Job Hunting - Member Advice
Advice from HPAA members on
job searching -- inside or outside HP.
(Updated June 24, 2017.)
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)
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.
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
questions, additions, or corrections
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