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    Default Who's left/been let go from a job recently? What are your plans?

    Curious, what has everyone been dealing with on the job front, I know so many people who have been laid off or left their jobs recently, myself included. Anyone got big plans? Anyone scrambling with bills with huge housing prices and losing income?

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    sorry to hear it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster View Post
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    sorry to hear it.
    Thanks, I chose to leave my previous position for more flexibility, which so far has worked out.
    Just mostly hearing about a lot of lay offs within my circles, wondering how far reached it is and how people are doing. Or if by choice, what people moved from ---> to, and how it's going.

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    Not sure what industry you are in but for IT in Calgary, there are more people leaving for greener pasture then laid off. The recruitment nightmare actually started around summer last year.

    And from my circle, been seeing a lot of "early" retirement as well with a mix of people who are not onboard of mandatory vax policies to actually being financially more secured because of the pandemic and decided to try something different/less stress.

    To me this smell like late 90s and early 2000s where prolong downturn of 90s haved starved many business of qualified staff and once those quit, there is a huge generation gap that's very hard to fill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xtrema View Post
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    Not sure what industry you are in but for IT in Calgary, there are more people leaving for greener pasture then laid off. The recruitment nightmare actually started around summer last year.

    And from my circle, been seeing a lot of "early" retirement as well with a mix of people who are not onboard of mandatory vax policies to actually being financially more secured because of the pandemic and decided to try something different/less stress.
    My industry (IT/Physical Security) there seems to be a lot of movement lately as well.

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    My only advice is to not quit until you have something else lined up. Seems obvious, but I've definitely seen folks go for several months without work so they would've been better if jumping into a lifeboat rather than jumping into the sea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePenIsMightier View Post
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    My only advice is to not quit until you have something else lined up. Seems obvious, but I've definitely seen folks go for several months without work so they would've been better if jumping into a lifeboat rather than jumping into the sea.
    Pretty much this. It's worse than getting laid off as chances are there is some sort of package (even if it's not that much, it's something).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePenIsMightier View Post
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    My only advice is to not quit until you have something else lined up. Seems obvious, but I've definitely seen folks go for several months without work so they would've been better if jumping into a lifeboat rather than jumping into the sea.
    This is true; it's a challenging market. I went WAY too long without a job prior to my current position.

    I have a deep yet somewhat specific skillset and even though I could have successfully performed many positions that I applied for, the competition of individuals who had specifically done those other jobs before (and were also looking for work), along with uncertainty of Covid for a while made finding a job nearly impossible. Even after the initial scare subsided, I still struggled with finding appropriate employment, and during all this process I burned through about 20g of savings. I had never experienced anything like it before, and it was much more difficult than I could have ever anticipated.

    So yes - make sure you have somewhere to work before you leave, unless you have enough savings to bring you to retirement already. But if you're going to be facing typical bills you need to pay and not a lot of savings, I agree with ThePenIsMightier - it's absolutely best now more than ever to have something else lined up first.

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    I actually left work to take a career break. With a huge demand in the workforce since last year, I do not see any issues landing a role at least here in Alberta.

    It is a great time to check off your bucket list in life (places to visit, trips, hobbies, family).

    It is also a good time to invest in yourself like going back to school, learning something new, and diversifying your skill sets.


    I have been through some tough times and I always make sure that

    a. Always be open to job opportunities and offers when employed
    b. Always have a plan for the what if's in life (losing a job, etc.) and have enough insurance to support you and your family.
    c. Stop buying stupid s*it that does not appreciate in value, unless it's essential

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    Iíve never had more headhunters poking me, and started a newish role last month.
    Originally posted by Thales of Miletus

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    guessing who I might be, psychologizing me with your non existent degree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xtrema View Post
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    Not sure what industry you are in but for IT in Calgary, there are more people leaving for greener pasture then laid off. The recruitment nightmare actually started around summer last year.

    And from my circle, been seeing a lot of "early" retirement as well with a mix of people who are not onboard of mandatory vax policies to actually being financially more secured because of the pandemic and decided to try something different/less stress.

    To me this smell like late 90s and early 2000s where prolong downturn of 90s haved starved many business of qualified staff and once those quit, there is a huge generation gap that's very hard to fill.
    IT here and seeing this at my company as well and they even started to offer more flexibility to WFH to keep people from leaving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by killramos View Post
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    I’ve never had more headhunters poking me, and started a newish role last month.
    Legit roles from the headhunters though that you would actually consider? Or stuff that's kinda crappy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disoblige View Post
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    Legit roles from the headhunters though that you would actually consider? Or stuff that's kinda crappy...
    Mixed bag, there were a few that would have been interesting at the right comp.
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    guessing who I might be, psychologizing me with your non existent degree.

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    If anyone is looking for a job and meets the criteria from the following list send me a PM and we can chat.

    No I am not a recruiter, the company I am with is going through a massive growth phase.

    *Note* some positions have been filled already.

    - E&I Tech
    - VP Digital Strategy
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    - Sr. Design Engineer
    - Director of People and Culture
    - BD Manager - Telecoms
    - Software Developer
    - COO
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    - Warehouse Technician - Located in Balzac
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    Quote Originally Posted by killramos View Post
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    I’ve never had more headhunters poking me, and started a newish role last month.
    Me too. I thought given my management experience that getting another job wouldn't be a challenge, but perhaps WHERE I was a manager had something to do with it. Now that I manage the website for a chain, I guess I appear more marketable now and I get at least a couple solid, qualified inquiries monthly. It's a nice feeling after being unemployed so long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vengie View Post
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    If anyone is looking for a job and meets the criteria from the following list send me a PM and we can chat.

    No I am not a recruiter, the company I am with is going through a massive growth phase.

    *Note* some positions have been filled already.

    - E&I Tech
    - VP Digital Strategy
    - Environmental and Regulatory Advisor / BA
    - Sr. Design Engineer
    - Director of People and Culture
    - BD Manager - Telecoms
    - Software Developer
    - COO
    - Product Design Engineer
    - CFO
    - Principle Engineer
    - Marketing Specialist
    - Technical Sales
    - Outside Sales (Colorado)
    - Outside Sales (Texas)
    - Design Drafter
    - PLC Programmer
    - Warehouse Technician - Located in Balzac
    - Shop Foreman - Located in Balzac
    - Shop Helper - Located in Balzac
    - Shipper and Receiver - Located in Balzac
    - Mechanical Technician - Located in Balzac
    - Journeyman electrician - Located in Balzac
    - Welder x 2 - Located in Balzac
    - Operations Engineer/ Technologist
    Go work with this guy. Good stuff happening there.
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    I almost shat myself after eating way too much at lunch with @killramos so ya, we can start the diaper thread now.

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    I was laid off in June of 2020 with nothing to move to. Got on EI right away (thanks COVID), and started searching. There was nothing for the longest time. Then some drafting jobs started showing up on the websites. Applied for all of them, and got nothing. It got to the point where I had to take a job as a school bus driver once EI ran out. Then a few weeks later was contacted by a company from Toronto that is hiring drafters. Got the job 2 months ago, and working form home. Thank goodness for my wife's stable position (teacher) and savings. We went through about 10k, but we cut back on everything. Hopefully this job plays out well and lasts a long time.

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    If anyone is getting hassled by headhunters, send them my contact info . . . .
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    I almost shat myself after eating way too much at lunch with @killramos so ya, we can start the diaper thread now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExtraSlow View Post
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    If anyone is getting hassled by headhunters, send them my contact info . . . .
    Do you have any skills?
    Originally posted by Thales of Miletus

    If you think I have been trying to present myself as intellectually superior, then you truly are a dimwit.
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    guessing who I might be, psychologizing me with your non existent degree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmc72 View Post
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    I was laid off in June of 2020 with nothing to move to. Got on EI right away (thanks COVID), and started searching. There was nothing for the longest time. Then some drafting jobs started showing up on the websites. Applied for all of them, and got nothing. It got to the point where I had to take a job as a school bus driver once EI ran out. Then a few weeks later was contacted by a company from Toronto that is hiring drafters. Got the job 2 months ago, and working form home. Thank goodness for my wife's stable position (teacher) and savings. We went through about 10k, but we cut back on everything. Hopefully this job plays out well and lasts a long time.
    Lately, I found more and more people getting jobs from GTA while staying put in Calgary. I think the pandemic and insane real estate market out there has open up a bit of opportunities for people outside of GTA as WFH becomes norm.
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