I lost my job today......

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Blog entry by Grant Davis posted 01-08-2009 12:08 AM 3915 reads 0 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This morning at 8:15AM my boss came to my office and asked me to come with him. We went to his office where the HR Manager was waiting for us. He shut the door and I was given the news that my position was being eliminated and I was losing my job. Just 25 days short of 20 years of service.

We were told before Christmas at a plant meeting there was going to be a work force reduction in early January. I never dreamed at the time I would have anything to worry about. However as time progressed over the holidays I could see the writing on the wall, I was intentionally held out of meetings I would normally be a part of with the other supervisors and my boss started giving me the cold shoulder. I’m finding out that all together they got rid of 9 people today.

OH well, life goes on and I will hit the ground running. I have a good support system in my family and friends. I’m looking forward to sleeping in for a few days and doing some work around the house. I’m already making calls to put feelers out, checking into unemployment and the ex wife even told me this morning that we could suspend my child supposrt for a while if I need to do so.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#1 posted 01-08-2009 12:24 AM

You have my prayer, brother.

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#2 posted 01-08-2009 12:27 AM

Sorry to hear about your bad news . It is always tough to start over but thats what makes us all stronger in the end . Who knows it could also be the best thing that ever happen to you in time .

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#3 posted 01-08-2009 12:38 AM

20 years…wow. That will be a major change. Best of luck to you.

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#4 posted 01-08-2009 12:43 AM


I’m sorry to hear about your job loss. Unfortunately, you’ve got a lot of company these days. Hopefully, this is really just something to pave the way for a better opportunity.

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#5 posted 01-08-2009 12:56 AM

Sorry to hear about your job loss. After 20 years with the same company it is hard to understand. I got downsized from Sears quite a few years ago after 26years. Hang in there and keep your chin up.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#6 posted 01-08-2009 01:16 AM

That sucks are you eligible for a pension?

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#7 posted 01-08-2009 01:16 AM

It.s a shame that they cut the guys with the most seniority, because that is where they save the most money (in the short term). In the long run, companies only hurt themselves by cutting their best employees.

Good luck!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 01-08-2009 01:18 AM

Sorry to hear…..keep your chin up!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#9 posted 01-08-2009 01:31 AM

As one door closes, another opens.

Yes, you’ve heard it before but with your positive attitude and your family behind you you will see that it’s true.

Stay open to any opportunity. After 20 years, change may seem difficult but it will ultimately bring you a new sense of accomplishment and rewards.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#10 posted 01-08-2009 01:31 AM

It’s A new beginning ! Some day you will look back, a think what was I so worried about. What kind of work do you do? Good Luck!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#11 posted 01-08-2009 01:32 AM

sorry to hear that you lost your job but at least you will get more time in your workshop but good luck for the future


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#12 posted 01-08-2009 01:36 AM

Geez Grant, sorry to hear that, and our beloved Buckeyes blew the game too. Rotten week for you. My wife was downsized right before Christmas after 23 years with the company she worked for. I have to keep reminding her that she didn’t get fired, she was downsized, big difference. So don’t take the loss of your job as a reflection on your competence or worthiness. If you were there 20 years, you were good at what you did. Use your friends and family and lean on us if you need to, we are here for you.

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#13 posted 01-08-2009 01:44 AM

My heart goes out to you – but at least you have a good network and an ex that is willing to cut you enough slack to get back on you feet.
Sure you had a lot of seniority but being in your early 40’s isn’t going to hurt you like it would if you were 55+ and looking.
Also, though the bad economy makes the search a bit harder – you also won’t have such a stigma about why the company picked your position to eliminate.

Time to regroup and then go back after it. Make sure that you have recovered from the shock and bitterness before you interview – because any hint of negativity that comes out in the interview will sink you. So make sure you are really ready to get back on the horse BEFORE you make any new ‘first impressions’ with potential employers. So go out have a few too many, curse the wind etc, but be sure you get it out before you hit the job trail.
I’m in central kansas, and Philips is doing OK, but in town there are the Lear jet manufacturers that are heavily downsizing here – so we have seen some applicants that have come in and trashed their former employer (perhaps rightly) rather than say Lear jets aren’t exactly selling like hotcakes these days so adjustments had to be made – - they didn’t get hired here as it was felt their complaints would ‘poison’ our workforce.

All the best as you move forward.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#14 posted 01-08-2009 01:54 AM

Grant, sorry to hear about the downsizing….I know the feeling, but I’m in the 55+ group and my ex gets $1500 a month, if I quit paying her, even one month….she goes under too. Times are tough, but I believe it will turn around. I just need to decide WHAT occupation to go after now, I CAN’T go back to mine. Anyway, good luck, and keep us informed. yoda.

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#15 posted 01-08-2009 01:59 AM

Grant Sorry to hear about that. It happened twice to me. Once after 23 years and another after 13 years.

Our prayers are with you thast you will find something fast.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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