On Friday I’ll be stepping in for Kathy Lansford as her understudy.
Since LaunchPad Job Club was formed, all the way back in 2001, Kathy has only taken breaks in the dead week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. She’s due for a vacation, and I’m stepping in to to take her place for a week so she can take that well-deserved break.
Now, I know that even if I don a wig, low heels, and prop a pair of glasses on my head, I won’t be able to replace her, even for one week, so I won’t even try. But I will try to abide by the guiding principles she’s developed over the years for LPJC meetings:
- Humor! I have to take it easy on everyone as my sense of humor… well, lets just say everyone who knows my sense of humor is breathing a sigh of relief right now. But one of the first principles of LPJC is keep things light and upbeat.
- On that same note, no whining and complaining. If you want to do that, do it on your own time. The Job Club has work to do.
- And just what is that work? Why, sharing the wealth of knowledge, wisdom, and connections shared by the LPJC membership. As Kathy says, “In this room is the smartest, most talented, best looking group of people you can ever hope to find!”
This is what Kathy sent out to the LPJC mailing list regarding the meeting:
I will be on vacation this Friday. Jim Adcock, member of the LPJC Meeting Management Team, will preside over the meeting.
I wanted to choose a very special speaker for the week I will be gone, someone who will provide you with exactly the kind of information you need to help you in your job search. That person is Sheryl Friesz with 17 years experience as a corporate technical recruiter in Silicon Valley. Before that, she ran her own staffing company for 5 years. Most recently, she founded and operated her own consulting firm.
Sheryl will be discussing the job search process from both sides of the desk, explaining how a recruiter finds and hires talented people. She will also talk candidly about the issue that seems to confound the Austin jobseeker: the salary question.
Sheryl will make her presentation during the regular Launch Pad meeting Friday, August 21, from approximately 10:30-11:30 at the Monarch Events Center, 6406 I-35N. Don’t forget, new members should come at 9:30 for new member orientation.
And I will be contributing my positive attitude, and as much of the things I’ve learned while trying to get a job and get my career on track as I can fit in the time I’ll be on the stage. Particularly, I’m going to be sharing one of the results of my volunteer activities and my involvement in my professional community, and one of the most important lessons I picked up from Kim Brushaber’s ConnectionCampthis week, which I will be blogging about soon.
Will the capable help of the rest of the Meeting Management Team (hey guys, our group has a name!), and the example, the inspiration and the wisdom learned from Kathy, I’m sure I’ll do her credit.
Come watch the fun!
Oh, and be sure to bring the name of a target company to the meeting….
Jim Adcock is Vice President of Launch Pad Job Club, an organization in Austin, Texas, whose mission is help people who have lost their jobs to get the skills they need to land their next job, and to help them cope with the interim between jobs. Check out other career-related entries.