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Leaving HP or HPE -- Layoff, WorkForce Reduction, WFR, EER, Enhanced Early Retirement, or otherwise.

Advice from HP/HPE alumni who have gone through past cycles -- including actions to quietly take now, even if not expecting to leave. From the independent HP Alumni Association. (May 13, 2023)

1. Whether leaving or not, discreetly untangle your personal business from your employer's IT systems. Takes several months. Based on member reports: Moving your personal business

2. Use the HPAA's Career Checkup -- hard-earned advice from members on evaluating your career situation.

3. Print -- and start using -- the HPAA's ASAP Checklist. Member advice on what to do before losing access to company systems -- and in the following few weeks. Supplements the official checklists.

4. Read: What I wish I had known before layoff, retirement, or leaving -- based on input from dozens of HPAA members.

5. Update and strengthen your LinkedIn profile. People check you out before working with you. Recruiters search for skills and background. LinkedIn helps you reconnect with people who know you and your work. LinkedIn tricks and traps (Turn off "Share job changes" so that LinkedIn won't notify connected managers and co-workers about your changes.)

6. Members recommend spending most of your job-hunting time searching outside the company -- you are a stronger candidate while still employed. Very few members report landing during their "redeployment period" -- losing critical time and wasting energy on discussions that end abruptly without explanation. Job Hunting

7. Watch "Job Searching for the Mature Worker" -- HPAA video with pragmatic, actionable advice. (Not the usual motivational fluff.)

8. Menu: Pension and retirement plan topics for HP, HPE, EDS, and DEC alumni.

9. You may now have stock in HP, HPE, Agilent, Keysight, and DXC in various accounts -- and may have missed cash payouts for Perspecta and Micro Focus. How to determine what stock you should have -- and find it: Stock Recovery Process

Ask questions. The HP Alumni Association is a member-supported, independent association for former employees of HP and HPE -- and those in the process of leaving. Online forums with member Q-and-A discussions on details of EER, WFR/Layoff, COBRA, retiree health benefits, transition to Medicare, stock, 401(k), pensions, and other financial issues. Simply send us an email. No charge, thanks to HPAA's Supporting Members

Question? Email: info@hpalumni.org (Will be kept in confidence.)

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