Friday, November 27, 2009

The job is shaky (so are we)

We were surprised by my husband's layoff back in 2006. After 12 years of loyal service, we thought that my husband's management position in the company was solid. After his layoff, we looked back at some signs that showed us that he was losing his place within his department. There were times when he wasn't included or notified of crucial meetings. Upper management did not acknowledge his efforts anymore.

On Wednesday, some of these same signs are starting to surface in my husband's present work environment. Needless to say, we are nervous. My husband's supervisor is known for making hasty, uninformed decisions. He also has no problem cutting jobs in order to save costs. My husband's boss had a really cold "tone" with him on Wednesday.

Please pray that we don't have to go through another layoff. We have no savings left. I hate to see my husband's anxiety now that we try to prepare for the holidays. It took such a toll on the whole family the first time. I remember how my kids were on edge all the time. They could feel our anxiety. It was a very long 2 years of job searching.

We're back in resume preparation mode. Technology management jobs (like all jobs) are few and far between. It was such a difficult job search last time.

Thanks for listening.

30 comments:

Mari said...

I'm sorry you are dealing with this. I'll pray for you.

T Rex Mom said...

Lots of positive thoughts and prayers headed your way.

SwedishJenn said...

Oh no. Definitely praying for you over here. It's great that you're being proactive and starting the search. Better to move on first at the first signs of trouble then wait around for it to happen. Many blessings!

Corrie Howe said...

Have lifted you and yours up in prayer. I hope that there is nothing for you to worry about.

Becca said...

I will definitely keep your and your family in my prayers. I am sure that it is very difficult to deal with that. We worry just because we know what the economy is like. It is really great that y'all are already preparing a resume and all. Good luck!

glnroz said...

I worry, I worry for all of us. You young folks have a long long road to follow. This insanity needs to change. My hopes go to you.

G said...

Will keep thinking positive thoughts for ya. Can completely sympathize about the job related stress as our household is going through a little bit of that right now.

Case in point is that you got me commenting now, since I'm taking the second of my three unpaid furlough days today.

cypress sun said...

hopefully your husband is just hyper-vigilant (as anyone in his situation would be) and there is nothing to worry about.

Q said...

Praying for you!

The Write Girl said...

I'm really sorry to hear the news about your husband. I do hope things work out for the good. Perhaps, an amazing new opportunity is on the way. God bless you and all the best.

shiny mamaof6 said...

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy. ~Leo Buscaglia

I love this quote because it reminds me that if I have joy in my heart I can be free of even my worst fears.

I'm hoping that all works out for your husband and that you have peace in your heart today.

Dan Felstead said...

Septembermom...We have talked about this before but I am in the same boat. After 21 years in the Pharmaceutical business I was downsized in March of 2008. At 60...I can't even get in front of anyone for an interview...IT JUST IS NOT RIGHT! I started my own business but in health care recruiting (pharmacists and physicians)but with the burst of the housing bubble...it has been difficult...folks can't afford to relocate.

But due to my experience in the Health field and recruiting in that area...I might make a suggestion for your husband. I don't know what tech field he is in but he might want to look into the health industry. Due to the government mandating that the health care industry (hospitals, medical center, individual physician offices etc...) move to electronic date processing of medicaid/medicare billings (to cut down on waste and fraud) and all other reporting to the government...a whole new industry is cropping up.

Right now many of the large hospital systems are hiring completely new IT staff to handle the changeover. There are as I am sure you know several large hospital systems in the New York/New Jersey metroplex. They are right now in the process of hiring management and then once management is hired...they will move down the ranks.

For the next 2 to three years this hiring will trickle throughout the Health Care industry for Tech personnel. You can google about the mandated changes and effects on hospital systems because of the government mandates and find info on it.

If you want any info on it...I can also get hold of some links for you as well. Good luck to you and your family...we will pray that your husband keeps his job or finds one soon if the need arises.

Dan

Viv said...

I really feel for you and your family. Praying that things turn out.
I'm sure you will keep us posted.

Hugs, Hugs and more Hugs!!!!

Susan Fobes said...

I think a lot of people get a little tense when the holidays start approaching, so maybe that's what this is all about with your husband's boss.

Ginger Jasper said...

I am so sorry that you are worried. I pray that the vibes are wrong and that the lay off is not going to happen. Please let the power of blog friends help.. You are in my thoughts.. Love Carol x

Jillien said...

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. You will be in my prayers :)

Jenners said...

I'm so so so sorry to hear this ... I'm sure you guys are very anxious and edgy -- especially with the holidays upon us and all the financial pressure that can bring. I'm praying for you with all my might. Sending hugs!

Judith Ellis said...

Dearest Friend,

"And we KNOW that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

--Romans 8:28

However it works out you are called according to his purpose. So, be encouraged. All is
well.

With love to you and yours,

Judith

rachel... said...

Oh boy, Kelly. I'm so sorry you're on edge. And right before the holidays! Ugh. I hope everything works out for the best and know we're here for support when you need us!

Warren Baldwin said...

I'm sorry! I will offer up a prayer on your husbands behalf. God bless.

Diane said...

My father worked at GE for 25 years. He got his gold watch and pink slip in the same week. It is so difficult and at times discouraging. Praying a peace filled holiday season for you and your family. God will provide! :O)

Ann Victor said...

Kelly, so sorry to read that you're living in such a stressful time. The reality of the recession always seems worse when it touches people one knows. And to have this worry just before Christmas - not a happy experience at all! :( Sending mega hugs your way and keeping you in our prayers and thoughts.

Analisa said...

Dear Lord,
Please give Kelly's husband favor. Let all his good work come to mind if a decision has to be made. Open doors of oppourtunity for him and blessings.
Amen.

I have seen so many folks go through this, remember God is your source, he will supply everything you need. Resist the urge to get into fear. Just know you will get through anything together. Stay strong.

H F W said...

Praying, Kelly! E-mail me his resume; my hubby is in IT at a rather large worldwide company.

Fresh Mommy said...

Praying for you guys. Definitely an unsure place to be. Keep your head up, and good job with the prep work, always better to be prepared. Praying you all have favor... and a blessed Christmas. :)

Life, Uncharted. said...

Sorry to hear about what's going on. I can't tell you not to worry because with a family and bills it is natural to be stressed. Hopefully your husband will not be laid off again. I think he is doing the right thing by job hunting now instead of waiting. Sadly, nothing in life is guaranteed except the inevitable. This is the time to stand in faith with your husband. Ask Him for direction daily until you see it.

Herb of Grace said...

I'll be praying for y'all for sure... What a rotten time of year to have to be worrying about this!

Mandy's Life After 30 said...

Kelly - my husband is an I.T. Manager here in Florida. If you want him to take a look at your husband's resume, please let me know. Or just email it to me at littlebit.mandy@gmail.com - I'm very serious. Kirk has over ten years experience and he's been able to cross over from a contractor position to a civilian employee with the federal government (which is permanent job security). He may have some tips for your family to gain some stability. Don't hesitate to contact me. I mean it! :-) Hugs and hang in there!

christy rose said...

Kelly,
I am praying for you and your family now! I am asking God to prepare you for whatever He has in store for you and your family and that if it is time for your husband to move on that he opens his eyes to see the next position of employment that he has for him and has it prepared for him to step into at the proper time it will be needed. We went through the same changing of employers last year at this time and God paved the way for a better position for my husband than the one he had before he even missed one day of work from unemployment. Truly, God is our provider!!!

Don said...

Arrgggg...