Have you been able to find a new job yet? Is the job market as bad as I fear it is or are there some available jobs in our industry?
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I would be able to tell you what to avoid and where.
I did use to work
as a female account administrator for the aetna in woodland hills california which
was the worst experience I have ever had. I was there for so many years.
They only help friends out. If you are not part of a group they will not help you and will be rude to you.
If you ask for help they will hate on you. I also thought it was harassment and abuse but I didn't want to fight it out.
Just avoid this place entirely. I recommend finding another business with the same type of work and not in the health insurance business. Whatever your experience is hundred times worse
where I just mentioned to you specifically.
If I get let go- I’ll take all my bravos and all my letters from Senior Management and VPs and show them I’m a true asset to my next employer. I don’t see being over 40 or what I was doing as a barrier. Be positive, work hard, and the rewards will come your way.
Finding a job is really a function of your title and how much money you made. If you make a living wage and are over 40 it could take you years to find another job, if you made little money at UHG, you'll find a job fast!
Has anyone who left been asked to sign a post employment privacy notice?
I've had a few interviews since my layoff. Initially it was a rusty process to get used to again but much comfortable now in interviews.
It is what you make it. My last day was 1/2. Started my new position 1/13. Had several good positions and salaries to choose from. Secured my offer before my last day with the company. Turned down offers and interview requests until about Mid March.
I was laid off in October and immediately signed up with an agency for some contract work. It didn't pay as much as I was making at UHG but it was a paycheck and it helped pay the bills. Plus I was able to get insurance through the contracting agency which was a whole lot cheaper than cobra.
I contracted from November-March and was still applying and interviewing for full time jobs during that time. I ended up getting offered a job in March and started my new job in the midst of the covid quarantines and shut downs. Job openings are picking up and companies are starting to hire again. The good thing is that companies are a lot more open to having people to work remote and before covid they weren't.
I left for a new job in mid-March, because layoffs seemed imminent and all my division did was yell at each other. It was one of the best (and most well timed) decisions I have ever made.
I took all of my accruals beforehand, cashed out my Bravos, and gave same day notice because I decided I am never going to work for Optum or UHG again.
I wish all of you still there the best of luck. The culture of that place is toxic and bear no resemblance to the official culture.
Yes. Try a smaller company. Found a position with a company that has less than 200 employees. I took a small paycut but it wasn't significant. I tightened up my resume and out reached to recruiters on LinkedIn. It worked. Good luck to you.
I was laid off in February but found a job near me. I’m very fortunate. It’s very competitive right now. The one advantage with the company I work for now is that they are becoming more open to remote teams after covid
I was laid off in November, I'm still not working,I've have had a few interviews with 2 potential hires, but then COVID hit and the jobs were put on hold.
I was laid off in February. The time since then has been pretty bad. Just my luck to be laid off in a pandemic! Few postings and many of the companies are/were on hiring freezes. However, I have had two interviews this week. So things seem to be picking up now.
I have also fine tuned my resume and gotten much better at the stupid "key word" matching required by ATS (online applications). And I have started to work my network (such as it is) which I was embarrassed to do at the beginning. So my new success may be a combination of things. And of course I have yet to be hired.
Good luck to everyone who has been let go. Hang in there.
I've never been this scared of layoffs as I am now due to the state of the economy...