December 2012

I hope that you all had a relaxing and wonderful holiday. I know it is tempting to just take the week off, but why don’t you try something different…….stay in touch with your search by attending on Thursday from 11:00 – 1:00.

Yes, we will have a meeting on Thursday.

We have no volunteers for the Launch Pad, so why don’t you come prepared? We have found that sometimes the smaller groups are better because they tend to be more focused. Those who come are the dedicated ones and everyone is ready to help.

Do yourself a favor and show up with an open mind and an open heart.

God will be there. How about you?

Bill Johnson


I probably got more response from my email on Friday than any email I have sent out. I got words of encouragement, responses from people who had found jobs, responses from people i hadn’t heard from in quite a while, and I even got one response that just said “take me off your list”.

The only type of response I didn’t get was an offer to participate in the Launch Pad.

That still leaves us with at least two slots open on Thursday.

How about it? You have had the weekend to think about it. Why not lift your spirits for Christmas by getting encouraged on your search?

Just return this Email with your request and I will assign you a slot.

One thing we did learn about Christmas being slow for job searches is that not only did Chet Lohman, Chuck Low, Greg Pratt and Tom McKinley find jobs during the season, but so did Lauren Myers, Susan Davies, Jeanine Coleman, and David Files. Must be something in the air.

Bill Johnson

So where were you yesterday? Please tell me you had an interview or a networking meeting and noon on Thursday was the only time they could see you.

Of the 250 people who will eventually receive this email, less than 5% showed up yesterday. We had a young lady named Jennie Dexter who volunteered for the launch pad….AND SHE HAD NEVER BEEN TO A MEETING BEFORE. She got about a half hour of our undivided attention and, even though the attendance was light, the help was spirited.

If you are taking a break for the holidays, you should probably re-think your strategy:

Chet Lohman just got hired
Chuck low just got hired
Greg Pratt just got hired
Tom McKinley just got hired
Kevin Turner starts his new job January 2
Ed Miller has an interview scheduled
Kent Garrett had an interview yesterday.

I got a call from a friend who told me he was mentoring a young man who just dropped out of college and needs to find a job soon. The next morning I got a call from an alum whose company was looking for several people to work in their inventory yard. Great company, excellent opportunity. when I called my friend, he said the young man had just left town to go to Colorado for Christmas………I wonder if this company will hold that job open until he gets back?……Hmmmm……..not likely.

My point is this. We are not quitting for the holidays. We will meet on Thursday the 20th…..we will meet on Thursday the 27th…….we will meet on Thursday January 3rd.

This Thursday our speaker is Travis Jones and Travis always has some great tips. We will also do the Launch Pad, and at this moment Ken Wills has requested a slot if he doesn’t have an interview scheduled. (He doesn’t seem to be taking the holidays off)

That means there are two slots available. Don’t loose your edge. Give yourself a jump-start and schedule a time. All you have to do is return this email and ask for a slot. It couldn’t be easier!

As always, slots are first come, first served.

Bill Johnson

For you HR specialists out there, I just got an Email from an employer who is looking for an HR person “for a contract or a part-time position”. That is all I know. Interested in knowing more? Send me your resume and I will forward it on.

Bill Johnson

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Bill Johnson

Well, we start from scratch again. So far, we have no volunteers for the Launch Pad Thursday. That is a shame, considering all of the successful searches that have been furthered by appearances on the Launch Pad.

I forgot to mention last week that Steve Wright was the 400th presentation that we have had since August, 2009.

Quite often, when we get a notice that someone has gotten a job, the Launch Pad is cited as having a strong part in the success.

Last week was one of the most unusual Launch Pads we have had. Most of the time, candidates get up there. give us 5 – 10 minutes of their job history, their education, and their goal in seeking a job. Then they look for feedback.

Of the 400 presentations we have had, I would estimate that less than 30 have involved power point presentations….two of the three last Thursday involved Power Point.

Of the 400 presentations we have had, I would also estimate that less than 10 have involved a requested response on a product for sale…..the third presentation involved that.

So, I don’t want anyone to get the idea that they shouldn’t do the Launch Pad because what they have to present would be nothing like last Thursday…….That is why i say that last Thursday was VERY unusual.

Please read through the attached FAQ THOROUGHLY to capture the essence of the Launch Pad, and you will see that it is ALL ABOUT YOU:


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: I have seen the Launch Pad and I feel intimidated by the experience level of those who present.

Answer: That seems to be a self-perpetuating problem. The more experienced people are the most comfortable in front of a group. But don’t let that hide the value. We have had numerous people get out there and spend time explaining what they can’t do. We gently turn their focus on what they CAN do. Everyone has a value proposition, and it is very important that you can recognize and be excited about yours. It is easy to get discouraged on a job search. You need to have a way to re-charge your batteries and the Launch Pad is perfect for that.

Question 5: 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 6: 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’.

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