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I was Mordred writes, "I've been out of work for a while now... however, every cloud must have a silver lining. Tell us your stories of the upside to unemployment."

You can tell us about the unexpected downsides too if you want.

(, Fri 3 Apr 2009, 10:02)
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See ya losers
My last place wanted to make some of the Senior Developers redundant. They didn't want to let us know how many redundancies they had in mind. One person had already decided to leave.

In the meeting to discuss the redundancy process the management was asked what if we *all* wanted to take redundancy? This left them pretty dumb struck and at which point I thought "f*ck it, I'm not leaving my fate in their hands" and decided to take the redundancy package. Not much point in staying for the rest of the meeting so I went back to my desk.

Shortly after, another employee asked for redundancy, the management got scared and closed the book before anyone else could put their name down.

One of the developers was on holiday at the time and I think he was pretty miffed not to be at least given the choice.

I then made it my job to get a new job and spent the next two weeks busting my balls looking. I think putting a positive spin on my redundancy story provided a good anecdode during my interviews and I secured a job pretty swiftly.

I bought a nice recliner sofa with some of the payoff and sometimes recline and reflect on my efforts. Brave, stupid, or a bit of both perhaps??!! Completely out of character but decidedly one of the finer things I have done in my life.

I'm keen to read past page 4 of 'The Art of Quitting' book that's sitting on my bookshelf to see if it contains a similar story.
(, Fri 3 Apr 2009, 14:35, closed)

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