Monday, September 5, 2011

Is That Company Closing - California Edition OR "Layoffs - Coming Soon to a Town Near You"

My friends, it has been a long time since I posted any new comments here. For the most part I have been working the odd-end job to support my family. Before I proceed with this blog, here is a quick re-hash of what has been going on. Moved out to sunny Southern California - San Diego County - back in May of this year. I obtained my first Cisco certification in July: CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician); and am preparing for my next cert, the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) for the end of this month. This past weekend was my first technical position in over 3 years. I relocated a large sporting goods manufacturer's data center. Man it felt good to work. Too bad it was a 1 day assignment; however, I was there for 24 hours straight. I didn't realize my legs could be so wobbly standing on a ladder at 5 in the morning when I arrived at 8 the previous day. Well, now on to the blog. 

Back in March 2009 I posted Is That Company Closing?, insights on how to find out if a company you are targeting, or currently working for, is going to be closing their doors in the next 6 months. You can click the link above for that post and the details. Since I am still in job seek mode, I am only going to post the links to California's edition of the WARN Notice. I would like to say that I found this on my own in my travels, but sadly, I was told about this site through my brother because he is getting laid off along with his entire division. No relocation or off-shoring; total shut down. On the California Employment Development Department's page you will find a link that will (eventually) lead you to this page. Or you can just clink this link WARN. Once there you can scroll down or click the List of Warning Notices link. From there choose what you want to search for. You can go back into previous years, but why waste your time and energy, unless you want to see if your former employer "really" knew ahead of time. 

This good thing about these warnings is that it opens a pdf file that has more information than New Jersey's did, listing positions that will be cut as well. *New Jersey might do the same thing now, but I have not checked in over 2 years. 

Did you know that Medtronic, in Northridge is laying off 209 staff? Talk about earth shaking news. 

And that a good portion of them are in Sales and Customer Service? 

Thanks and God Bless, Genesius