Job Hunting - Member Advice
Advice from HPAA members on
job searching -- inside or outside HP.
(Updated November 8, 2017.)
Companies need to
make room for
the next generation.
"...we need to return to a labor pyramid that really looks like
a triangle where you have a lot of early career people who bring a
lot of knowledge who you're training to move up through your
organization, and then people fall out either from a performance
perspective or whatever... It also helps us from a cost
perspective... Changing the shape of your labor pyramid takes a
couple of years, but we are on it... we put in place an informal
rule... when you are replacing someone, really think about the new
style of IT skills."
--Meg Whitman, CEO of HPE, DXC board member, and former chairman of
HPI. (full comment)
spending most of your time searching outside the company -- you are a stronger
candidate while still employed. Very few members report finding an
internal job during their "redeployment period." Many report losing critical time and wasting
valuable energy on discussions
about internal jobs that ended abruptly without explanation.
Advice and info on
returning to HPI, HPE, DXC, or Micro Focus -- including informal
and formal restrictions.
LinkedIn to reconnect with people you worked with in the past. You will be surprised at the
help some will give.
"Don't be shy about contacting each and every manager and friend you
know and asking them if they know anyone who might be hiring. I know
that's obvious, but hey, some techies are introverted and sort of
reclusive. This is no time for that."
Searching for the Mature Worker" HPAA video. Pat Richards from
nonprofit NOVA Workforce Services, Sunnyvale, California.
Practical, actionable advice. Questions and discussion.
Be sure to take advantage of
any transition services provided by the company. Members
consistently report that the Lee Hecht Harrison classes are
excellent. Typical comment: "LHH was crucial in coaching me in how
to find a job in today's market." (LHH is helpful even if
actually retiring from the workforce: "They
had some really interesting self-reflection sessions about
considering what to do in retirement.")
Check into local job-networking groups (often hosted by churches but
not limited to parishioners.) The meetings may be primarily
motivational -- but there is often a bulletin board or email
with local opportunities.
Working through an agency is
very different from direct employment. For legal reasons, you are
treated differently -- for example,
not included in staff meetings or celebrations. People's attitude
toward you is different. Easy to get into a situation where,
due to the agency's undisclosed markup, you are expected to work at
a higher level than you are being paid for. When comparing
alternatives, be sure to factor in the reduced benefits.
You will be approached about
"business opportunities" -- such as franchises, businesses for sale,
work-at-home schemes, network marketing, commission sales, etc. Good
Federal Trade Commission
"When the neighborhood is turned into a marketplace, something
precious is lost... which is not easily regained."
There are bona fide
alternatives to huge corporations:
- One member joined a startup at low-but-steady-pay to learn a new
technology. He was not surprised that the startup failed -- but his practical experience in the new
technology helped him get a much better position than his previous HP
- "You will find others who left HP have started their own little
companies and may want your help in making it work. There you'll
find the companionship you thought you'd miss, the dreams you
thought you'd dropped, and the enthusiasm you thought you left back
in your youth." --another member
Regardless of whether you left HP voluntarily or otherwise, this
pragmatic discussion by Jane Bryant Quinn is
very helpful in thinking about your future: "The Golden Boot."
For additional career
and job information: Networking, LinkedIn, "What I wish I had
known before I left," Employment and Salary Verification, HPAA Job Posts,
and more -- see the main HPAA page on Career and
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