What to do when you’re let go

What to do when you’re let go

Note: I started this post a while ago. Little did I know that I’d soon be following my own advice! Following the acquisition of my former company, I found myself in the job market at the beginning of the summer. I can tell you firsthand that having this checklist was a great help to me. I was even able to test and refine my own advice as I went through the process. Enjoy! the Context Unfortunately, a big part of the HR gig is “forced transitioning” of people out of the company, whether for performance, restructuring, fit, or cause. I’ve had to terminate people with whom I’ve pulled all-nighters at work, people who were poached s, and people who I game with on the weekends. It’s a nasty business, but you learn to compartmentalize and see things...

Mid-year update

Mid-year update

So the year’s (past) halfway done. What do I have to show for it? How, you ruminate quietly to yourself, have I been progressing on my January commitments? Well, here’s my midterm report: GoalGradeStick to the 30-day ruleBLimit book purchasesFSelf-publish one ebookC+Get up early or die tryingAGive school its due attentionB-Keep up with going to the gymBRead fewer depressing booksAMid-term GPA2.67   Ooof. My life is uncomfortably close to academic probation! I’ve never had a GPA remotely close to that, so it’s pretty humbling. Wanna dive in?     Stick to the 30-day rule Current Grade: B I was doing pretty well here through the end of March. Impulse buys were limited, and a good $500 was saved by using my 30-day doc. However,...

Job Search: Numbers and Thoughts

Job Search: Numbers and Thoughts

After I was let go from my previous position in May, I decided to keep track of some stuff. Just for kicks.   By the numbers | Create Infographics     My First Week   Day 1 (Monday) I came home and told Sarah. Because of my (former) company’s security policies, my phone and tablet were wiped, so I restored those to the most recent backups. We had family coming over in an hour, so we spent the night chatting, eating, and watching Liam be adorable. The main objectives of the night: distance and perspective. My cardinal rule was to not tackle any to dos. No reviewing documents, no phone calls to break the news, and (for the love of God) no social media. A handful of concerned friends from work reached out to me when they heard through the...

Best. Secret Santa. Ever.

Best. Secret Santa. Ever.

If you’ve never heard of Reddit’s annual Secret Santa program, here’s the skinny: every December, participants join together to create a record-breaking Secret Santa program. You draw a name, and mail them a gift. You answer a few questions about what you like, and you get a gift. It’s that simple. And it gives you a chance to meet some nice people. This year was the first year in which I participated (being relatively late to the Reddit scene). I was matched up to a great individual, a very active redditor, and did my best to live up to the hype (and, honestly, thought I did a pretty great job). Then, my Secret Santa‘s gifts started arriving, and I realized that I was an amateur. A package arrived before Christmas, which was...

Operation: 2014

Operation: 2014

I’ve taken a leaf out of Sarah’s book and decided that New Year’s resolutions are to be decided by the end of the month of January. After all, if you’re really going to commit to something, you should give the idea time to marinate (and Lord knows you don’t have time to let anything marinate between the end of November and the first week of January). By the end of the month, you’ve theoretically weeded out the impulse resolutions and are left with what you really want. Anyway, here are mine. I tend to make two kinds of goals: specific, SMART objectives (“Concrete” resolutions) and general things I’d like to keep in mind (“Trajectory” resolutions).   Concrete   Stick to the 30-day rule In...

Affordable Care Act sample exchange notice

Affordable Care Act sample exchange notice

As you’re (hopefully) aware, the deadline is looming to get the PPACA exchange notices distributed to your employees. I decided to send the notice out last week in order to avoid missing the October 1st date. However, sending the notice out of the blue would be (to put it gently) abrupt. There’s still a lot of fear, uncertainty, and doubt around the ACA, so I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to provide context to the issue in concrete, understandable, and concise terms. Not wanting to spend my time re-inventing the wheel, I decided to search the web for sample exchange notice communication to use as a template. There were plenty of articles reinforcing employer requirements and links to the DoL’s sample notices. There were even...

How to topple a Republic

How to topple a Republic

After finishing a 15 hour audiobook on the fall of the Roman Republic, I am taking away the following information. Digest it how you will.   What do historians consider to be “the causes of death” for the Roman Republic? Wealth disparity grew to out-of-control levels. This led to political unrest and, eventually, violence. The new merchant class, quickly becoming wealthy as Rome opened up new frontiers, began being a power unto themselves. They challenged the legitimacy of the legislature as a governing body, regulating it instead of being regulated by it. Corruption in the legislature. Due to many years of prosperity, massive amounts of money flooded the empire. Much of this wealth was eventually funnelled into the political system, ultimately...

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