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Menu: Job and Career Topics Practical advice from HP and Hewlett Packard Enterprise alumni. Questions or comments to: info@hpalumni.org  

If you were formerly a regular, direct employee of Hewlett-Packard, HPInc, or Hewlett Packard Enterprise -- or are in the process of leaving – join the HP Alumni Association. No charge, thanks to HPAA members.

If leaving or recently left, see our ASAP Checklist. Member advice on what to do before losing access to company systems -- and in the following few weeks.

Read "What I wish I had known before I left" -- comments from members: Wish I Had Known.

Evaluate your career situation:

Career Checkup -- hard-earned advice on evaluating your career situation, based on extensive online discussions and private communications with alumni.

Advice and info on returning to HPInc or HPE -- including informal and formal restrictions.

▪ Job hunting: Members recommend spending most of your time searching outside the company -- you are a stronger candidate while still employed. Very few members report landing during a "redeployment period." Many report losing critical time and wasting valuable energy on discussions about internal jobs that ended abruptly without explanation. Job Hunting


Employment and salary verification: (Learn how it works before you need it)

Advice from HPAA members on how to provide current and past employment and salary verification 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. Employment and Salary Verification   Experience Letter

Check the information being reported about your employment history.


Be found by recruiters, hiring managers, and former co-workers:

▪ 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

▪ If you are in the workforce -- even if not currently looking -- you need to be on LinkedIn. It is the directory of everyone in the high-tech industry.  (If retired, LinkedIn helps you reconnect with people you have lost touch with over the years.) HPAA's LinkedIn Tips and Traps LinkedIn doesn't work the way you might think it does!

Join HP Connections – Reconnect with former co-workers. Career issues. Post job openings. 81,000 members. Reconnect with people who know you and your work -- even if you aren't currently looking. (HPAA membership not required.) Get the most from LinkedIn: LinkedIn Tips and Traps

Professional and social networking -- directory of 190 Professional and social groups for alumni and current employees of HP, HPInc, or HPE.


Job posts:

Receive job post emails. U.S. openings posted by recruiters, employers, and fellow members who are looking for people with HP/HPInc/HPE experience and expertise. (Free HPAA membership required.)

▪ Outside the U.S., join the appropriate ex-HP networking groups specific to your country and job history: HPAA Networking Directory.
Submit a job post

▪ We don't carry requests for job leads. See Member advice on using LinkedIn to reconnect with the people who personally know you and your work.

Recruiters and employers: Apply to post jobs to our members: Recruiter


Reconstructing your HP career:

How to obtain a copy of your personnel file to assist in developing your résumé: HPInc  HPE.

▪ How to find references to yourself or products or products you worked on in Measure or the HP Journal -- all back issues of which are available online: HP publications


Job searching:

▪ "Job Searching for the Mature Worker" HPAA video. Pat Richards from nonprofit NOVA Workforce Services, Sunnyvale, California. Pragmatic, actionable advice. (Not the usual motivational fluff.) 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 topics:

Advice and info on returning to HPInc, HPE, DXC, or Micro Focus -- including informal and formal restrictions.

▪ How much notice to give on retirement -- at any company. Advice from HPAA members.


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 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.


W-2 or final Earnings Statement:

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


Employment lawsuits:

▪ Current status of major HPInc and HPE Employment Lawsuits 

Know someone who is leaving HPInc or HPE? They should use the HP Alumni Association's "ASAP Checklist" immediately. Member advice on what to do before losing access to company systems -- and in the following few weeks.  ASAP Checklist  (HPAA membership not required.)

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

Gone from HP, HPInc, or HPE? Find, protect, and document employee stock. Discuss U.S. HP/HPInc/HPE COBRA and retiree health benefits, including Annual Enrollment and transition to Medicare. See U.S. job openings from employers interested in recruiting HP alumni. And more. Join the HP Alumni Association at no charge.


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