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  posted on 3/27/2008 at 05:24 PM
Due to this government's not willing to do anything about jobs outsourced to India, I am a victim of this. Last March I was let go, from a major firm after 7 years. It took me to Oct to find a consulting position, yet this contracted ended Jan. I again am out of work since then. This time no unemployment checks and I exhausted my savings. I am stocking shelves, part time, for minimum wage, night shift in mi local mega supermarket. Not only are there thousands of people with my skills out of work also, especiall since Bear Sterns, yet I send resumes every day, to positings on most of the major career websites, and rarely receive a reply. I am sure no one even reads them. AND, the few times I DO receive a call from a recruiter, agency, or consulting firm, we speak at length about my skills, the place my resume will be sent, and I never hear back from these either. It is disgusting and depressing. Just incase anyone know of any positions, please let me know and I'll send my resume. My Email is Edmund.Fink@verizon.net. I am looking for work, full time or consulting, in NYC, NJ(over the river: Jersey City, Hoboken Weehawken), western LI(Nassau Cty) or Wetchester). In a nutshell, I have 21+ years experience in Cobol, Cobol II, Vsam, JCL, 16 years of CICS, and 8 years of DB2. I also worked, years ago, on an AS/400 using RPG3 and JD Edwards software.
Thanks and I hope whoever reads this are employed and have job security. I do not wish this upon anyone. Except for our our politicians who are letting this country go to crap.
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  posted on 3/27/2008 at 05:50 PM
Ed, dude I feel for you. I am in the same field, except I'm an MVS / zOS systems programmer. We employ people like you with your skills, we're a large mainframe shop, but we're in Jacksonville, FL.

I don't know if we have any current openings anyhow, but our damn company is going through constant changes and from time to time over the 23+ years I've been here, we fear for our jobs due to the nitwits at the top.

Funny thing about our company is that we consistently make money, we are a real specialized niche information service provider, yet we have been bought and sold 4 or 5 times in my 23 years and each new owner comes in and puts their genius management on us and attempts to figure out how we can do what we do, better, only to find out that we are doing it really efficently and then leave us alone. We have been "doing more with less" for a decade or more and it's so damn funny when a new mgmt. team comes in and says "we really need to find ways to trim the budget."

Anyhow here's to you finding something, anything. And if you do, can I send you my resume?

 

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  posted on 3/27/2008 at 06:28 PM
Good luck, Ed! I'm another one in this field - formerly a BAL/TPF/COBOL/CICS programmer on MVS mainframe now designing network applications that use Oracle, MS SQL Server, Sybase, DB2 UDB EEE, BusinessObjects, and/or SAS and I've been working for same company for almost 25 years. Have witnessed recently same outsourcing of jobs to India here (in fact, the Fortune500 corporation I work for has started a new division, acquired land, and built over there...). We've also had corporate-wide layoffs, quite a few affecting peers of mine who were also long-timers. Things are tight right now with the economy and it's un-nerving. I've been assured that my job is not in danger and I know that my direct management will go to bat for me and fought to keep our team from being affected by layoffs when those decisions were being made but I also know that their management will be closely following the bottom line and that we will be expected to produce the billable hours to support those staffing decisions. I just want to make it through a few more years without stressing out so that I can retire!

Re: your job search. The corp I work for doesn't have anything in NJ/NY that I know of off top of my head. Believe closest facility with the type of DP you refer to would be in MD near Boston and would involve work with relational DB. Let me know if you'd like for me to check into openings.

Hang in there!

 

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  posted on 3/27/2008 at 07:02 PM
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I think that alot of companies are transitioning their legacy software onto more modern platforms
Very true - we still have some MVS mainframe applications here but they've been drastically reduced and that environment hasn't supported any major SOR's for some time (most of the stuff left there is waiting to be converted or has to reside there because of outside software/hardware considerations.)

[Edited on 3/28/2008 by lolasdeb]

 

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  posted on 3/27/2008 at 08:37 PM
I feel for you, Ed. I'm a mainframe z/OS MVS systems programmer and my company bought another company. Funny thing, the management of the company we bought is running our shop. Just trying to hang on until I can get to retirement, but I'm not sure I'll make it.
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  posted on 3/28/2008 at 12:08 AM
best wishes that your luck turns around

 

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  posted on 3/29/2008 at 09:23 AM
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  posted on 3/29/2008 at 09:44 AM
best wishes and i pray that you land very soon
 

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  posted on 3/29/2008 at 10:09 AM
Good Luck Ed. Been down your road myself. Hell, I was "laid off" in 2003 after 22 years of working for same company. Basically the company got to "top heavy" with management and it became increasely difficult to win any "government contracts" simply because the percentage of the contract needed to support "management overhead" got to the point where the company couldn't be competive in it's bidding for these contracts. You would think they would have trimmed management, but in the "real world" that never happens. Nope, they just "lay off" their engineers and designers and tech writers, ect. Don't make much sense, does it. Btw, the company eventually got "bought out". Have worked off and on since then, and still haven't found anything that pays as well. It sucks when you're past 50 and get "laid off".
 
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  posted on 3/29/2008 at 10:41 AM
Thanks for all your replies and support. That's why ABB fans are great and one hellova family. Hey Wannabe..., I agree with you 100% on your first thought. I wish I would have been able to learn new technologies, such as Java, .Net, etc, in me previous jobs. I would not be out of work then. Yet never had the chance. If I had the $$, I could spend a few grand and take one of those 5 day full time bootcamps for Java or C##. Problem there is, since I'll in a sense be entry level, and it takes me another few months to find a job, I will have forgotten much of what I spent my money on learning, therefor wasting my money. If you don't work with something new every day for weeks, you lose it. But the mainframe is not dissapearing. It's just that there are too many dinasours, like myself, out there looking for work. And one damn shame is that most jobs are everywhere BUT NYC. Too far north, west and south NJ, therefore with gas and tolls, will cost me around $650 monthly to commute, mostly thanks to the toll increases on the bridge and tunnels. And when gas goes up to almost $4, it'll cost me even more. Plus many mainframe jobs in CA, AZ, CO, yet currently my wife will not relocate. Oh well, I shall keep looking though. Thanks again all. I'll have to put on Eat A Peach now and mellow. Peace!

[Edited on 3/29/2008 by AlohaEd]

[Edited on 3/29/2008 by AlohaEd]

 

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  posted on 3/29/2008 at 11:03 AM
Good luck AE.

 

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  posted on 3/29/2008 at 11:07 AM
Ed- I sent you a PM, good luck!

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  posted on 3/29/2008 at 11:46 AM
I have a friend in Portland, Oregon who does all what you do and if you ever need to relocate to keep $$$$ coming in I can inquire with him, he knows all the places there, he is 20 year plus at it.. Good Luck!

 

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  posted on 3/29/2008 at 07:11 PM
Wishing the best for you Ed.
I hope your wife has a good job and that's the reason for not relocating.
I'm with Fred when you get to 50 and beyond it's not easy to find someone wanting to hire you. I'm had to get real creative in the past couple of years and make some changes.

 

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