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Job Hunting - Member Advice
Advice from HPAA members on job searching -- inside or outside HP. (Updated Feb 17, 2018.)
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 distribution list 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 what the agency is charging for your services, you are expected to work at a much 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 articles:
Federal Trade Commission
There are bona fide alternatives to huge corporations:
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: Professional 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 Job Issues.
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