July 2012


I am sitting here trying to understand why the aversion to the Launch Pad. Is it fear, is it a lack of understanding,is it depression, or is it just a lack of motivation? If everyone in the room were under 25, I could understand it better because we have found a lot of younger people sometimes tend to think that the jobs should find them.

I also understand that the loss of a job is traumatic, especially if this is the first time…..I have never felt good about losing a job….well, maybe once, but that one was a relief.

We also have several people in the room who have let us know that they have never had to look for a job before….that is understandable.

I want you all to think back to the last time you were in school. Did you ever have a class that really interested you….how did you do in that class?

Did you ever have a class where you had a difficult time paying attention, whether it was boring or whether you just didn’t get it….how did you do in that class?

Did you ever take a course that was required for graduation, and you knew if you didn’t pass it, your time in school would be extended past what you originally planned?

Well guess what. It’s class time, and if you pay attention, your time in school does not have to be extended. As a matter of fact, if you engage, you will have a much better chance of finding what you actually want. The choice is up to you, only now you can’t blame the results on a lack of maturity.

It is time for you to get past (notice I did not say get over) whatever is holding you back. Volunteering for the launch Pad could be just the thing to get you back on track…..hence the name ‘Launch Pad’.

We want nothing but the best for you and trust us when we say the Launch Pad is the best thing you can do right now.

Nothing is holding you back because signing up is ridiculously easy and has no criteria except:

Return this E-mail with a request to be put on the schedule…..first come, first served.

Bill Johnson

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Well, we have no one who has volunteered for the Launch Pad this week.

Just as a reminder, the FAQ says it so well:

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

You are such a generous man! We are so lucky to have you in our lives!

On Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 1:12 PM, Bill Johnson <bjcpaok> wrote:

I have just been handed five tickets to the Drillers game, Tuesday Night, July 31….including a parking pass. If you would like these tickets, let me know and then show up tomorrow. If more than one person responds, we will have a drawing for the tickets, but you have to respond now and show up tomorrow to be eligible for the drawing.

Hey…when you are unemployed, sometimes it is hard to justify entertainment expense, but these are free…..and I will throw in a $10 Quik Trip gas card to boot.

Bill Johnson

I have just been handed five tickets to the Drillers game, Tuesday Night, July 31….including a parking pass. If you would like these tickets, let me know and then show up tomorrow. If more than one person responds, we will have a drawing for the tickets, but you have to respond now and show up tomorrow to be eligible for the drawing.

Hey…when you are unemployed, sometimes it is hard to justify entertainment expense, but these are free…..and I will throw in a $10 Quik Trip gas card to boot.

Bill Johnson

As of this morning, Russ Knight and Martha Blevins are scheduled on the Launch Pad for Thursday.

We need one more person to look around and realize that the Launch Pad is a great way to get thirty other people involved in your job search.

The big question is:

ARE YOU DOING EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO FURTHER YOUR JOB SEARCH? iF YOU HAVEN’T BEEN ON THE LAUNCH PAD THE ANSWER IS NO!

Just return this E-mail with your request to be put on the schedule and I will respond…..It’s that easy.

Bill Johnson

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