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d000hg
17th November 2009, 20:04
What's the longest period you've been benched or unemployed while actively seeking work?

I'll throw up a poll, but more interested in the stories.

Spacecadet
17th November 2009, 20:10
I'll throw up a pole, but more interested in the stories.

I'm more interesting in seeing you throwing up a pole

EternalOptimist
17th November 2009, 20:10
three months. I dont really have any stories, but I was beset by terrors that my niche had withered and died, that the Indians would take all my work and that previous 'errors' would make me unemployable.
but it was all false worries




:rolleyes:

TheFaQQer
17th November 2009, 21:08
Currently almost three months - end of August / start of September.

Have optimistically said "up to three months" :D

VectraMan
17th November 2009, 21:37
9 months after university in 1992.

worzelGummidge
17th November 2009, 21:43
12 months

shoes
17th November 2009, 22:08
I've never been involuntarily benched, I've been involuntarily on a contract plenty of times.

Coalman
17th November 2009, 22:12
9 months after university in 1992.

4 months after uni again in 1992.

Clippy
17th November 2009, 22:46
Currently almost 7 months - since start of June.

Lockhouse
18th November 2009, 07:55
I was benched for 9 months in 1989/90 when the mainframe market died overnight. I spent the 9 months answering phones at a mate's computer company for nowt whilst retraining myself in Clipper and Paradox which he provided. I bs'd my way into a small brokerage and I've been working in The City pretty much ever since.

Weltchy
18th November 2009, 08:10
Never been benched Involuntarily, Touch wood!

Spacecadet
18th November 2009, 08:48
I was benched for 9 months in 1989/90 when the mainframe market died overnight. I spent the 9 months answering phones at a mate's computer company for nowt whilst retraining myself in Clipper and Paradox which he provided. I bs'd my way into a small brokerage and I've been working in The City pretty much ever since.

Mainframe market dies, then Paradox has slipped away... what are you working in now so I know what to avoid?

Lockhouse
18th November 2009, 09:08
Mainframe market dies, then Paradox has slipped away... what are you working in now so I know what to avoid?


Give me a break that was 20 years ago!

I went into Clipper which did very nicely for a few years, then VB/SQL Server, then C#. These days I rely more on my business knowledge than my technical skills to get by.

Doggy Styles
18th November 2009, 09:28
There was a bloke called Pf who'd been out of work for ages, possibly years, but had a bit of an attitude problem. Has anybody heard of him, or know what he's up to now?

He used to get on various contractor websites. He was banned several times from the PCG forums, and finally banned for life for impersonating a moderator.

scotspine
18th November 2009, 09:33
i thought dear old pf had simply left of his own accord?

and, who are you, mr styles, that you remember pf?

FarmerPalmer
18th November 2009, 10:16
maximum 1 week so far :happy

OrangeHopper
18th November 2009, 11:26
I'm not going to admit to how long I was benched after the millennium boom. I don't want to scare people.

SueEllen
18th November 2009, 11:47
I'm not going to admit to how long I was benched after the millennium boom. I don't want to scare people.

You won't scare us.

Was it 2 years?

OrangeHopper
18th November 2009, 11:48
Possibly.

SueEllen
18th November 2009, 11:52
Possibly.
What did you fill your time with?

I've got to do some DIY.

OrangeHopper
18th November 2009, 12:00
Too much time on here.
Helped look after newborn twins (that took up most of the time).
DIY (up to a point because of the cost).
Trying to find a plan B (that unfortunately came once I was back on the job).
Playing PS2 games.
Applying for credit cards.
Trying to stay sane.

I honestly don't remember much of the details.

SantaClaus
18th November 2009, 12:05
Was once benched for a year.

Stretched contract end date on my CV and put the rest down as "travel".

Ruse
18th November 2009, 12:20
Was once benched for a year.

Stretched contract end date on my CV and put the rest down as "travel".

You want to be careful with that if you are going for Bank gigs. You have to fill in very detailed forms nowadays with full dates of all gigs and gaps. This then goes off to a checking agency who work through it in a very detailed manner to ensure there is no fibbing. If they find any inconsistencies which you can't fully explain they can and will get you canned.