01-19-2008, 07:34 PM
I guess that I could have had the title to this post read, \"I'm getting laid off\", but I didn't want to sound too self-centered. I work for a major telecom and they are surplusing 31 of 200+ people in my office (including me). I'm 15th from the bottom in seniority (one of the new people) as I've been there almost 12 years. My position is union represented, and they did offer me a job in Pittsburg, PA, but I just can't move out East- no way. The severence will be enough to keep me on my feet for maybe four months, and my mortgage isn't real huge by most standards, but it's just me in the household, so I am going to have watch my spending, and maybe find a roomate. Our competitor, Sprint, is cutting approximately four-thousand positions (not sure how many of those are in KC), so it does make it kinda hard to say, \"why me\"? Cerner corporation announced something like three or four hundred were getting axed, and this only means it will create a glut as the labor supply is larger than the demand, so of course, compensation goes down. It's just great when IT people compete for jobs in the service industry! Thankfully I have a good support network and nobody will ever take my pride. Maybe this is the calling to raid my 401K (if there's anything left after these big, recent plunges in the dow) and start my own business? Okay, I think I'm maybe out of the denial stage, thanks for listening as I have slowly been telling my friends. On my way to Lawrence.