It appears very likely that our company’s contract with our primary client will NOT be picked up again. Projects have slowed greatly this year and I don’t expect to even see any more of them beyond the few we’ve got to finish now.
Generally in my industry, this time of year is SLAMMED with field work. We’ve not had a single field job since April, which is super unusual in this line of work. Two weeks ago, my job status was changed from full time to 32 hours. Even more shocking a co-worker I’d consider more crucial than I am, and who certainly has seniority, her hours were changed to 20 or less.
The company keeps assuring us that this is only temporary while things get re-organized financially, but I don’t believe that for a minute! In addition to my spidey-senses, a recent meeting with our client representatives, where they kindly, but under the radar pretty much SAID we wouldn’t be getting the re-up of our contract (primarily due to the actions of one of my coworkers grrrrrr), has convinced me that he end is near.
I see my job probably ending in about 3 to no more than 6 weeks. It’s possible they’ll move me to 20 hours first, but I expect it to be more of a layoff. Now, I’m an employee in good standing, so it will be completely finance related if I do get laid off.
I’m already looking for a new job, and trying to figure out options for getting along without a job while I try to find a new one. Any advice or tips are greatly appreciated. If any Seattle dopers know of anything, I’d be grateful for any tips for jobs in the area as well.
One thing I’m unsure of is how to approach the whole “I’m still employed, but am looking for a new job” thing regarding having prospective employers contact my current employer. I’m not sure what to say when they ask if they can contact my current employer. I don’t want to lie or be sneaky, I want to be upfront and explain the situation, but at the same time, I’m afraid of how that might come across. Any ideas there would be greatly appreciated as well.
Thanks in advance.