What are you plans after being laid off?

Oct 4 40 Comments

My lay off notice period is ending soon and I've been getting rejected back to back by companies.

I realize that I need take a step back, have a recollection of my experience working here, take a real vacation, improve my skills through LC, doing projects I want to work on, and doing mock interviews, and then start interviewing again around January 2020 by leveraging my network or you guys :)

What are your plans after being laid off?

TC: $100k -> $0k
YOE: 2
Location: NYC

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TOP 40 Comments
  • Amazon / Data JohnnyUta
    Fly to Palm Springs. Rent a car. Find some mushrooms. Drive to Joshua Tree. Eat mushrooms. Fear not. The rest will present itself.

    Be safe and have fun.
    Oct 4 4
    • New / Eng
      PewPew!!

      New Eng

      PRE
      Symantec, Microsoft
      PewPew!!more
      👆 wins
      Oct 4
    • New / Eng F_<k
      You can grind shrooms into powder and put them into gel capsules. Easy way to transport. Or find lsd and just put the papers in a book
      Oct 4
    • Juniper Pliny Jr
      Instead of Joshua Tree, how about Area 51?

      What happens if this leads down the road of homelessness?
      Oct 4
    • Amazon / Data JohnnyUta
      They’ll never know if they don’t try.
      Oct 4
  • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
    Vacation while unemployed is not fun, waste of time. Get an offer first
    Oct 4 7
    • Oracle Sockets
      @zoogler

      Sounds like desperation.

      Not a good look and will show during interviews.
      Oct 4
    • Juniper Pliny Jr
      I knew someone who went on a SE Asia vacation tour for 6 months. By the time she got back, the economy turned black and she had to settle for a shit low paying job well below her last job...and she had an Ivy League MBA!

      In comparison, her laid off colleagues from the same layoff round looked immediately and all found jobs that were good or better. Those 6 months fucking around Asia really messed up her career for 3+ years!
      Oct 4
    • Oracle Sockets
      @juniper

      She landed back in a shite economy by your own words

      Bet she will never forget those 6 months in Asia though.
      Oct 4
    • Google Woolf
      Regret is hard to forget.
      Oct 4
    • Apple bogle
      @juniper was that during the recession? hard to see that happening now when the economy is supposedly good
      Oct 4
  • Juniper Pliny Jr
    RE-DO each resume to use buzz words for EACH req. In this manner, the HR computers will filter your app to the top for consideration.

    Do not blanket send out the SAME resume for each req. It's an inefficient time waster.

    Remember that your resume is competing with 100+ resumes for each req. Most 99% don't cut the mustard. FOCUS on buzzwords and put them clearly at the TOP.

    AFTER the reviewer has a filtered stack, he'll glance the top 1/4 of your resume for what he's looking for (20 seconds glance). Make it count!

    Also...Make a new thread in Blind asking for referrals.

    Also contact recruiters on LinkedIn. Sign up for the premium version of Linkedin while looking for a job. Just all of their contact tools!

    Good luck and don't fret. The economy is really chugging at 3.5% unemployment rate. You WILL get something. Be efficient and think ALWAYS POSTIVE. Manifest your reality!!
    Oct 4 2
    • Apple bogle
      what do you do if you dont have enough experience to tailor your resume to each job posting?
      Oct 4
    • Juniper Pliny Jr
      If you have zero experience then it won't work out. Some experience, you can get an interview, but if you overreach with the title, you'll still get filtered out.
      Oct 5
  • Wow IBM lays off? I thought that was like a good long term company to stay at
    Oct 4 2
    • Oracle 3kL1n
      Big old companies have legacy teams that they cut whole now and again. No reason to continue pushing obsolete products
      Oct 4
    • Comcast / Eng
      wKYh52

      Comcast Eng

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      Dick's Sporting Goods
      wKYh52more
      IBM has been loosing money every quarter for past 28 quarters that I know of... Tis was only a matter of time
      Oct 4
  • Apple
    TWB-gold

    Apple

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    Software engineer
    TWB-goldmore
    I recommend improving your skills by reading text books and taking classes in addition to leet code. There is a lot more to software engineering than just solving algorithms problems quickly. There are tons of frameworks and tools and skills you could be learning too
    Oct 4 0
  • Salesforce aw3some
    Take 48 hours break. Hit hard reset don't think anything.

    Come back stronger and grind your arse off leetcode. Get a job.

    Source: was in situation, ended up with 13 offers and doubling my TC
    Oct 4 2
    • Juniper Pliny Jr
      Double TC into Salesforce (which pays low to begin with)?!

      Dude, where were you before that you were exploited even further such that that crummy paying Salesforce doubled your TC?...
      Oct 4
    • Salesforce aw3some
      Salesforce pays low? How often do you get paid base 200k for Senior engineer with 4 yoe 😂 (+ stocks)

      And @juniper: you assumed that I'm still with Salesforce

      Current TC; 400k / 5 yoe
      Oct 4
  • Zillow Group The Troll
    If you where a Seattle I will buy you a drink my friend.
    Oct 4 0
  • Amazon fish#
    I plan to relax and spend the money I have earned these years
    Oct 4 0
  • New VFx061
    I think you have 2 choices: if you are flexible location wise and not too picky, you can get a new job soon in an average company. If you are more picky and can afford not working some time, take it easy, have some vacations and prepare interviews targeting better companies.
    Good luck
    Oct 4 0
  • Verizon XbVH67
    What about getting involved with a contracting agency? You can further hone your skills and collect a paycheck at the same time. This way you can try out some companies and it gets your foot in the door.
    Oct 5 0
  • Okta Ironman14
    Take a shorter break now(preferably to a sunny location), then come back, work hard and get a job. Once you get an offer you can always adjust the join date and take another break to start fresh in the new job. Once this phase will pass, someday in the future you might be having a nice laugh thinking about it. Things always work out in the end. Don't worry it will all turn out for the better.
    Oct 4 0
  • Oracle Sockets
    Good plan. Dont try to force your way back into another job.

    Take some time to brush up on your skill set, set up a few interview burners and go from there.
    Oct 4 0
  • New / Eng F_<k
    The end of the year generally speaking is a harder time to find jobs anyway. Good luck and godspeed
    Oct 4 3
    • Oracle Sockets
      Dated. There was a time when companies would have shut downs for holidays.

      Most tech companies operate regardless time of the year
      Oct 4
    • New / Eng F_<k
      For hiring? Almost all the recruiters ive ever spoken to have said that the end of the year is harder since people take vacations or budgets are not set for the next fiscal year
      Oct 4
    • Oracle Sockets
      @new
      Companies have different fiscal years.

      Like I said, tech operates throughout the year based on needs not holidays.

      And you really only lose about a week for vacations. Thanksgiving week or Xmas thru nye. It is one or the other. No one takes both
      Oct 4
  • Sprint Chickenlip
    Exactly what you said. So was RIFed the weekend before Thanksgiving a few years back (great timing, right?!?!). I applied, couldn't really find anything that fit what I was doing. Took the time off, collected my thoughts, spiffed the resume, took a good internal tally. Immediately got hired after my deep breathing period.

    YMMV of course.

    Do what you feel is necessary for your mental health and well being. Take an internal assessment, build from there. You may/not realize yet what you want or should do for the next step. Figure that part out. It'll all be right here waiting when you get back into the swing of it.
    Oct 4 2
  • Anheuser-Busch Korona_guz
    Take a short break from daily job hunt grind. Try 48 hours in nature with no career thoughts.

    Come back and hopefully your luck will have changed.
    Oct 4 0
  • SAP / Media
    phase3

    SAP Media

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    HVMN
    phase3more
    And did you get laid off at IBM ?
    Oct 4 0
  • SAP / Media
    phase3

    SAP Media

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    HVMN
    phase3more
    What school are you from op ?
    Oct 4 0
  • Oracle pzd
    What's your skillset OP?
    Oct 4 0

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