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August 28th, 2009
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I'm Out of a Job
So, for those who know me fannishly: I've been working for NYC's health department the past six years and change, in the IT Division but doing emergency management work. I managed a web site for doctors and other medical providers on urgent and emergent public health issues, did emergency planning and business continuity planning for our systems and application development, sent out alerts to medical providers at all hours of day and night and did a bunch of other emergency-related activities that touch on computer systems in one way or another. It was an odd-ball job - sort of half IT and half public health. It's a tough, tough time and I have certainly worried about losing my job, but my sense of job security - such as it was - came from the belief that they knew they needed somebody to do my job and knew that no one else would do it. It's too public health-y for IT people and too computer-y for public health people. It was perfect for me. I loved the work, enjoyed working with most of my colleagues, felt I was doing something worthwhile.

I lost my job today. No warning, no severance, no explanation other than "your services are no longer required." I'm reeling. I can't imagine how I'll find another job at my age and in this economy.

Current Mood: devastated

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From:davidfcooper
Date:August 28th, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
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*hug*

When (I hope not if) health care reform gets signed into law there may be just such a health+IT job created on the Federal level or at one of the proposed "regional health care co-operatives."
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From:mofic
Date:August 29th, 2009 11:19 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the hope, David.
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From:undomielregina
Date:August 28th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
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oh man, I'm sorry. That really sucks.
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From:mofic
Date:August 29th, 2009 11:19 am (UTC)
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Thanks.
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From:daybright
Date:August 28th, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC)
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I am sorry to hear that
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From:executrix
Date:August 28th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
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I'm so sorry to hear this! It's terrible and unfair and not right.

FWIW I think you would make a wonderful private Geriatric Care Manager (GCM), and you could quickly get up to speed--there's no licensing requirement, and if you decide to take this route I could give you some leads on learning what you need and marketing your services.
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From:mofic
Date:August 29th, 2009 11:21 am (UTC)
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I'd love to talk to you about that, Dana. I'm taking the weekend off to be miserable, but starting Monday morning I'm making a full time job out of doing what I need to do to try to get something.
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From:lilacsigil
Date:August 28th, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
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Oh, that's terrible. I'm so sorry!
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From:mofic
Date:August 29th, 2009 11:21 am (UTC)
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Thanks.
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From:lunabee34
Date:August 28th, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
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Oh man. I cannot imagine how you are feeling.

If there's anything I can do (proofing job letters, etc), let me know.

*hugs*
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From:shayheyred
Date:August 28th, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
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This makes me so angry - the no warning, no severance, no explanation. Seriously, how dare they?!
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From:mofic
Date:August 29th, 2009 11:21 am (UTC)
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I know, but they dare. Apparently that's the way it's done in city government if you're not in a union.
From:thelastgoodname
Date:August 28th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
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Oh my goodness, what a shock! And how horrid as well; I'm terribly sorry.
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From:mofic
Date:August 29th, 2009 11:21 am (UTC)
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Thanks.
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From:mofic
Date:August 29th, 2009 11:22 am (UTC)
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I'll take that hug! Love you, too.
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From:libgirl
Date:August 29th, 2009 12:34 am (UTC)
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I am so sorry to hear this. I can't believe they didn't give you a severance package, for some reason I thought they were required to. :(

I'm thinking good thoughts and hoping that something new/better comes through for you. :(
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From:mofic
Date:August 29th, 2009 11:23 am (UTC)
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Some industries are required to provide severance. When I worked in brokerage they had to give you *eight weeks* notice or severance. But city government has protections only for unionized employees, and I'm not.
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From:mofic
Date:August 29th, 2009 11:23 am (UTC)
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Thanks.
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From:chimosa
Date:August 29th, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)
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I am so so sorry!! I cannot believe they did that to you, its absolutely unbelievable- no severance even? That is terrible.
I don't really know what to say, but you know if you need someone to talk to or anything, I'm always here. I mean, I know this is the last thing you want to hear but God does have a plan and even though you can't see it now, you know you'll get through this and probably get a job even more perfect then you imagined
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From:partly_bouncy
Date:August 29th, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
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You have my sympathy. Kind of been there recently. It just sucks. :( The economy is awful and nothing to feel optimistic about. :(
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From:mofic
Date:August 29th, 2009 11:23 am (UTC)
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No, not optimistic at all. It wouldn't be so bad if I didn't have people depending on me.
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From:rae_1985
Date:August 29th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
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I am so sorry. *hugs* I wish there was more I could say, or something I could do. Stay strong.
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From:mofic
Date:August 29th, 2009 11:23 am (UTC)
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Thanks.
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From:opera142
Date:August 29th, 2009 02:12 am (UTC)
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I'm sorry to hear this. I hope your job search goes well.
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From:mofic
Date:August 29th, 2009 11:24 am (UTC)
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Thanks, me too.
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From:wneleh
Date:August 29th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
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!!! This is the last thing I expected to see this evening!

I may be more coherent later; right now, I've got nothing, beyond a sense that NYC's health department must really be hurting, and will be in worse shape for not having you there.
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From:st_crispins
Date:August 29th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
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I was shocked to see this. Wow. How awful.

I'm so sorry.
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From:ringthebells
Date:August 29th, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
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Wow, that sucks. Really, really sucks. Gah.

Wish I had more to offer than sympathy and internet hugs, but anyway: *hug*

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From:mofic
Date:August 29th, 2009 11:28 am (UTC)
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I'll take the hugs.
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From:hominysnark
Date:August 29th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
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Well that sucks out loud.

But I really think that finding another job will be, if not a cakewalk, not that difficult for someone with your specialized skill set. Healthcare-related jobs are only going to be increasing in the near future.

*hugs*
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From:mofic
Date:August 29th, 2009 11:29 am (UTC)
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I don't really have health care-related skills. More public health and fringes of IT, and a lot of years in finance that are too long ago to count. Anyway, I hope you're right.
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From:alldoubtaboutit
Date:August 29th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
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Huh, that's really rude. The economy isn't looking good at all, I truly hope you can find something to tide you through until it picks up, and that your experience will work in your favour.
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From:mofic
Date:August 29th, 2009 11:29 am (UTC)
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Thanks.
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From:gaelushawk
Date:August 29th, 2009 03:32 am (UTC)
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you're the third person I know who was affected, directly or indirectly, by a dismissal from work, today.


I'm sorry, I know we don't "know" really, but I know the situation you're going through is very unfair and very difficult.


:: excuse me for my grammar mistake::
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From:rachel_martin64
Date:August 29th, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)
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I'm very sorry. You are in my thoughts.
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From:mofic
Date:August 29th, 2009 11:29 am (UTC)
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Thanks.
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From:barb_krasnoff
Date:August 29th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
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Oh, gawd -- that completely, thoroughly, utterly stinks.

Take a breath. Let yourself go this weekend. Make a voodoo doll of your former boss and stick lots of pins into it. Then on Monday, take care of the necessary details (unemployment, etc.) and start talking to friends and colleagues. You've got good skills; you'll find some way to use them.
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From:mofic
Date:August 29th, 2009 11:30 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I'm only going to wallow this weekend. I've never applied for unemployment before - I always felt that it was for those who really needed it and if I didn't find a job by the time my severance ran out, I'd apply. Well, with no severance I'll figure out how to apply on Monday.
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From:niennah
Date:August 29th, 2009 08:31 am (UTC)
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I am so sorry to hear that. How can they let you go so suddenly? Is there not legal protection? I guess obviously not, given the circumstances. It's really not right at all.
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From:mofic
Date:August 29th, 2009 11:32 am (UTC)
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There's only legal protection for unionized employees. I used to be in a union but they changed my title to a management one because I work long hours and they were technically in violation since I wasn't paid overtime. I didn't get any more money for being management and lost union protection, but if I had not agreed to it, they would have fired me last year (but it would have taken longer).
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From:brak666
Date:August 29th, 2009 10:22 am (UTC)
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Damn, that's awful. I hope you do find something soon.
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From:mofic
Date:August 29th, 2009 11:32 am (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:lunamazes
Date:August 29th, 2009 10:32 am (UTC)
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Can they do that?? Just dismiss you like that. Is that even legal??
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From:mofic
Date:August 29th, 2009 11:33 am (UTC)
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Yes, unfortunately it's legal.
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