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Planning ahead. For current employees of HPInc or HPE (or any company.)
Information and advice for current employees from HP alumni. (Updated Aug 18, 2020.)
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Actions you can take
Evaluate your career situation. Use the HPAA's Career Checkup -- hard-earned advice from members on evaluating your career situation -- wherever you work.
Diversify. Don't let the company make you an expert in just one thing (unless it is what you really want, you are really sure it is something that will always be in demand, and you are willing to change companies to follow it.)
Establish your personal network. Powerful while at your current company -- and you may need it later:
- Connect -- inside your current company and outside. Maintain your relationships and track the career changes of your former co-workers. "I became an internal-only resource." Participate in a professional association, an open-source project, a church, or a community activity. "I realized that I only knew HP people." "My friends and acquaintances were about my age and worked in similar jobs. When things changed for me, most of my friends were in no position to help, because they were in the same boat."
- Check your LinkedIn profile! You may be surprised. LinkedIn has changed how employers are identified -- dropping employers and modifying profiles without notice. In addition, HP positions were changed to HPE. You want recruiters to believe your profile -- and former co-workers to find you. You can use LinkedIn to reconnect with former co-workers who know you and your work. Many HPAA members report that LinkedIn helped them find a new job. Use HPAA's LinkedIn Tips and Traps
- Join the 81,000-member HP Connections LinkedIn Group 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.)
- Professional and social networking. HPAA's directory of 190 Professional and social groups for alumni and current employees of HPInc, HPE, predecessor companies, and successor companies: https://www.hpalumni.org/network
Move from company to personal PC and email. For privacy reasons now -- and impossible to do quickly if you retire or leave.
- Personal business on company systems. No matter where you work, what your job situation, or how innocent your activities -- there are legal and privacy issues with using your employer's IT facilities for your personal business. The email accounts and files (and the email and file backup archives -- which may cover years) all legally belong to your employer, not to you. Emails that you wish to receive may be inadvertently discarded as spam or phishing by the company firewall. There are also identity-theft and data-loss risks.
- 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.
Plan for transition when you retire, get WFRed, or leave:
- ASAP Checklist. What you need to do before losing access to internal systems and in the following few weeks.
- Questions to ask if you are offered the "Golden Boot" Pragmatic advice from Jane Bryant Quinn.
- Advice from HPAA members on job hunting -- inside or outside HP.
- How much notice to give on retirement -- at any company. Advice from HPAA members.
- Advice and info on returning to HPInc, HPE, DXC, or Micro Focus -- including informal and formal restrictions.
- Time to untangle your stock! No one but you really cares about your employment-related stock. You may have stock in up to seven HP-related companies (HPQ, HPE, A, KEYS, DXC, MFGP, PRSP.) Your stock may not all be in the same place. You may need to retrieve lost stock or dividends, find stray accounts, or estimate your cost basis. An HP Alumni team has developed a step-by-step process to find and protect your stock. Employee Stock
- How to Choose a Financial Advisor. Member advice on sorting out the different types of financial salespeople and advisors.
References recommended by HP alumni:
- "Think you might lose your income? Four money moves to make now" by Michelle Singletary. Washington Post (Several free articles per month.)
- "Making the Most of Your Money Now" by Jane Bryant Quinn. Explains how financial things really work -- especially good for analytic folks. ISBN-10: 0743269969
- "Get a Life" by Ralph Warner. "How to beat the anxiety surrounding retirement, and to develop a plan to make your golden years the best of your life." ISBN-10: 1413300847
- Social Security. Slides from the August 2016 HPAA Social Security presentation and webinar. Member advice from an ex-HP/HPInc/HPE perspective.
- "You're no longer nailed to your job in order to get health insurance" [AARP membership not required.]
- If approaching 65: "Medicare and You" Download a searchable pdf copy from the official Medicare site. Especially see the very helpful flowchart on page 16 and the table on page 69.
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