October 2012


Bill Johnson

I am sending you a copy of the most recent 25 word list because…….

This morning at our leader’s meeting Chris Bourne was asking if we had any IT project managers because he has an in with a company who does IT projects for Oneok and they are hurting for people. Frank Wantland also knows someone in Houston who is looking for oil & gas talent.

As I look over the list I just sent them, we do have talent on the list, but I know there are a lot more out there WHO HAVEN’T BOTHERED TO MAKE A SUBMISSION.

Come on, people. We all know that the chances of finding your next job just by being on a list are not great, but people who are looking for talent DO look at our list and, IF YOU DON”T EVEN PLAY THE GAME, YOU HAVE NO CHANCE OF WINNING……ZERO…..NADA

I am sending you a copy of the FAQ we have for the 25 word list. Read it, then look over the attached list to see examples of how you should write your blurb and send me your submission. It would also help if you would tell me how you want to be listed.

If you can’t see the value in this….well…..I don’t understand…….I just don’t understand.

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.

ARE YOU DOING EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO FURTHER YOUR JOB SEARCH? IF YOU HAVEN’T DONE THE LAUNCH PAD AND YOUR NAME IS NOT ON THE 25 WORD LIST, THE ANSWER IS “NO”!

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…..it 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.

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Chuck Low is currently the only person signed up for the Launch Pad for Thursday.

That means there are two slots available & I am expecting at least one person to respond to this E-mail based on a conversation we had after Thursday’s meeting.

That means if you want to further your job search by doing the Launch Pad, you need to respond to this E-mail quickly and let me know.

The ONLY requirement we have to sign up for the Launch Pad is that you respond to this E-mail. We have no seniority, no processing fees, no preferential treatment for graduating seniors……….this is truly a transparent opportunity.

You snooze, you lose.

Bill Johnson

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