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Subject:Re: When to leave From:"Damien Braniff" <Damien -dot- Braniff -at- asg -dot- com> To:"Techwr-l" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Fri, 28 Nov 2008 17:05:01 -0000
Companyâs not bad (seen a lot worse over the years!) when they say severance officially starts in the new year â at least theyâre making sure everyone has some cash for Christmas, giving people a little time to prepare and budget. As I see it thereâs a couple of things to consider:
Professionally, from my point of view, I'd like to leave things as complete as possible in the time allowed without killing myself. Maybe that's just me.
Depending on the company, I'd guess that the documentation will have to be done some time. Being 'professional' may well give you an edge if they're looking to get a contractor - known entity, didn't just bale out etc.
While looking for a job (I know the run to Xmas isn't the best time) you're officially employed until the start of next year and it's always easier (I've found) to get a job when you already have one.
From what you've said the company may well be flexible in what you do - could you use some time/resources at work in your job hunting.
Depending on circumstances, if you're 'in work' then you're not paying to heat a house/apartment etc until you have to.
Just some thoughts based on my experience over the years. I've been made redundant when the company I worked for were effectively a design house so the end product that got shown to customers WAS the documentation (datasheets, databooks etc) which showed they knew what they were talking about :-) When I left, I got contract work to continue producing the docs - good 6 months worth - and also negotiated to take with me my PC, software etc that I needed to do the work!
Another place said that in the period running up to when it closed (relocated and shrank) they were happy to let us use the phones etc to search for work, take time for interviews etc.
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