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God got me laid off!

  • By: Qwaider

  • On:Thursday, September 24, 2009 7:15:58 AM
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    It sucks when your whole existence is reduced to being a single digit in a government statistic! On the desk of some official or in a journal online.

    Seriously though, it would have taken an act of God for me to leave my job. But in all frankness, it wasn't doing me any good; too much stress, too little appreciation. Even worse, I think I was getting depressed not seeing an end to the very frustrating situation.

    Then, I was told that I'm being laid off, just like millions who lost their jobs everywhere...

    I left my building where I've spent the last 10 years of my life, with a box of worthless memorabilia of how great I helped make that company...

    I reached my car, drowning in thoughts. How am I going to make ends meet? How am I going to prepare for my new child? How am I going to keep paying the mortgage? Especially when the economic recession doesn't appear to be ending any time soon!

    Was it time to cut my losses and go home? Was it time to cash out all my savings just to pay the bills? Is it time to sell everything close shop and just go back to my room in my folks house?

    Then, my mind kicked in... what is done is done, and I'm now in Damage control mode. What I need to do, what I need to prepare, things I need to ensure to sustain this family.

    First order of business, make sure medical insurance will be there for the family. With a pregnant wife, this is essential.

    Second, cut/shutdown any unnecessary bills. From extra minutes on the cell phone to complete lines that are not used.

    Third, ensure the life line still flows, apply for unemployment benefits. After supporting the system for 10 years. It was about time I get some back, no?

    Fourth, Send resume to recruiters, hit job sites, and make sure resume is up to date, polished, and highlights the right set of skills being looked for.

    Next call in some favors from friends, colleagues, and old business associates.

    Before Maioush made it home from work, I had everything under control. It's tough to share the bad news. But inevitable. These events affect the whole family... But the timing could have been a bit better than the eve of Eid...

    After all of that, I, for the first time in years, felt relieved. I swear to god. I have never felt this relieved in years....

    But how is all of this caused by god? ... I'll let you know soon...

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    • #1
    • KJ
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    • On: 9/24/2009 7:44:21 AM
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    Allah y3awdak man :) On the bright side it's like when I got laid off... I was so glad they did! LOL!

    Time to reset your priorities now, you got a whole life ahead of you and so much experience to back it up. Etekel 3ala rabbak
    • #2
    • za3tar
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    • On: 9/24/2009 7:47:23 AM
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    Wow! tough break dude. I am honestly in shock! You are the last person I had imagined to be laid off. But I am surprised because you seem calm in this blog post; no panic, no depression, nothing! Good for you Qwaider. You are a very talented man and I bet you won't have any trouble to get any job you want.

    My best wishes.
    • #3
    • Mohanned
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    • On: 9/24/2009 9:45:39 AM
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    Best of luck my friend. I am sure you will be back up very soon.
    • #4
    • amr
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    • On: 9/24/2009 12:54:11 PM
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    no worries man.. you work in IT field.. no recession for this! things will work out soon.

    good luck for you in your career.
    maybe it is time you think of your own business? because it has been around that need is the mother of invention :) they say when there's will there's way, i say eshtadee azma tanfariji, so 3asa an takrahu shay2an wayaj3alu allahu feehi khayran katheeran

    but this really just proves what i always nagged about, those who keep urging me to build "loyatly" towards the company i work for, u know with all my 9 years of experience, i had no loyatly but to my pocket :) sort of speak, i go to work and im 100% dedicated and honest, but thats more than they can ever dream of having, loyalty is la alla w bass, w zai ma begoolu, el rejl eddeb, ma6ra7 mat7eb ;) lesson learned, if ur stuck in the same place for two years, start packing before u get used to it, moving is the best safe experience anyone can put himself into, i tried it many times and it is rejuvenating to know u're in control
    • #6
    • kinzi
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    • On: 9/24/2009 2:09:01 PM
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    Wow. Praying for you, and looking forward to the God-story.
    • #7
    • jaraad
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    • On: 9/24/2009 4:49:29 PM
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    I am sorry to hear this news. Two of my best friends were laid off also and they both have big families. Insha'Allah you will get on your feet soon and find a better job or opportunity.
    • #9
    • whisper
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    • On: 9/24/2009 7:15:17 PM
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    I'm so sorry that happened to you...but as they said I'm sure that we will hear the good news soon inshallah

    best wishes for the future
    • #10
    • hamede
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    • On: 9/24/2009 9:32:18 PM
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    {maybe it is time you think of your own business?

    I agree with Mariam Ayyash,thats what i did long time a go, good luck.
    • #11
    • loolt
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    • On: 9/24/2009 9:40:40 PM
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    Allah 2i3awdak bil2a7san InshAllah.
    • #12
    • Mab3oos
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    • On: 9/25/2009 4:15:54 AM
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    sorry to hear that mate! but, و عسى ان تكرهوا شيئا و هو خير لكم

    Silicon Valley sounds great about this time, doesn't it?
    • #13
    • Summer
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    • On: 9/25/2009 7:56:41 AM
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    Its all for the best i am sure...God has GREAT plans for you and your family. Enjoy the time off until you are back to the workforce on another job!
    • #14
    • Marvin
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    • On: 9/25/2009 7:19:43 PM
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    That's just God telling you that you can do more good elsewhere. So many opportunities lie waiting for you now!
    • #15
    • Palforce
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    • On: 9/26/2009 1:20:55 AM
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    Salam bro,

    I have been in your shoes before, it is all in the books, I promise you in 3 months you will be greatful you are out of there.

    May I also suggest talking to Arabs in your town, JV or some sort of partnership. Most of American Arabs business owners are looking for guys in your caliber to either help them grow their business or partner with them in a new venture. They got the cash and they are looking for the brains.

    Best of luck, I'm not worried about you bro, I know you will find a better opportunity pretty soon and remember with a new baby God brings out a huge barakeh for you.

    Salam,

    Khaled
    • #16
    • Stephen
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    • On: 9/26/2009 3:42:13 AM
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    Sorry to hear that Man. I'm being laid off work in 2 weeks so I know how you feel. Best of luck finding a job
    • #17
    • nido
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    • On: 9/26/2009 7:30:51 AM
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    Allah has a better plan for you Qwaider family! I'm positive :)
    Inshallah soon you'll find a better job in a better place...We are praying for you!
    • #18
    • Guest
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    • On: 9/27/2009 5:09:37 PM
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    Good luck man.
    Its the the first time i visit your blog but seems nice.
    like they said. 3asa 2an takrahu shay2an wahwa 5ayron lakom. it maybe the break you needed.
    • #19
    • Naser
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    • On: 9/29/2009 4:48:02 AM
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    oh man I hope it all gets better with you and everyone soon enough .hang on .sorry to hear that really.
    • #20
    • Qwaider
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    • On: 9/29/2009 6:05:53 PM
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    Thank you all my wonderful friends for the kind wishes and support. I might have taken a blow, but this struggle is far from over...
    الله يعينك و يساعدك وان شاء الله ما بعد الضيق الا الفرج
    • #22
    • larryheard
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    • On: 9/30/2009 3:39:46 PM
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    No worries my man, things happen for a reason and usually for the best. Things will work out well soon.
    :( Allah yrz2ak, these days every thing can happen :S keep smiling =) Mira Banoout btjeb rez2ta m3a inchallah
    اللهم إن كان رزقي في السماء فأنزله، وإن كان في الأرض فأخرجه ، وإن كان بعيداً فقربه ، وإن كان قريباً فيسره ، وإن كان قليلاً فكثره ، وإن كان كثيراً فبارك لي فيه يا أرحم الراحمين !
    • #25
    • Rana
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    • On: 10/6/2009 1:12:40 AM
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    This is my first visit here, sorry to hear this bad news. But you should be proud of yourself, because you chose the best way to deal with your situation. You could have easily gone to depression, but you decided to face the situation, try to fix it and take the best options. And i will give you a "besharah", people see losing a job is "bab rez8 tsakar", but it's on the contrary. Losing your job will open to you Abwab el rez8=)
    Good Luck to you and all ppl suffering from this crisis.
    • #26
    • Qwaider
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    • On: 10/6/2009 5:40:48 AM
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    Thank you all for the wonderful wishes
    • #27
    • Anynomus
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    • On: 12/1/2009 3:34:32 PM
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    god sucks but i know that your situation are serious. Nevermind just have a good rest that all. Lastly, good day give you happiness, bad day give you experience.

    The god have no eye always help bad guys then good guys leh always been bullie.
    • #28
    • jacob
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    • On: 6/20/2011 10:19:04 AM
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    Thanks for sharing
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    Definitely, nothing happened accidentally. Everything is already designed by God to happen.
    You too can have your Memories Documented

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