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Job and Career Issues Practical advice from HP alumni.

(Related topic: How to post job openings)

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W-2 or final Earnings Statement:

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


Employment and salary verification:

▪ Advice from HPAA members on how to provide 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. (EDS employment before August 2008 may be listed under the old EDS employer codes: details.)


Restrictions on returning to HP

▪ There are formal and informal restrictions on returning as a direct employee, as a contractor, or through an agency.

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


Career networking:

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.

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

Join HP Connections 81,000-member group on LinkedIn for current employees and alumni of Hewlett-Packard, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, HP Inc., acquisitions, and spinoffs. Reconnect with people who know you and your work. Find ex-HPers where you would like to work. (HPAA membership not required.) If difficulty joining with one click, sync-up.  (Get the most from LinkedIn: LinkedIn Tips.) 

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


Job searching:

▪ "Job Searching for the Mature Worker" HPAA video. Pat Richards from nonprofit NOVA Workforce Services, Sunnyvale, California. Practical, actionable advice. 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 issues:

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

▪ 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: Restrictions on returning to HP.

▪ 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.


Before you need to find a new job:

▪ Establish your personal network. Join the 81,000-member HP Connections 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.


Employment lawsuits:

▪ Current status of major employment lawsuits against HPI and HPE.


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 HP's internal systems.  (HPAA membership not required.)

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

Gone from HP? Untangle employee stock purchase cost basis; compare notes on US retiree and COBRA health plans and how they work with Social Security; 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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