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Job Hunting - Member Advice

Advice from HPAA members on job searching -- inside or outside HP:

  1. HP needs 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, now CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Chairman of HP Inc. (full comment)

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

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

  4. Use 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." CBS News

  5. "Job Searching for the Mature Worker" HPAA video. Pat Richards from nonprofit NOVA Workforce Services, Sunnyvale, California. Practical, actionable advice. Questions and discussion.

  6. 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 distribution list with local opportunities.

  7. 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 HP," Employment and Salary Verification, HPAA Job Posts, and more -- see the main HPAA page on Career and Job Issues.

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