Thanks for all the responses and support. After I hung up from "the call" with my manager yesterday, I didn't want to tell anyone (still don't) -- except you guys at lotustalk.
Originally Posted by dasmoofler et al.
Try searching J2EE at indeed.com. There are a lot of openings by my zip.
Will do. Thanks.
Originally Posted by charliex
sucks man, i'll keep my ear out, the casinos hire a few j2ee guys.
Thanks. I've always wanted to be part of a big "family."
Originally Posted by Chris Mackey
Did you go all "barbarian" on the fools?
No. When skinny barbarian's go off (see my sig), no one takes us seriously.
Originally Posted by biscoradio
Are you willing to relocate to the Chicago area?
I'm very interested in relocating anywhere south of here. Chicago isn't too much further, but I'll entertain ANY offer.
Originally Posted by Valenz
Did you remember to add welding to your CV?
I don't think I've reached that skill level yet.
Originally Posted by John
Conan - don't you work for IBM?
Yes. IBM doesn't take laying off people lightly, so I know this is a very bad sign for everyone in my position.
I actually feel bad for my teammate. We are/were the only 2 guys making up the UI team on a project that goes Gold in March. As it was, both of us were going to have to work our asses off to meet that deadline. Now, I don't see how he's going to make it by himself.
As far as unemployment goes, that's a serious last resort. I hate the very idea of it. If I don't find employment before my last day, I'll milk my severance package for everything it's worth while I find a job.
On the bright side: My wife DOES have a good job. Worst case scenario would be me going on unemployment while looking for a job, selling all the toys (race car, trailer, Lotus
) and cutting all other non-essential bills (athletic club, DTV, etc). Hopefully it won't come to that. But if it does, I think we'll be ok. Just REALLY don't want to be on unemployment.
Thanks again, all, for the support.