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Old April 24 2013, 02:37 AM   #16
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Hope everything works out for you and your father Warped9.
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Old April 24 2013, 03:25 AM   #17
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Best of luck, Warped9. You may not realize it now, but six months severance is unusual in most any field. Most people get no severance at all.

My best for your dad, too.
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Old April 24 2013, 03:35 AM   #18
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Warped 9, did they give you a recommendation letter? often when one is laid-off, as well as providing severance, a recommendation letter is included to help ease the transition to new employment.. If not, perhaps you can contact your manager to provide you one..
every little bit helps.. And get those resumes out NOW..it only takes a few minutes to send em out via email...and it won't interfere with your father's care too much for you to do a low level job search while you digest all that's happened to you..

Good thoughts to you and your dad.. I'm pulling for you..
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Old April 24 2013, 03:47 AM   #19
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Warped 9, did they give you a recommendation letter? often when one is laid-off, as well as providing severance, a recommendation letter is included to help ease the transition to new employment.. If not, perhaps you can contact your manager to provide you one..
every little bit helps.. And get those resumes out NOW..it only takes a few minutes to send em out via email...and it won't interfere with your father's care too much for you to do a low level job search while you digest all that's happened to you..

Good thoughts to you and your dad.. I'm pulling for you..
Thank you. Part of my situation is also living in a small town. I'm not really sure what the job situation will be like. Perhaps I can look into more unconventional options rather than more common positions most everyone will go for. It might take me a few days to get my bearings I think. Tomorrow I will go to Services Canada and inquire about applying for employment insurance benefits for the interim, something I haven't done for decades.
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Old April 24 2013, 03:56 AM   #20
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Warped 9, did they give you a recommendation letter? often when one is laid-off, as well as providing severance, a recommendation letter is included to help ease the transition to new employment.. If not, perhaps you can contact your manager to provide you one..
every little bit helps.. And get those resumes out NOW..it only takes a few minutes to send em out via email...and it won't interfere with your father's care too much for you to do a low level job search while you digest all that's happened to you..

Good thoughts to you and your dad.. I'm pulling for you..
Thank you. Part of my situation is also living in a small town. I'm not really sure what the job situation will be like. Perhaps I can look into more unconventional options rather than more common positions most everyone will go for. It might take me a few days to get my bearings I think. Tomorrow I will go to Services Canada and inquire about applying for employment insurance benefits for the interim, something I haven't done for decades.
Good luck with Service Canada.

There have been numerous news reports how the waiting times for EI have gone up since the last federal election.

The only thing is they may require you to wait until your severance money runs out before putting you onto EI but maybe you can at least get the process started if the need arises you can get the money straight away rather than having to wait once the severance money runs out.
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Old April 24 2013, 08:53 AM   #21
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I was never fond of Best Buy buying Future Shop about twelve years ago. Over the years they did seem to operate in a mostly hands-off manner, but I think trouble began to be in the offing when BB bought a lot of those (then) closed Circuit City stores in the States. After that there was the crash of '08 and BB seems to have been reeling ever since. BB of Canada started to hurt and then FS started to feel it.

It's going to be very hard to maintain decent staff morale after today particularly in a smaller store like mine and I suspect this has been happening in other stores as well.
I was one of the many laid off when Circuit City closed down in late 2008 (3 days before Christmas was the last day for my store) so I know how you feel. We found out in mid October '08 and it was just a devastating blow. I had been there for about 4 years so I can only imagine having been there for 13. The place had become a home away from home for me so it was rough to see it go.

If it helps, the job I went to after CCity closing was the place where I met my wife, and had they never gone out of business I never would have stepped foot in that store. Just something to think about if you need some optimism.
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Old April 24 2013, 09:09 AM   #22
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Yesterday was a bright and sunny and lovely Spring day and it felt good to be outside...yet the rest of the day tasted like ashes. Tomorrow rain in forecast for most of the day...yet might it be better?

I don't know.

It's going on 4:30 AM and tomorrow is a blank slate. I've never been in this position before. Not like this. I'm not sure what to do tomorrow.

The fact that six others besides me were let go yesterday tells me there is some serious shit going on at FS head office in Vancouver. My whole (former) department has been gutted. Poor planning and poor judgement have caught up with them and we're the latest victims. And all they kept were twenty year old kids and inexperienced part-timers. Morale of those remaining will be shit. Good luck to putting on a happy face for those customers coming through the door.
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Old April 24 2013, 12:43 PM   #23
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The fact that six others besides me were let go yesterday tells me there is some serious shit going on at FS head office in Vancouver. My whole (former) department has been gutted. Poor planning and poor judgement have caught up with them and we're the latest victims. And all they kept were twenty year old kids and inexperienced part-timers. Morale of those remaining will be shit. Good luck to putting on a happy face for those customers coming through the door.
That's what happened at my last job. Years of missing budget targets, investing in a doomed product, failing to engage with market trends, and holding onto subpar personnel really hurt them. They (the investors) brought in a new CEO, one of the slash-and-burn types whose job it is to cut the company down to a profitable state. They canned about a third of the company through a series of RIFs, though there was one big one, and that's the one that got me.

The company really needed a lot of the people that were let go. Some were brought back as contractors. Some told the company to fuck off. Various people left on their own. Morale was very poor, as people had to pick up the slack of those who'd been released, while worrying they could be next on the chopping block.

It's been about four years, now. The new CEO is out, and one of the original founders is back in. Some of the people who'd been let go or left have gone back. They say it's not quite the same company, but they are still glad to be there.

As for myself, I worked at that company for seven years, and it was a good job to me. It gave me a lot of skills that serve me well in my current position. I moved from Indiana to New Jersey for this job, and my life has changed a lot. I can't see myself going back. Things are just too different now, and I feel like that part of my life is over and not something I should try to get back.

Losing your job after having it for a long time is indeed scary and unsettling, but if you look at it as an opportunity rather than a burden, you can really put your life in a new direction and take advantage of it.
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Old April 24 2013, 03:54 PM   #24
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That really sucks Warped9. Best of luck getting back on your feet.

By the way, did you ever work with someone named Guy at your store?
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Old April 24 2013, 04:27 PM   #25
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By the way, did you ever work with someone named Guy at your store?
Yes. Guy Tessier is a friend who also lives just down the street from me. I was at his place yesterday for a bit as we talked about things.
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Old April 24 2013, 04:32 PM   #26
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Ha! I'm good friends with his bother Alain!
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Old April 24 2013, 05:42 PM   #27
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Ha! I'm good friends with his bother Alain!
Is Alain the one living with them for a bit now? If so then I've met him a couple of times.
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Old April 24 2013, 05:50 PM   #28
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Yup. He moved out there a little while ago. Small world!
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Old April 24 2013, 06:36 PM   #29
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Yup. He moved out there a little while ago. Small world!
Guy just messaged me about someone named Andrew calling him.
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Old April 25 2013, 05:13 AM   #30
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It's hard after so long. My husband was laid off after 31 years with his company this month. Luckily he saw it coming and had lined up another job and the timing worked out well enough for him to get severance too. He wasn't the only one let go either.

Best of luck in your job search. Hope it leads to something better!
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