.... emoticon

    Oh...and congrats on fitting those interview suits---just one of the "little things" that shows you are prepared for this change. (and we all know it is NOT a "little thing" to accomplish!!)

    Keep us posted!!
    1194 days ago
    Good luck finding a new job. I have the same issues. Hurts but I hope to find something. Hope all goes well.
    1194 days ago
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