The Downsized Diaries

My journey to my next career.

Archive for December 2008

Here’s Who’s Getting Hired Right Now in Tech – Jobwire

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Here’s Who’s Getting Hired Right Now in Tech – Jobwire

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December 17, 2008 at 10:31 pm

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NPR: Listeners Check In: Layoffs

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Follow-up to the podcast I was interviewed for on Friday on NPR’s Planet Money podcast-K

On the Friday podcast, we took up the idea that layoffs might be good for our economy — even if they’re not necessarily good for the people involved. Complete post at:NPR: Listeners Check In: Layoffs.

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December 8, 2008 at 5:48 pm

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BlogHer Quotes The Downsized Diaries

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Shout-out to Eleana Cantor at the wondeful blog/movement that is BlogHer for linking to The Downsized Diaries in her post

Layoffs: The Fallen, The Survivors, The Next Victims.

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December 8, 2008 at 5:28 pm

My Final Performance Evaluation (Video Diary)

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Downsized Diaries: My Final Performance Evaluation

My ‘video diary’ entry immediately after my final performance evaluation at my soon-to-be-former company.

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December 6, 2008 at 8:21 pm

My Interview with NPR’s Planet Money

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I was interviewed by NPR’s Planet Money podcast program today about being laid off. Podcast, blog post, and download links are here.

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December 5, 2008 at 6:40 pm

Moving on Up, Out,Over…Somewhere…

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Had to go in,pack, and remove all my things from my office yesterday, 6 weeks before my scheduled exit. Department is moving to a different building; I didn’t see the point of moving, unpacking, and packing again in January.

It was a weird feeling. I mean I didn’t announce I was coming. I came towards the end of the day. I said hi to several of my teammates who were still there. I guess I thought I’d get emotional or something, but I didn’t. It’s awkward like, I didn’t know what to say, they didn’t know what to say, so we kept the convo neutral.

I don’t intend for this to come off ‘whiney’; believe me I’m not whining at all. I just hope by writing this it’ll help others know what the experience is like, and know it isn’t the end of the world.

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December 5, 2008 at 3:46 pm

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Laid Off on LinkedIn: How to Publicize?

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I’ve been avoiding changing my ‘title’ on LinkedIn. Technically I’m not “out the door” for another 6 weeks or so, but… I am looking for another job, so I need to make this known on LinkedIn.  My personal hang-up has been, I can tell when someone’s been laid off on LinkedIn because their title has changed to something like:”Dynamic, Experienced  Sales Manager”.  When I see these, my heart kind of sinks because I know the person isn’t employed.  My impression has been some of  these ‘title changes’ come off like a desperate profile.  No disrespect to anyone, I’m just sharing how I’ve perceived this up until now.

So my question is, how do you make your status known on LinkedIn without sounding “needy”?  Leave me your thoughts in the comments.

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December 2, 2008 at 7:31 pm