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Losing my job

Friday, December 5th, 2008

I found out a couple of days ago that the company where I’ve worked for the past two and a half years is folding. Well, sort of: really, it’s mostly being absorbed by another company. However, that company does not need a Web developer. This means that come the first of the year, I’ll be out of a job. Thankfully, I think most of my coworkers are safe.

So, I’ve sent out some applications locally, but there aren’t a lot of openings in my field. I’ve also considered going the consulting route; I could probably pick up a client or two who used to use my company’s development services, and do projects for them on a contract basis. If I could find another client or two, I could be in decent shape.

I’ve also considered reinventing myself. I could be a clown makeup artist, a jukebox repairman, or maybe even a garbage man. Any suggestions out there?

Seriously, if anyone out there knows someone who needs a Web developer, either in the Wilkes-Barre, PA area, or in a telecommuting scenario, let me know!

13 Responses to “Losing my job”

  1. Ray Says:

    Sorry to hear it. The good news is, there are jobs to be had, even in this economy. But your new full time job is going to be looking for a full time job. I hope your LinkedIn page is up to date.

  2. Jennifer Says:

    Goodness, if I had any suggestions, I wouldn’t be in my own mess.

    Hang in there. I hope stuff works out.

  3. Eric Says:

    Wow, I’m so sorry! Best of luck. I’ll probably be looking too by mid 2009 when my jobs end. Stupid recession.

  4. Bone Says:

    That sucks.

    If I were you, I’d take a look at the Bethlehem – Allentown – Easton area. There seems to be a lot more tech jobs in that area than in the Scranton – Wilkes Barre area. That would probably require you to move again, though.

    You could always try to find work at a bike shop. 🙂

  5. furiousBall Says:

    i’m gonna send you more info on monday and there’s also some side work i might have for ya

  6. Tim Says:

    Damn, damn, damn. No wisdom, but I’ll be trying to send good vibes your way.

  7. Jon Grinder Says:

    Bummer. Good luck on the job hunt.

  8. sharpe Says:

    Came across your blog on the KC bike commuter. Sorry to hear about your lay off, but that usually means a better one is just around the corner. I saw that you have ridden in the Brown County area, awesome. I live in the area and feel blessed every day by the beauty of it. Good luck on the job search.

  9. Doug Says:

    Sorry about the job evaporating. I wish you luck finding employment.

  10. scott Says:

    Hi–just saw this. Sorry to hear about the job–I hope you’re having some luck finding work.

    scott

  11. Dave Says:

    Ouch. Sorry to hear that. The one time it happened to me I was given about an hours notice. You got off a little better than that, but not much. Good luck in the hunt!!

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  13. Marty Says:

    Not sure how I missed this one – sorry about the job thing, dude. That sucks!

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