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Menu: Job and Career Topics Practical advice from HP, HP Inc, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise alumni. (Updated December 31, 2017.)  Questions or comments to: info@hpalumni.org  

If you were formerly a regular, direct employee of Hewlett-Packard, HP Inc, or Hewlett Packard Enterprise – or have a defined retirement or termination date – join the HP Alumni Association. No charge, thanks to HPAA members. Covered in HPAA HP Connections LinkedIn Group. Reconnect with former co-workers. Discuss career and job-hunt topics. Post jobs. 81,000 members.

Read "What I wish I had known before I left" -- comments from members: Wish I Had Known.

Evaluate your career situation:

Career Checkup -- hard-earned advice on evaluating your career situation, based on extensive online discussions and private communications with alumni.

Advice and info on returning to HPI, HPE, DXC, or Micro Focus -- including informal and formal restrictions.

Members recommend spending most of your time searching outside HP -- you are a stronger candidate while still employed.

 

Employment and salary verification: (Learn how it works before you need it)

Advice from HPAA members on how to provide current and past employment and salary information to potential employers, financial institutions, and government aid agencies. The information provided is limited to start date, end date and job title on day of termination.

Check the information being reported about your employment history.

 

Be found by recruiters, hiring managers, and former co-workers:

▪ Checked your LinkedIn profile lately? You may be surprised: LinkedIn Tips and Traps  How to get your LinkedIn profile to show the correct company for each position.

▪ If you are in the workforce -- even if not currently looking -- you need to be on LinkedIn. It is the master directory of everyone in the high-tech industry.  (If retired, LinkedIn helps you reconnect with people you have lost touch with over the years.) HPAA's LinkedIn Tips and Traps LinkedIn doesn't work the way you think it does.

Join HP Connections – Reconnect with former co-workers. Career issues. Post job openings. 81,000 members. Reconnect with people who know you and your work. Find ex-HPers where you would like to work. (HPAA membership not required.) Get the most from LinkedIn: LinkedIn Tips and Traps

Professional and social networking -- directory of 190 Professional and social groups for alumni and current employees of HP, HP Inc, or Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

 

Reconstructing your HP career:

How to obtain a copy of your personnel file to assist in developing your résumé: HPI  HPE.

▪ How to find references to yourself or products or products you worked on in Measure or the HP Journal -- all back issues of which are available online: HP publications

 

Job searching:

▪ "Job Searching for the Mature Worker" HPAA video. Pat Richards from nonprofit NOVA Workforce Services, Sunnyvale, California. Pragmatic, actionable advice. (Not the usual motivational fluff.) Questions and discussion.

▪ "PSR Methodology" -- Problem, Solution, Results -- to strengthen how you describe your experience.

▪ Online Job Search Plan. . Walks you through the four major stages -- with examples, tools, and short videos. From NOVA: My Plan.

▪ There are 3,000 non-profit federally-funded Job Centers nationwide -- providing job-search assistance, skills development, and career counseling: Job Center Locator.

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

 

Career topics:

Advice and info on returning to HPI, HPE, DXC, or Micro Focus -- including informal and formal restrictions.

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

 

Job posts:

Receive job post emails. Jobs posted at no charge by US recruiters, employers, and fellow members specifically interested in HP alumni. (Free HPAA membership required.)

▪ We generally do not carry direct HP jobs because the HP companies have online job-post sites. See also: Formal and informal restrictions on returning.

▪ We do not carry posts from those looking for jobs. Use LinkedIn's powerful features instead.

▪ Outside the US, join the appropriate ex-HP networking groups specific to your country and job history: HPAA Networking Directory.
How to post job openings.

For Recruiters: Apply to post jobs to our members: Recruiter Post jobs: Post Jobs

 

Before you need to find a new job:

▪ Establish your personal network. Join the 81,000-member HP Connections LinkedIn Group group on LinkedIn 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.)

Move from company to personal PC and email -- before you need to. 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.

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.

 

W-2 or final Earnings Statement:

▪ Advice from HPAA members on how to obtain your Annual W-2 or final Earnings Statement

 

Employment lawsuits:

▪ Current status of major employment lawsuits against HP Inc and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.


Know someone who is leaving HP? They should use the HP Alumni Association's "ASAP Checklist" immediately. It has advice and mutual help -- developed by HPAA members -- on the many things you have to do before you lose access to HPI or HPE internal systems.  (HPAA membership not required.)

Currently at HP? Whether you expect to leave HP soon or not: advice and information from HP, HP Inc, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise alumni on transition planning; stock purchase cost basis; networking; "What I wish I had known before I left" -- and more. (HPAA membership not required.)

Gone from HP? Find, protect, and document employee stock. Mutual help on health coverage -- COBRA, retirement, Medicare, open-market. Decoding Annual Enrollment. Other company-administered benefits such as discounts. See US job openings from employers interested in recruiting HP alumni; post your technical questions on the TechTalk forum -- and more. Join the HPAA at no charge.

 

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For more mutual help on this topic and many others, join the independent HP Alumni Association. If you were formerly a regular, direct employee of Hewlett-Packard, HP Inc, or Hewlett Packard Enterprise -- or have a defined retirement or termination date, join the HPAA. No charge, thanks to HPAA members.


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