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Information and advice for current employees from HP Alumni.


If you will be leaving HP shortly. For more mutual help on these topics and many others, join the HP Alumni Association. You are eligible to join the HP Alumni Association if you were formerly a regular, direct employee of Hewlett-Packard, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, or HP Inc. – or have a defined retirement or termination date. Thanks to the HPAA's Supporting Members, there is no charge to join the HPAA.


Establish your personal network. Powerful while at HP -- and you may need it later:

Members talk about LinkedIn -- why you need a strong LinkedIn profile even when you aren't looking for a job.

Check your LinkedIn profile. As part of the split, HP changed the personal profiles of many former and current employees to display the Hewlett Packard Enterprise logo, rather than the Hewlett-Packard logo, for past positions. This may not be what you want. How to check and correct your profile

To get the most from LinkedIn, use HPAA's LinkedIn Tips.  HP-focused video -- "Building and Leveraging Your LinkedIn Profile." Improve your chances of being found on LinkedIn.

▪ Join the 81,000-member HP Connections LinkedIn Group to reconnect with former co-workers inside or outside HP -- they know you and they know your work. LinkedIn helps you find current and former HPers in your area -- or where you would like to work. (HPAA membership not required.)

Professional and social networking -- directory of 190 Professional and social groups for alumni and current employees of HP.


Move from company to personal PC and email. For privacy reasons now -- and impossible to do quickly if you retire or leave.

Personal business on company systems. No matter where you work, what your job situation, or how innocent your activities -- there are serious legal and privacy issues with using your employer's IT facilities for your personal business. The email accounts and files (and the email and file backup archives -- which may cover years) all legally belong to your employer, not to you. Emails that you wish to receive may be inadvertently discarded as spam or phishing by the company firewall. There are also identity-theft and data-loss risks.

How to set up professional email. Advice from HPAA members on getting a private email account on Yahoo Mail, Google Gmail, or Microsoft Outlook.com -- and choosing a professional email username.


Plan for transition when you retire or if you leave:

ASAP Checklist. What you need to do before losing access to HP internal systems and in the following few weeks.

Questions to ask if you are offered the "Golden Boot" Pragmatic advice from Jane Bryant Quinn.

"What I wish I had known before I left HP"

▪ Advice from HPAA members on job hunting -- inside or outside HP.

▪ How much notice to give on retirement -- at any company. Advice from HPAA members.

Restrictions on returning to HP as a direct employee, as a contractor, or through an agency.


References recommended by HP alumni:

Social Security. Slides from the August 2016 HPAA Social Security presentation and webinar. Member advice from an ex-HP perspective.

▪ "You're no longer nailed to your job in order to get health insurance" (AARP membership not required.)

▪ If not 65 yet: A “qualifying life event” gives you a limited “special enrollment period” to purchase health insurance under the ACA: www.healthcare.gov

▪ If approaching 65: "Medicare and You" Download a searchable pdf copy from the official Medicare site. Especially see the very helpful flowchart on page 16 and the table on page 69.


Information and links specifically for people from HP predecessor or spinoff companies:

Agilent   Compaq    EDS   Keysight   Tandem



▪ Join the "HP Remembrance" email distribution list to receive obituary announcements of current and former HP employees (HPAA membership not required.)


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