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Thank you all so much for the advice!!!!!!

patrick51 said:
>I am in a similar situation in that my industry is in decline with >more layoffs/firings coming. An important issue you didn't mention is >severance pay. Likely if you leave on your own you forfeit this. Also >you didn't mention if you like your current job- just that the state >job could be depressing. If severance is involved and your current job >is ok I would wait till they boot you out- that's what I'm doing.

I'm sorry to hear that! [Telecom, by any chance?]

Re: severence - seems very uncertain. I should be entitled to 11-12 weeks severence if laid off. If the company goes under, however, there is a better than even chance that I won't get anything. A friend of mine who was with Eastern Airlines when they cratered didn't even get her last paycheck - much less her severence. And her pension money is still tied up (she told me) - not that she's close to retirement.

I do like my current job when times are mediocre - good. When times are terrible at a company, though, it's hard to like any job a whole lot.

Also - this state position is likely (if I get it) to be an awful lot better than the position (and the agency) I had several years back.

I am still pursuing it and will see what happens. If they offer me the job, I will very seriously consider taking it, even with the paycut, the required move, etc. Working for a state agency might be the best place to sort of wait out the miserable telecom slump (while learning some new things, meeting new people . . .)

So - wish me luck!

Thanks again to everyone.

Best wishes,
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