Today I Become A Statistic

( – promoted by buhdydharma )

Well, today the Dog became a statistic. After nine years at my company, after projects which returned over $4 million a year in bottom line dollars, the company decided that I was not valuable enough to keep around anymore. It is not like the Dog did not know things were bad, they were. Sales were off by 30% across the board and there had been a 10% reduction in workforce just three months ago.  

Still, you kind of expect some level of loyalty from a company you busted your ass to make money for. That said there is no dammed use crying over spilt milk. The Dog is just one of 100 people who are coming into work today to find out they have a very, very long weekend in front of them. We got a decent severance package, one week of pay for every year of service, two months of COBRA paid for by the company and a nice one line letter explaining to whoever cares that we were let go for downsizing reasons not for any kind of disciplinary reason.

There are times when you have fantasies about what you would say if this ever happens so you, things like that line from Broadcast News where the exec letting a veteran newsman go says “Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you” and the guy replies “Well, I hope you’ll die real soon” but even though the Dog knew his boss was the one that made the call, the hound is just too much of a politician to burn any bridges. The Dog was courteous, mildly funny and more than a little shell shocked.

But that is now the past, it is history along with Julius Caesar and the next thing to do is get a job. So, Kossacks, does anyone have any lines on jobs for 6 Sigma Black Belts? I am certified by Caterpillar in DMAIC, DMEDI, and Caterpillar Production System. If you don’t know what DMAIC is, read more about how it is applied to businesses here. I hold a Change Agent certificate from La Marsh and have 4 years of running transactional projects for a Caterpillar dealership. I develop and deliver training for all levels of 6 Sigma for a billion dollar company. Basically, if you have systems that need improving I have the skills in team building, communication, and process to get the job done. I am willing to move anywhere in the nation, assuming the money is right. Anyone who have any thing please send it to my public e-mail, you can find it in my profile.

Any thoughts, leads, suggestions or anything else is greatly appreciated. Today sucks, there is no getting around that, but the Dog is not a mopper or a one to wait, so it is time to get his paws on the case and get a new gig.

The floor is yours.  


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  1. and great process improvement guy can get a job? I live in Colorado.  

  2. is your wife still unemployed too? this is just horrible. Im so sorry, my sympathies… damn.

    on me…

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  3. (In other words if you want to make sure that you “only use your powers for good”, heh)

    Here’s a couple places to look:

    • Alma on July 10, 2009 at 17:46

    quickly Dear Dog.  Its a mess out there.

    • TMC on July 10, 2009 at 18:46

    I live in NYC, if you have to come here for interviews, or whatever, you’ll have a place to stay. You never know. I have a big house and it’s convenient to transportation into Manhattan. My e-mail is in my profile.

  4. but power.  Let’s work together to get some power over our lives!

  5. And welcome to the club  🙂

  6. since I’ve been out of the job market so long (happily), and a quick yahoo! search turned up the Wiki entry which has a long list of companies who use 6 Sigma.  I’m sure you’re already aware of this, but still.

    “A new door has opened” for you sounds facile, but it’s always been true for me.  Eventually.  Best of luck.

  7. I work (so far still today) for a Cat dealership, I just skinned by another  round of layoffs.

    Salaried folks are being forced to take a one week furlough.

    You don’t know how horribly screwed up the economy has become until you get affected by it.

    You know this, but your job now is to find a new job. Spend eight hours a day on getting a job.

    Sorry to say, there’s no need for a Black Belt here, I’ve got one myself (From GE) and I find it less and less useful as this small company gets further away from giving a crap about process and more focused on cost cutting.

    They don’t even want to fund a project to examine cost cutting, it’s that bad right now.

    Tractor division is at about 50% of last year.

    • dkmich on July 10, 2009 at 22:14

    IT Recruiter, Defense Industry – Jobs are located around the country.  

    I sent him the mini resume you posted.   I will let you know and try to put the two of you in touch with each other.

    Good luck.

  8. …that might be a start:

    USA jobs lists federal government jobs-there are more agencies (& more jobs) posted there than many realize.  Consider applying for lower-grade jobs, because there is good potential for moving up within an agency, once you get in, especially with your experience:  

    The State of Colorado Job Search/employment webpage lists jobs throughout Colorado, inside and outside government.

    Best of luck to you.  May you find a new job soon and a strong support system in the meantime.  

    • sharon on July 12, 2009 at 01:32

    my job ended last month and then came back to me when the photographer whose business i have been managing realized he can’t manage without me, or at least without me explaining to his wife how to manage him. now she’s not sure she wants to.  i had myself ready to take the challenge and move on and now find myself being dragged back in.  it took a few weeks for me to get ready to make new things happen, but it sounds like you are moving on this immediately.  i will be surprised if you don’t see results just as quickly.  best of luck to you!

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