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Post by michaelnel » 2011/01/07 17:06:20

Hi Folks

I used to spend a lot of time on this board, but last March I got laid off from my Sysadmin job at the small company where I was working. Turns out the Feds had issues with some of their "business practices" and shut them down. I have been out of work ever since.

Even if you have a lot of experience, it seems most companies these days are looking for young guys, and I am 60. Not having much luck finding a job. Been living off unemployment and my meager savings, and selling off lots of toys I no longer use.

Anyway, I am trying to resharpen my skills (been working with Randal Schwartz's "Learning Perl" again... I have learned perl pretty well several times, but then almost never used it, so forgot it. It seems like something people want though when looking at sysadmin candidates.

So, I will be hanging out here, trying to solve some problems.

Michael

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Post by toracat » 2011/01/07 17:36:35

Welcome back, [b]Michael[/b] !

I was wondering what happened to you. Sorry to hear about the layoff -- which is quite common nowadays. It's really good to see you in the forums again.

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Post by pschaff » 2011/01/07 19:09:55

Welcome back Michael. We can certainly use your help. Perhaps you might consider adding something to your signature block indicating your availability, as [url=https://www.centos.org/userinfo.php?uid=44256]TrevorH[/url] has done. Good luck finding work.

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Post by scottro » 2011/01/07 19:35:35

Welcome back. You always had good answers.

Yes, as another old person, I know the feeling--it makes me too nervous about losing this job, fearing I won't be able to get another.

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Post by NedSlider » 2011/01/07 20:30:25

Welcome back Michael.

I always found helping out in the CentOS community was a good way to occupy my time between jobs.

Please don't hesitate to use this as a venue to advertise your skills if you think that will help - we are a community and IMHO you've certainly given enough to be more than entitled to take a little back in return :-)

Good luck finding a job.

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Post by AlanBartlett » 2011/01/07 21:57:00

Welcome back, [b]Michael[/b].

I was aware of your absence but I didn't realise it had been that long. Whilst roaming the wilderness, did you happen to come across [b]Lenard[/b], by any chance? He is another Senior, whose presence we miss.

A practical point -- your registered e-mail address. Will you want to change it? If so . . .

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Post by gerald_clark » 2011/01/07 22:07:56

Welcome back Michael.
I was in the same boat last 6 months.

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Post by monicalouie » 2011/01/08 02:35:58

I was a network technician with 20 years of experience and was laid off June 2000 and thought I would find a better job with better pay. Not!! The dot com bust began in May 2000.
I feel your pain and wish you the best.

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Post by olgate » 2011/01/09 14:13:30

Welcome back Michael.

Good luck with the job search.

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Re: I'm Back

Post by michaelnel » 2011/01/09 14:19:03

Thanks for the warm welcomes, folks!

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