Laid off 🤕 Looking for referrals due to time constraint

AllianceBernstein / Eng Coding=$$$
Nov 30, 2019 52 Comments

Hi Guys,
Yesterday was my last day at work and being on H-1B, I have 60 days to look for a new opportunity so hoping if someone can help with referrals if their company is hiring. Looking in NYC or remote only, ideally senior backend/software engineer roles.

I have been interviewing actively since past few months as I knew it was going to happen because I declined to move to companys new HQ in a different state. Was hoping it wouldn’t come down to the last day but it has! 😰 I had an offer earlier in the week but they declined to do H-1B!

I have already given interviews with FB (Onsite), GOOG (Phone) and AMZN(Onsite) so they are out of the picture.

TC: 110
YOE: 7
I-140 approved as well
200+ LC solved

Tech Stack: C#/NET Core, React, SQL Server and some AWS.

Any help would be appreciated! 🤞

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  • Microsoft Wirecutter
    Reach out to one or two good contracting firms to have a backup in place to handle your h1b situation before you get into the red. You could continue interviewing after that. If you post your skills profile I and others here can refer you.
    Nov 30, 2019 3
    • Microsoft Wirecutter
      DM me your resume. I'll refer in Microsoft. We have a good team that's hiring in NYC to work on Azure customer problems.
      Nov 30, 2019
    • AllianceBernstein / Eng Coding=$$$
      OP
      Dmed
      Nov 30, 2019
  • Microsoft Wirecutter
    A lot of startup type companies will let you interview fully remotely. They have the tools and processes in place. Filtering these out in the searches might filter out too many options that might get you out of the jam sooner than later. One thing you need to keep in mind is that you should get a job, get an offer and the new company should file for your new h1b within 60 days. I was in a similar situation few years ago. I got few offers in 2.5-3 weeks. But it took 4 weeks for a new LCA, app filling and finally the start date was less than a week before I were to go out of status.
    Nov 30, 2019 3
    • Microsoft Wirecutter
      Your H1B stamp expiry has little to do with this. If you're not employed, your H1 becomes void after 60 days and you'll immediately go out of status.
      Nov 30, 2019
    • AllianceBernstein / Eng Coding=$$$
      OP
      Yup I know. Wanted to say that hoping to get paperwork filed before 60 days to stop the clock. Then worry about the next steps.
      Nov 30, 2019
  • Uber uber101
    DM me. Uber has lot of headcounts and is hiring crazily.
    Nov 30, 2019 1
    • AllianceBernstein / Eng Coding=$$$
      OP
      Dm’ed
      Nov 30, 2019
  • SmartThings jopfy
    Don’t wait till you get senior roles. Take anything that you get now and save your ass. But continue to do whatever you are doing and you should find something soon in your place and a senior role as well.
    I’m saying this only because it’s very bad time to be out of job, 90% people don’t hire during year end and Jan is still slow when it comes to hiring.
    If you are stuck with location(I understand) and senior role(🤷‍♂️), then you will be out of country soon!
    Nov 30, 2019 1
    • AllianceBernstein / Eng Coding=$$$
      OP
      Thanks for the tip. Yea, senior is not important. Just hoping to crack something and start the paperwork asap.
      Nov 30, 2019
  • Amazon blinded007
    Why only NYC? Since you just have 60 days, try for all the options! Also, target small companies as well...
    Nov 30, 2019 5
    • Deloitte / Data Ceeker
      Dude . All options then figure it out from there
      Dec 1, 2019
    • DocuSign / Eng
      npCV82

      DocuSign Eng

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      npCV82more
      Yep +1. I think you should also contact consultants just to fill the gap and save your status. Once you get better full time you can break the contract. Seen couple of friends doing this.
      Dec 2, 2019
  • Amazon dmus41
    If moving is not an option then what if you don't find a job? You'd still have to move back to wherever you're from
    Nov 30, 2019 2
    • New h0r4y
      Exactly
      Nov 30, 2019
    • AllianceBernstein / Eng Coding=$$$
      OP
      I can go on H4 on my wife’s visa but that has it’s own set of issues. Talking to lawyer about it. 😐
      Nov 30, 2019
  • New h0r4y
    If you are really desperate, why not ask your old company for your old job back. Just move to the new HQ temporarily until you find the next role.
    Nov 30, 2019 2
    • AllianceBernstein / Eng Coding=$$$
      OP
      That is an option if I agree to relocate but I cant due to family being here. Also they hired someone junior in my team for my replacement so not sure if they will take me back anyways. They are trying to cut costs.
      Nov 30, 2019
    • Macquarie JimmyJams
      Nashville is certainly closer than another country though...
      Dec 1, 2019
  • IEEE jHYB52
    Best advice: get out of NYC ASAP. It's not tech friendly and will hurt your tech career.
    Dec 1, 2019 1
    • DocuSign / Eng
      npCV82

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      npCV82more
      +1. Also most of the companies there don’t give RSUs even if they are public. For some reason and being soft eng, I always hated to work on east coast. Work culture there is shit. Plus less TC.
      Dec 2, 2019
  • New / Eng ronney
    OP you should post this on LinkedIn too!
    Nov 30, 2019 1
    • AllianceBernstein / Eng Coding=$$$
      OP
      Thanks will do. My profile clearly says looking for new roles asap but will add a post as well.
      Nov 30, 2019
  • Fastmail Lynx007
    How many ppl laid off total ?
    Nov 30, 2019 1
    • AllianceBernstein / Eng Coding=$$$
      OP
      Tbh. No idea since it happened in small batches, 30-40 at a time. Layoffs started in March this year. I lucked out till the end because my team is small only 5 people. 2 of us were let go and 3 relocated to new HQ. Overall I would say around 100+ got laid off and rest resigned.
      Nov 30, 2019

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