March 2012

I attended today. I am not sure what numbers they were expecting but when I arrived at 11:30 I was the 14th person to show up. They have incoming work coming so there will be jobs added. I most specifically spoke about Project Mgmt, so I don’t have a great feel for the other positions.

Thought I would share with the group.


We have a little schedule in this ministry that we call the 25 word list. This list is sent out to recruiters, friends, and alumni of this program and is a source for resumes whenever a company that has received a copy of the list get’s ready to start looking for talent.


In keeping with the format of the Launch Pad information that I just sent out, I am listing FAQ’s about the 25 word list:

Question 1: Why 25 words?

Answer: Because we want to pique the interest of the reader, not bore them before they get to the end of the list. Twenty-five words takes 2 – 3 lines single-spaced and that allows someone to scan the entire list quickly.

Question 2: What if I can’t get it all in 25 words?

Answer: Just like everything else in this ministry we are not sticklers about this. Thirty words is OK, 40 is too much.

Question 3: I have a lot of experience. What if I still can’t get it in 40 words?

Answer: You can because this is not meant to be a mini-resume… is meant to be a “hook” to make someone want to see the full resume behind the brief description.

Question 4: I am suffering brain lock. I can’t think creatively right now….how can I go forward?

Answer: This is your lucky day. I have attached a copy of the current list. Just scan some of the listings and see which ones jump out at you and which ones fall flat. Then write something about yourself like the ones that stand out, and avoid writing it like the ones that fall flat.

Question 5: I have several different things I can do and I don’t see a category that fits. What now?

Answer: Who said you could only submit one listing? Write one for each specialty that you bring to the table and we will put you in there several times. If we only allowed you on the list once, someone might pass over a perfectly good candidate because what they were looking for wasn’t highlighted first.

Question 6: Why do you have initials on the list as well as names?

Answer: Because this list is not what we send out for circulation. I truncate the last two columns before it is sent out. Then employers are told to respond with the initials of the resumes they want to see and we will forward those resumes. This keeps the list somewhat confidential and doesn’t broadcast your name to the world. And, when you do get on the list, please don’t tell me to correct your initials. I have them on there as first letter of first name and first two letters of last name so that I can find them easily in my file of resumes. I also open all resumes before I send them out, just to make sure that I am sending the correct one.

Question 7: OK. How do I proceed?

Answer: I am glad you asked. Just return this E-mail and attach your 25 word description, as well as a copy of your latest and greatest resume. The resume is important because I will not put you on the list unless I have something to send out in case someone asks. One of the beauties of this list is the quick response, and if I have to wait around for you to send me a resume…….that is not good. It also helps if you tell me what category you want to be in.

Thanks for your response. I have a hard time understanding why EVERYONE wouldn’t want to do this.

Bill Johnson

Candidate List.xls

Check out the job fair below on Friday.

Bill Johnson

If you are interested, let Russ know.

Begin forwarded message:

From: Russ Knight <rknight>

Date: March 27, 2012 11:32:03 AM CDT

To: “kathleen.lee” <kathleen.lee>, Aulph Teri <teri_ann>, “etmandojt” <etmandojt>

Subject: Fwd: Job Descriptions for Lafarge – 3 openings

Russ Knight, Business Development Manager
THG Energy
(918) 858-4934 – office
(918) 640-6148 -cell

Begin forwarded message:

From: Denise Reid <denisereid>
Date: March 27, 2012 10:31:17 AM CDT
To: Denise Reid <denisereid>
Subject: Job Descriptions for Lafarge – 3 openings

FYI – LaFarge has three openings that may be of interest to individuals you know. Thanks – Denise

Posting – Ship Supv Feb 2012.doc

Are you doing everything you can do to further your job search? If you haven’t been on the Launch Pad, the answer is “NO”.

Please pay attention to the information below because I have been out of town and the schedule is blank for THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW.

If my math is correct, that means there is no one on the schedule for March 29. That is a shame because Jim Blazer is our speaker and he knows EVERYONE in Tulsa. (If he doesn’t know them they are probably not worth knowing)

FAQ’s about the Launch Pad:

Question 1: What is the big deal about the launch Pad?

Answer: The big deal is that everyone in the room bonds with your search. Not only that, but you will receive names, companies, ideas and resume suggestions that will give you something to do immediately about your search. Last week Russ & I were trying to think of people who would be a fit for a job that came across his cell phone during the Launch Pad. I sent Russ a complete list of everyone who had done the Launch Pad because we can just read the names and images jump into our minds. Unfortunately, just introducing yourself does not leave a lasting impression.

Question 2: How can I get out there in front of strangers? It is too scary.

Answer: You are not going to find a better room of friends. Your social friends are going to give a little advice or encouragement and then go back to their jobs and lives and forget. The people in that room are all in the same place or have been in the same place you are in right now. Even among the leadership group, there are very few people who haven’t experienced job loss. I, myself have been laid off politely, laid off rudely, been fired politely, fired rudely, have worked my way out of a job twice and quit and moved on twice, have taken the wrong job twice, and once I even testified in court on behalf of the company and right afterwards was basically told “thanks for all you have done for us….we don’t need you anymore.”

Question 3: Why can’t I just wait until my resume is ready?

Answer: Because your resume will never be “ready”. The resume is not the most important part of the Launch Pad anyway. We would like nothing better than to help you make it more relevant, but your previous jobs, education, and experiences in your job history are going to be more important than the white space or type fonts in your resume. Besides, if you get on the Launch Pad and then realize that you really want to pursue your passion, you can always get back on the Launch Pad and look for new ideas on how you can do that.

Question 4: What is the acceptable format for the Launch Pad?

Answer: Are you kidding? The 20 minutes are all yours. We only ask that you not use it to sell Amway or use false pretenses to promote some product. One guy passed out 3×5 cards and explained that he would appreciate feedback in a written form because he was ADD and was going to talk for 20 minutes….and he did. Another older gentleman took off his sport coat and started his Launch Pad by dropping down and doing 60 pushups…..just to let us know he wasn’t as old as he looked. Another young man read a prepared text on why he got fired and what he had learned from it, and yet another person talked the whole 20 minutes as he reasoned his way into going after his true passion of life. We recommend that you spend five to 10 minutes filling in the details of who you are and what you are looking for and then allow 10 – 15 minutes for feedback……but it’s whatever floats your boat.

Question 5: OK What do I have to do to qualify to get on the schedule?

Answer: Everyone has the opportunity….for whatever reason, some have not tried. That is their loss. All you need to do is respond to this E-mail with a simple request to be put on the schedule and I will respond with your time. It is that simple. I ask that you respond by E-mail for two reasons. First, it is first come, first served, and E-mail makes it clear who was first. Second, if you tell me during a meeting, there is a good chance I will forget before I get back to the office and that tends to cause hard feelings.

Thanks in advance for volunteering….le bon ton rolle’.

Bill Johnson

In the Cc: of this email, you have emails for all of the leadership team. If you don’t know who knows/does what, ask me. We are all in this to help you, so don’t hesitate to use the resources right at your fingertips.


Welcome! I’m sorry you have a reason to be with us but I know for certain you’ve made a good decision. We passed the “where two or more of you are gathered” stage about seven or eight hundred people ago but God is certainly in this place. You are not alone in any meaning of the phrase. Don’t ever underestimate someone’s importance. You will never find a room filled with people who would love to help you like this one. You’re not alone and we are here for you.

1) I am attaching a document that will tell you how to upload your resume to our Yahoo website. We are in the process of switching over to this website, so it’s important that you become familiar with it.

2) You need a resume. Whatever you have is great. Send it to James Hewitt (james.hewitt) by e-mail and we will make sure everyone on the leadership team gets it. This is in addition to you putting it on the website. If you have website questions, contact Russ Knight.

3) I work at home on an iMac. Sometimes formatting gets lost in the translation. If you cannot open a file I send, let me know. There are many ways to send documents and one of them will work! Also, if you are using Microsoft Vista or later, you must save your document as “Word document 1997 through 2004” or whatever it says under SAVE AS. It must go out as a .doc, not .docx. Many of us cannot open .docx.

4) Sign up for what we call The Launch Pad. Bill Johnson’s e-mail is at the top of this email and he’s the one that schedules it. Rather than thinking you have to talk about yourself for 20 minutes, realize you only have to talk for about 5 and then let everyone else help you for 15 more minutes. People survive it every week! Even if you don’t know what you want, we’ll help you figure it out!

That’s enough for now. Remember, you are in good hands and you’ve made a good decision.



In a nutshell:

Join our Yahoo group Link:

Read Russ’ blog

Ask me anything you need to know.


We never can tell who might be leaning in this direction so we just let you decide

Bill Johnson

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