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RC Steif

The question: Word on the street has it that layoffs are coming to the computer company where I work. There were no raises or bonuses this year, management is in lots of hush-hush meetings, HR is stressed — it feels like it’s inevitable. The problem is, I was hired 27 years ago, fresh out of graduate school, as a software developer. My skill set is perfect for my current job, but it’s not up to par with the tech jobs out there now.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Assuming that layoffs are imminent, try to identify the valuable managers, groups, and projects that are most likely to survive. Make your best effort to attach yourself to those by offering to help with their projects and showing that you’re ready and willing to give it your all. When we’re worried about our parnassah, it often shows up in our actions and demeanor. Managers and coworkers want to be around confident, happy people, so rely on your bitachon in Hashem to exude a positive spirit. At the same time, start updating your skill set and learn which technologies are most prevalent now. Those will likely be web and mobile application/solution-building tools. Start getting comfortable with these new technologies by way of books, online courses, and information on the Internet. Older IT people tend to believe that they are only valuable because they know a specific technology. In reality, much of what they know exists in a comparable form in the newer languages and technologies. Since they understand the nature of computing and debugging, they can quickly and successfully pick up new technologies. Often, simply understanding the concepts of new technologies and the “buzzwords” can be sufficient to earn an opportunity on another project or at a new company. 

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