May 2012


Well I hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend. Now it is time to get back to business.

Lynn Pulliam is the only firm volunteer we have for Thursday. I have one other who is considering, but until they respond I still have two slots open.

It would probably be good for all of you marketing types out there to explain why we have such an ebb and flow to the volunteers for the Launch Pad.

We tend to see it in black and white which is why we say:

ARE YOU DOING EVERYTHING YOU CAN DO TO FURTHER YOUR JOB SEARCH? IF YOU HAVEN’T DONE THE LAUNCH PAD THE ANSWER IS NO!

This is not just a catchy phrase that we use, it is the truth as relayed in a testimony by Michael Stelly last fall. It made so much sense and was coming from someone in the tenches, so we adopted it as our own. The not-too-subtle message is “What is keeping you from doing something that will give your search a possible boost?”

Every person in that room has your best interest at heart, and every person will be reaching into their depths of knowledge to come up with something to offer that might lead you to success.

If you think you are not ready, you are just slowing things down. Give yourself a gut check and ask yourself how many times you have used that excuse to keep from doing something that you know you need to do, but for some reason, fear to get started.

Does your ego need a boost? Volunteer for the Launch Pad….it’s one of the things that we do best.

Now, take some positive action. Return this E-mail and ask for a slot. It is as easy as that. This could truly be the first step to a brighter tomorrow.

Bill Johnson

I’m sorry this took so long, my life was a little crazy last week!

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.

I KNOW IT’S A LOT OF INFORMATION, BUT PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE E-MAIL! CHECK THESE THINGS OFF AS YOU DO THEM. THE ATTACHMENT IS AT THE VERY BOTTOM!

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 Bill Johnson (b<a href="mailto:jcpaok) 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.

Blessings, Kathleen

In a nutshell:

Join our Yahoo group Link: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/ETMandOJT/

Read Russ’ blog www.dangerruss1970.blogspot.com

Ask me anything you need to know.

Yahoo_Groups_Instructions.doc

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.

I KNOW IT’S A LOT OF INFORMATION, BUT PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE E-MAIL! CHECK THESE THINGS OFF AS YOU DO THEM. THE ATTACHMENT IS AT THE VERY BOTTOM!

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 Bill Johnson (b<a href="mailto:jcpaok) 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.

Blessings, Kathleen

In a nutshell:

Join our Yahoo group Link: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/ETMandOJT/

Read Russ’ blog www.dangerruss1970.blogspot.com

Ask me anything you need to know.

Yahoo_Groups_Instructions.doc

The Launch Pad for next Thursday the 24 has Stephen Saunders, Debra Ingram and Tom McKinley

We have no one scheduled for the 31st. What an opportunity. Debra Ingram has done this before, but there are a lot of new people who don’t know her and she wants to stay fresh on peoples’ minds……..good idea. There are a nuber of reasons why YOU should do this.

Here are some common questions we get about the Launch Pad:

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”.

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. Sometime back 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

Tomorrow on the Launch Pad we have Alex Barnett, Michelle Claybon, and Landon Dick.

Next week we have Stephen Saunders, Debra Ingram & Mark Owen

From May 31st forward, the schedule is open.

ARE YOU DOING EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO FURTHER YOUR JOB SEARCH? IF YOU HAVEN’T DONE THE LAUNCH PAD, THE ANSWER IS NO!

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.

I KNOW IT’S A LOT OF INFORMATION, BUT PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE E-MAIL! CHECK THESE THINGS OFF AS YOU DO THEM. THE ATTACHMENT IS AT THE VERY BOTTOM!

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 Bill Johnson (b<a href="mailto:jcpaok) 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.

Blessings, Kathleen

In a nutshell:

Join our Yahoo group Link: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/ETMandOJT/

Read Russ’ blog www.dangerruss1970.blogspot.com

Ask me anything you need to know.

Yahoo_Groups_Instructions.doc

Thursday on the Launch Pad are Laura Ahlert, Derek Wills, and Chuck Low.

ARE YOU DOING EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO FURTHER YOUR JOB SEARCH? IF YOU HAVEN’T DONE THE LAUNCH PAD, THE ANSWER IS NO

Help us buy into your job search by signing up for a slot today. The next available slot is May 31, so get your reservations in early. Just reply to this E-mail with your request and I will respond with your slot.

Thanks for volunteering.

Bill Johnson

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