January 2012

You’ve heard of it. You’ve read about it. What the heck is it? Let Bill Johnson explain:

Every Monday morning, I send out an E-mail updating everyone on the status of the Launch Pad……this would be it.
At the meeting on Thursday, I could have sworn that several people were writing down my E-mail address to request a spot on the Launch Pad, but no one did………Huh……..I must have been mistaken.

Or maybe not.  Maybe the excitement wore off quickly and you remembered that it seemed a little intimidating to you, or maybe you determined that you just weren’t ready…….Huh……I hope I am mistaken.

You see, the Launch Pad is an open opportunity for other people to connect to your job search.  It is also an open opportunity for you to get some names, ideas, and direction to give your search a jump-start or a re-start (hence the name Launch Pad).  The fact of the matter is that two weeks ago we had eleven new people in the room and last Thursday we had twelve.  Although everyone introduced themselves, that memory is fading fast.  I, for one, remember those who do the Launch Pad.  If I start to forget, I also have a complete list of dates and names of EVERYONE who has done the Launch Pad in the past, and I keep a file on every resume that crosses my path via E-mail, so I can research the Launch Pad history when someone is looking for someone within a specific specialty.

So, it is up to you to help us help you.

Put aside your hang-ups and inhibitions.  There is no “state of readiness” for the Launch Pad.  It is your 20 minutes and all you have to do to qualify is to ask send me an email.  I have no one on the schedule beyond this Thursday, so I suggest you take a leap of faith NOW.

Ask your self, “Am I doing everything I can to further my job search?”  If you haven’t volunteered for the Launch Pad, the answer is “NO”.


Have you heard of 25 words? Wonder what it is? Wonder no longer. Bill Johnson explains in detail:

…I am now going to turn your attention to the 25 word list.  This is another tool we use to get your name out to those who might be hiring.

We ask each of you to consider writing a blurb about yourself so that people will know that you are looking, and we request that it be limited to 25 words….the reason being, we want HR people and others to be able to scan the list quickly to find what they are looking for.  All of us on the committee have contacts that we send this list to on a regular basis.  We also send it to people who have come through the program and have found a job…..they are our strongest advocates, and you would be surprised how many have responded wanting to see resumes.

Do we reject your submission if it is more than 25 words?  Not necessarily….30 is OK, 40 is too much.  We are not asking for a summary of your resume, but a hook that will make someone want to see the resume behind the information.  Here is a copy of the current list so you can scan it yourself.  Please note that some of these descriptions grab your attention and some do not……write yours accordingly.

Why should you do this?  Well, Packy Cowan did (and the Launch Pad) and she just got a job that came directly as a result of us sending the 25 word list to someone who had been through the program.  This morning I got a request from an alumnus for all of the resumes we had on the list who are HR specialists.  (Take note….if you are in HR and are not on the list as an HR specialist, you just missed an opportunity to have your resume FIRST in front of someone who is actively looking).  I also saw a request on the Yahoo group for resumes from those who would like to be an administrative assistant for Nordam.  This is someone who will probably take the resumes she gets in response into HR and ask them to start the interview process.  I put her on my list of people to receive the 25 word list and asked her to walk it into HR at Nordam.  She will now get an updated list every week, which means that your information could be at Nordam on a regular basis.


If you would like your name on the 25 word list, just email your 25 word description and a copy of your latest and greatest resume to me, Bill Johnson.  I prefer your description in Excel format because it is easier for me to transfer, but I haven’t rejected anyone who failed to read this E-mail closely and sent it in some other format. (I do, however, wonder how good your interview skills can be where you have to listen and respond, when you can’t read and respond).

We are not your mothers……we can’t force you to eat your peas and carrots, and we can’t force you to do the things that we know you need to do to find a job.  We can only shake our heads in wonderment that it sometimes takes so long for the light bulb to come on.  However, let me assure you that when your light bulb comes on, we will not shake our heads…..WE WILL REJOICE.

Ask yourself, “Am I doing everything I can do to further my job search?”  If you are not on the Launch Pad and you are not on the 25 word list, your answer is “NO”.

…Social Media, that is.

Welcome to the inaugural post of the Employment Transitions Ministries – Tulsa. This group was founded to help those who’ve lost their jobs, or want new ones, find like-minded others with whom to network, learn new strategies for finding THE job for them, and support each other in dealing with an incredibly stress-inducing time in our lives. You are not alone.

This blog’s purpose is to provide a central location for all communication between the leadership team and ETM members. Speaking of members, there is no membership requirement. You’re a member if you say you are. Or even if you don’t know it, yet. Because, the reality is, almost every single person will experience at least one job employment transition in their lifetime. The research shows that it’ll probably be more than that.

So, if you’re unemployed in or around Tulsa, OK, please join us every Thursday from 11am – 1pm at the First United Methodist Church located 11th and Boulder, Tulsa, OK. Parking is located across the street on Boulder. Even if you’re gainfully employed but want to network with a great bunch of people, and maybe learn a thing or three about your own career aspirations, show up. Everyone is welcome.

We look forward to meeting all our old and new friends.