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J. Daniel Ashton

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Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, —Ecclesiastes 9:10a NIV
The LORD God has told us what is right and what he demands:
"See that justice is done,
let mercy be your first concern,
and humbly obey your God." —Micah 6:8, CEV
With all your heart you must trust the LORD and not your own judgment.
Always let Him lead you, and He will clear the road for you to follow. —Proverbs 3:5,6 CEV

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Friday, September 10, 2004

Further Job Info

I had a conversation with my manager today which somewhat clarified the pressure to find the next job. What I understood him to say is that after 30 days "on the bench" I become a prime candidate for the next lay-off, whenever that may be. I think this is what happened to me in Atlanta, although I'm not sure whether I had 30 consecutive days of bench time, or just 30 days cumulative within the last 12 months, for example. As happened then, I would be given 30 additional days from being selected for lay-off to find another job within IBM.

That's essentially what happened to me in July of 2001: on the 29th day my Atlanta manager heard about this CADE project with openings for C++ programmers, and the next miracle was that in one night I was approved for a moving expenses package. That type of approval typically takes weeks.

That was a faith-building experience for us.


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