January 2013


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

As I look over the current list, 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. Some because they are new, and some because they just haven’t bothered

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.

Bill Johnson

Candidate List.xls

Well, I seem to waste a lot of time trying to come up with a new creative line every week to sell the Launch Pad.

It is not working.

Practically speaking, the Launch Pad should sell itself.

Next Thursday Nick Lagrand has volunteered. That leaves two open slots.

If you want one, just return this email with your request and I will schedule you.

Bill Johnson

At risk of overstepping my bounds by responding to so many of you on this email…

I am the young lady Bill mentioned several weeks ago, who participated in the Launch Pad at my first FUMC lunch meeting. IT WAS FUN. Really! I’m not going to lie – it was intimidating to take those three steps to get me to the front of the room. But once I did, I was empowered! I caught my breath and attempted to stop sweating as I passed my resume out to all the kind-eyed folks around the room. As I did, some words of encouragement were whispered… I knew I was in the right place.

Words cannot describe the energy I felt as my moment in the spotlight subsided. Yes, I was asked challenging questions, but they needed to be asked – I needed clarification in my own mind, and better these supportive people catch me unprepared rather than a hiring manager during an interview! I was REengergized by the caring souls sitting around me. Some silently cheering me on with nods and smiles, while others were very direct and – as mentioned – asked the tough questions. And of course, there were innumberable words of encouragement. Everything about that experience was wonderful. My spirits were uplifted, I made connections… everyone in that room was a SUPPORTIVE FRIEND. It is an incredibly safe, non-judgemental situation, and I highly recommend your participation. There are infinite possibilities in terms of what you can get out of the LaunchPad and the meeting as a whole. YOU are in control of YOUR SUCCESS. I walked away with so much – contacts, new approaches, much-needed resume help, and a renewed sense of self worth… priceless intangibles.

If you want to participate in the Launch Pad, but are simply feeling scared or unsure, feel free to contact me. I will be happy to talk you through it, give you suggestions as to how to stay calm or what to expect, or simply give you a pep talk. I assure you, you are doing yourself an immense disservice if you pass up the opportunity Bill, Russ and the Team provide on a weekly basis. This is an amazing program driven by even more amazing people.

Wishing you all that you work hard for and deserve in this new year,
Jennie Dexter
jennie.dexter

On Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 5:28 PM, Bill Johnson <bjcpaok> wrote:

Judging by the attendance today, many of you are still on a holiday.

May I make a few suggestions?

Get back into the swing of the search ASAP. Many companies are now working on their first quarter budgets, and every day you delay can put you another day behind your competition.

This might be a good time to try a New Year’s Resolution.

Repeat after me: I resolve to……

Come on! This isn’t that hard. Get up off your couch, put down that ding dong, and step away from the remote.

Now, repeat after me: I resolve to do everything I can….

I saw you roll your eyes. This isn’t even as hard as eating all of your brocoli. Now try it again. Repeat after me: I resolve to do everything I can to further my job search. I will work hard on staying connected and….

Oh my! The holiday hangover has affected your attention span. Let’s try something different. Repeat after me: IresolvetodoeverythingIcantofurthermyjobsearch.Iwillworkhard onstayingconnectedandwillstronglyconsiderattendingtheFUMCjobsministryeveryThursday,includingparticipatingintheLaunchPad.

Mo betta. Now that wasn’t hard, was it? All you need to do to get on the Launch Pad schedule is to return this E-mail with your request and I will put you on the schedule. Just to make sure that the holidays haven’t affected your memory, I am concluding with our Launch Pad FAQ:

ARE YOU DOING EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO FURTHER YOUR 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. 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’

Bill Johnson

Judging by the attendance today, many of you are still on a holiday.

May I make a few suggestions?

Get back into the swing of the search ASAP. Many companies are now working on their first quarter budgets, and every day you delay can put you another day behind your competition.

This might be a good time to try a New Year’s Resolution.

Repeat after me: I resolve to……

Come on! This isn’t that hard. Get up off your couch, put down that ding dong, and step away from the remote.

Now, repeat after me: I resolve to do everything I can….

I saw you roll your eyes. This isn’t even as hard as eating all of your brocoli. Now try it again. Repeat after me: I resolve to do everything I can to further my job search. I will work hard on staying connected and….

Oh my! The holiday hangover has affected your attention span. Let’s try something different. Repeat after me: IresolvetodoeverythingIcantofurthermyjobsearch.Iwillworkhard onstayingconnectedandwillstronglyconsiderattendingtheFUMCjobsministryeveryThursday,includingparticipatingintheLaunchPad.

Mo betta. Now that wasn’t hard, was it? All you need to do to get on the Launch Pad schedule is to return this E-mail with your request and I will put you on the schedule. Just to make sure that the holidays haven’t affected your memory, I am concluding with our Launch Pad FAQ:

ARE YOU DOING EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO FURTHER YOUR 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. 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’

Bill Johnson

Indeed
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Manager – Fundraising & Special Events
American Diabetes Association – Tulsa, OK
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) seeks an individual with demonstrated experience to work with the Eastern Oklahoma fundraising team from our Tulsa, OK office. Position is full time. Primary responsibility will be the coordination of the Step Out; Walk To Fight Diabetes and oversight and supervision of the Tulsa Tour de Cure Associate…
American Diabetes Association – 7 days ago

OPENING
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Are you looking for a career opportunity that directly impacts the community you live in? How about an opportunity to have a rewarding career working for the premier voluntary health organization that supports people with type 1 & type 2 diabetes?

Our employees like working at the American Diabetes Association because of our opportunities, inclusive environment, work-life balance, benefits and culture. When you join our dedicated team you will experience the gratification of knowing your work impacts the well-being of millions of people, both directly and indirectly, affected by diabetes.

DESCRIPTION
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) seeks an individual with demonstrated experience to work with the Eastern Oklahoma fundraising team from our Tulsa, OK office. Position is full time. Primary responsibility will be the coordination of the Step Out; Walk To Fight Diabetes and oversight. Applicant will also assist with the planning and execution of other special events in the market.

Job duties include the following:
* Recruit and manage high-level volunteers for leadership of the special events
* Recruit and manage high-level corporate sponsors for the event
* Retain and recruit participants for special events
* Recruit and manage new corporate and family/friends teams along with building current teams
* Manage sponsors and participants to achieve their maximum potential in fund-raising, team building and understanding of diabetes and the ADA
* Year round preparation for ‘day of event’ and execution of logistics (i.e. site layout, securing rest stop locations and respective sponsors, working with the various townships to secure necessary permits, etc.)
* Secure marketing and promotional materials for the event (i.e. newspaper ads, flyers, posters, lunch and learns, etc.)
* Manage and give direction to committees to:
— Secure in-kind donations for day of events (i.e. food, entertainment, giveaways, etc.)
— Continue to build event committee membership, facilitate committee and subcommittee meetings
* Ensure succession planning for leadership in key positions for events ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
* Sales experience, including cold calling
* Customer relationship building is strongly recommended
* Strong oral and written presentation skills
* Must know how to initiate and successfully close sales & confirm mutual understandings
* Manage volunteer participation to successful outcomes
* Must be team oriented & pay attention to detail
* Manage multiple activities, and communicate the vision of the ADA to ensure successful events
* Must have experience in working with people of diverse backgrounds
* Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in experience
* Three to four years of non-profit fund raising experience, with a proven track record of success
* Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, excellent internet skills
* Ability to lift 50 pounds, position requires moving, carrying and transporting event objects and materials CLOSING When you join us, you can expect competitive salaries, comprehensive benefit programs, a true focus on work-life balance, training and support from your team leaders, and the latest resources available to ensure that you succeed in meeting your goals and objectives.

An equal opportunity employer.
“Together we can Stop Diabetes

Joyce Jochim
American Diabetes Association.

Below is an interesting opportunity from Global Gardens. A teaching position without the normal requirements. Exceptional at-risk program.

If you are wondering about attending the meeting today, you should make every effort. Our speaker is Jim Blazer and he has a real heart for all of you. Jim has forgotten more about networking than you or I will ever know, and he knows EVERYBODY in Tulsa. (Maybe not EVERYBODY, but if he doesn’t know them they are probably not worth knowing).

This is your chance to get connected…..don’t miss it.

Bill Johnson

Attached is a job opening at Airgas for a collections CSR….high school or GED required.

Just a reminder that we don’t take holiday weeks off. We will be meeting tomorrow, and if you would like to do the Launch Pad, return this E-mail to give me a heads-up, then bring extra copies of your resume and we will work at least three in.

Why not make a Newyear’s resolution that you are going to give your job search your best effort.

Keep that resolution by coming every Thursday from 11:00 – 1:00 and see if you don’t reap some rewards from the effort…I am betting you will.

Bill Johnson

Airgas 1-2-13.docx