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Laid off for not fitting in.

I was laid off a few weeks ago, "wasn't a good fit" was the reason given. What do I say in my upcoming interviews? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on Aug 10, 2014 - 18 answers

Laid off from non-profit job. Can I transition into Linux sysadmin work?

I'm about to get laid off from my non-profit job within the next month. I was hired as a general office admin person, and ended up doing mainly Linux sysadmin work. What are my chances of getting this type of work as my next job? Details and snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Jun 17, 2014 - 20 answers

Laid off after two months on the job. How to explain at interviews?

50 Year Old Male, IT Busines Dev/Vendor Mgr role. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2014 - 9 answers

Supporting partner after layoff?

My partner and I used to work at the same company. My partner was laid off this week. I was not. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Oddly calm after being laid off

I was laid off last week, and instead of feeling angry, I just feel … well, calm. Is this even remotely normal? [more inside]
posted by A Friend of Dug [sock] on Sep 2, 2013 - 18 answers

Should I quit my second job?

I need some perspective on my situation and ultimately help deciding whether to quit my 2nd job. This is a job I picked up due to financial anxieties and instability with my full time company. [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Sep 1, 2013 - 15 answers

I'm letting a household employee go, have I done anything wrong?

I am letting my nanny go for a variety of reasons, and feel both bad and awkward about it, but still think it was the right choice for my own family, and would like to know if I handled this appropriately. [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski on Aug 26, 2013 - 43 answers

FMLA + Layoffs?

Though what I really need is a crystal ball, hypothetically would you as an employer be likely to lay off someone who is not currently working due to injury and illness and covered under Short Term Disability insurance and FMLA? [more inside]
posted by fontophilic on Aug 1, 2013 - 9 answers

Life Gone Wild

Recently, my life went bonkers and now I'm "starting over." [more inside]
posted by Katine on Mar 19, 2013 - 12 answers

Explain Severance Negotiation as if to a 5 y/o

I was just laid off this week. Am still reeling from the shock, crying at odd moments, cycling through grief, despair, relief, hurt. Though many people from the company were let go I was the only person from my department and relatively low level, so it feels quite personal, as if the big layoffs were just an excuse to get rid of me. I will eventually have to come to grips with whether I want to remain in my industry or not but that seems like a decision best delayed to a time when I am calmer. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2013 - 18 answers

Things to think about in a lay-off

I have a feeling that I am going to be laid off at my review next week. Since I suspect that this is coming, I would appreciate any suggestions on what I should say at the review and also, what the next steps I should take are, particularly things that I may not think of or overlook during the somewhat emotional time. Further details on my particular situation inside... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2012 - 13 answers

Moving, or moving on?

My boyfriend of one year just learned that he'll be laid off in the next few months. He's now applying for jobs in our hometown, as well as dream jobs that are halfway across the country. We need to discuss what we'll do if he moves out of state -- Do I go or stay? LDR or break up? -- but I'm trying to sort out my thoughts and feelings about what I want first. What questions should I be asking myself? [more inside]
posted by commander biscuit on Oct 2, 2012 - 17 answers

Can a company's offer of severance pay be withdrawn?

Will my company stop paying me severance if they learn I've already found another job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2012 - 13 answers

What's my next move?

At a work-life crossroads: 23 years old, college grad, getting laid off, about to get married and buy a house, struggling to find the next job, in school but thinking about going back for more degree(s). Seeking general advice on my next steps. [more inside]
posted by wansac on May 18, 2012 - 13 answers

Working full-time for two companies at once.

Working full-time for two companies at once. [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies on Feb 2, 2012 - 20 answers

What should I do to prepare to be unemployed?

It seems increasingly likely that my company is about to go belly up, probably in the next 2-4 months. What should I be doing to prepare for this eventuality? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2011 - 12 answers

It's my party and I won't go if I don't want to

I'm leaving work under less than ideal circumstances, and I don't want a going-away party. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 13, 2011 - 24 answers

If I take another job during a lay-off grace period, is it wrong/illegal/unethical?

I just got notice of my lay-off last week, which will be effective at the end of this month. My company is offering what I think is a great package, but I want to make sure I am taking advantage of it to the fullest. [more inside]
posted by gertzedek on Jul 9, 2011 - 11 answers

Employment or FUNemployment?

Should I take advantage of free time after a layoff, or go charging right back into the work force? [more inside]
posted by mrsshotglass on Mar 1, 2011 - 21 answers

Running into former colleagues after a layoff

Awkward public run-ins with coworkers who survived the company layoffs when you didn't - I need strategies for getting through the situation as gracefully as possible. [more inside]
posted by green_flash on Nov 28, 2010 - 14 answers

To infinity and... where, exactly?

I'm an innovative thinker who got stuck in an engineering box. I'm about to get kicked out of the box. Can you help me find a new box? [more inside]
posted by w00bliette on Aug 2, 2010 - 8 answers

Why yes, I do want my UC cake.

There are many askme questions where answers are given that say "Have you asked to be laid off?". Have you or anyone you know done this successfully? My company is not laying off - when people leave or are let go or retire, they are just redistributing duties and not rehiring. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Jul 12, 2010 - 13 answers

Moving from regular employee to contractor

The short: I've been laid off, but the company wants me to come back as a contractor to finish up a few projects. And I want to finish them. How much money do I ask for as a contractor? Of course, the details are inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 28, 2010 - 17 answers

Job Search Paralysis Thanks to Fear of Inability to Prevent Layoff From Next Job

I've been, for a while, what economists would call a discouraged worker; in most ways I gave up trying. Lately, I'm trying to marshal my spirit, resolve and grit together and get back out onto the job market. One of the biggest emotional problems I'm having is a fear of being let go again within a few months of this hypothetical new hire. It's really demotivating me and sapping the energy out of my efforts. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 17, 2010 - 5 answers

"You can't fire me, I quit!"

I think I might get fired soon. Should I quit so that I don't have that black mark on my resume? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2010 - 23 answers

How Much Job Is No Job?

California unemployment: Where's the threshold for a reduction of hours constituting job loss? [more inside]
posted by gum on Jan 11, 2010 - 4 answers

Welfare options for the formerly middle class?

What kinds of social assistance are available for members of the middle class who get caught in the current economic downturn? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2010 - 20 answers

Hoping for the best, preparing for the worst

Countdown to my annual review--and I'm a freaking out (sort of). What's the best way to get through it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2009 - 8 answers

At least it was a shit job.

In Queensland, Australia: I've been laid off from a job for which I've never had a contract. No notice, no redundancy payments offered, etc. I'm screwed, right? I imagine so, but just checking. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 4, 2009 - 12 answers

What to do when your friends get whacked

Layoffs: my best work buddy and right hand guy at work just got laid off. Have any coping strategies for me? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck on Jan 22, 2009 - 3 answers

Post layoff "career transition program" - any words of advice?

Post layoff "career transition program" workshop, funded by the former employer. More inside, but mostly I just want to know what to expect. [more inside]
posted by 8dot3 on Jan 19, 2009 - 9 answers

Do I ditch the joint or not?

I've been told I will be laid-off in the May to July time frame if no new work happens. I like my job a lot and I really don't want to move, but I like being able to pay my rent more. Turns out there are several jobs that I think I can handily win in another city, but I think they'll all be filled by the time I find out if I will be laid off or not. Do I leave now or hope for the best here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 26, 2008 - 6 answers

Laid off.

I found out that I'm getting laid off and need advice about the whole process. [more inside]
posted by GooseOnTheLoose on Dec 24, 2008 - 18 answers

Unemployment for an unpaid startup co-founder?

Do I qualify for CA unemployment as an unpaid founder of a startup? What if the company goes under or lays me off? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 11, 2008 - 3 answers

What's a good rapid reaction strategy to implement before leaving the office for the last time?

"We're going to have to let you go." What do you do before leaving your boss's office? [more inside]
posted by tenaciousd on Sep 23, 2008 - 23 answers

How to determine the last working day for a laid-off employee

I work for a very small company that has to lay off an employee due to budget restraints. I have heard that in firing someone, the day of firing should be the employee's last day in the office. This protects the company from any harmful backlash. Does this rule hold true for layoffs as well?
posted by binocularfight on Aug 8, 2008 - 17 answers

How to get fired?

Can I request to be laid off? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2008 - 10 answers

If I had said that, I would have been wrong.

I was recently laid off and given only one week's severance. Several people have told me that this is not legal. Could they be right? [more inside]
posted by bingo on May 13, 2008 - 19 answers

Why are we sending work to Canada?

I work for the US division of my company; there are also divisions in Canada and the UK. Recently we laid off a few people, and were told that the work they did would be handled by the Canadian division. But we work with large video files (up to 10GB) so transferring them electronically is reasonably time consuming and often results in transfer failures. So why would my company do this? Why is it desirable for them to lay off people in the US and "send" the work to Canada? [more inside]
posted by The_Partridge_Family on Mar 8, 2008 - 14 answers

Who really owns your cell phone number?

My former employer won't release my personal cell phone number. [more inside]
posted by ad_hominem on Jan 29, 2008 - 18 answers

How to file for unemployment benefits for temporary layoff

How can my husband collect unemployment benefits for temporary layoffs, in Illinois? [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Jan 23, 2008 - 7 answers

What would you do at the crossroads?

After 5 years of working in the US, I was laid off last week. My chances of being able to stay here are slim, and I'm rather upset at the thought of returning to the UK. If you were in my situation, and had a bit of savings, what would you do? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind on Dec 18, 2007 - 12 answers

Quarterly estimated tax?

Recently laid off self-employed partner: should I send September's Quarterly Estimated Tax payment or keep it to buy food for my children? [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Aug 17, 2006 - 11 answers

Here's your check, goodbye

Non-profit worker: how to word a letter of dismissal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 14, 2006 - 7 answers

Can a master's degree be dusted off?

How do I go about getting adjunct prof/tutor/instructor jobs with aging, mostly unused credentials? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 5, 2005 - 6 answers

Where can I find employee layoff/termination letters online (free!).

I'm in the position of having to layoff/terminate several employees due to program structure changes at a small non-profit agency (thus the "free" part, we have a tight budget). I have spent a couple of hours searching for templates for layoff/termination letters online with no luck. Can anyone point me towards a good online source for this?
posted by HuronBob on May 13, 2005 - 6 answers

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