LVP Virtual Meeting

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Agenda for Friday, 23 October 2020


LVP has been meeting virtually using the ZOOM meeting software.  Each week’s meeting still starts promptly at 10:00 AM each Friday morning.  You can join the meeting by using one of the links here:
Topic: LVP Virtual Meeting - Job Search in the COVID-19 Environment
Time: Oct 23, 2020 10:00 AM EDT
Meeting ID: 841 4901 1077
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                           Meeting Moderator: James M. Laverty, Chair, LVP
10:00 AM – Welcome and Announcements
10:05 AM Today’s Presentation – JOB SEARCH IN THE COVID-19 ENVIRONMENT” with Ken Sher
Today’s Presentation
The world and job market changed dramatically in the spring of 2020. There are millions of people whose employment status was impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and, because of that, managing your job search and career is more important than ever. 
The foundational aspects of a job search, like your resume, LinkedIn profile and networking remain important, but the content and your approach to finding your next opportunity need to be reflective of the “new” work environment. This includes being effective with communicating relevant information virtually in networking conversations and interviews.
You need to be confident with your abilities (TRUST yourself), establish processes that will help lead you to success (TRUST your plan) and develop productive relationships that are based on mutual TRUST. 
TRUST can be developed and strengthened with focus on the 5-aspects of the TRUST Model:
Transparency: This is about being honest with yourself regarding your strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes. You need to have a “Personal Brand” so you and your contacts can clearly and concisely communicate what you offer an employer to get you to the best place you can be as quickly as possible.
Results: You need to present the results you’ve delivered clearly and concisely and this should come through in your networking conversations, interviews, and in all your job search marketing materials.... especially your resume and LinkedIn profile. 
Understanding: The job market today is more challenging than ever, especially if you are mid-late career. You need to understand all aspects of a successful job search, including social media and LinkedIn in particular.
Simplify: There is a lot to think about and do for your job search. When you get opportunities to interview, this can feel overwhelming and very stressful. You can reduce your stress level by simplifying the process and mastering the 3Ps for successful interviewing: Prepare, Process, Practice
Team: It’s estimated that more than 70% of jobs are landed through networking. Looking for a new job is hard. It can be discouraging and frustrating.  You need to have a good support system and a strong network to help you get to your next great opportunity. Isolation is the enemy of the unemployed.
Separately and collectively, each aspect of the “TRUST Success Model” outlined above can be developed and become the foundation of a successful job search and career regardless of market conditions.

Today’s Speaker
Ken Sher has been providing Career Coaching and Executive Leadership Coaching for nearly 30-years. He had the painful experience of being laid off, after nearly 25-years, from a Fortune 50 company. But, after working through the pain of being suddenly out of work, he figured it out and won 3-jobs while still in his 50s.

Now, Ken helps his clients figure out the job market to find their next opportunity.

Ken held multiple leadership roles, including Director, Johnson & Johnson Sales Recruiting, where he refined his skills about how to identify, recruit and retain talent. He brings that experience and a practical approach to coaching that often leads to professional transformation for his clients.

Ken is a member of the Five O’clock Club, the Life Sciences Trainers & Educators Network (LTEN) and the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and a member of the National Speaker’s Association Academy.
Ken practices what he teaches about developing a healthy work/life balance and enjoys spending time with his wife Nancy and their 3 grown children. Ken may be contacted at or or

11:15 AM – Your Elevator Speech
11:30 AM – Adjourn
Last Week’s Meeting
These are the recordings from our 10/16/20 Meeting.  They are also posted for logged-in members on the LVP website.
 “How to Get a Job in the Coronavirus Era” with Alex Freund

Next Meeting:  Friday, October 30, 2020

“Interviewing Skills” with Michael Brenner

Please note that meeting end times are approximate as we have more and more information we need to provide to our members. If your schedule requires an early exit, please be aware of ongoing speakers and exit quietly so as to not disturb other members’ attention to the presentation.