Launch Pad


This Thursday Melissa Powell, Nicole Quist, and Ellen Averill are on the Launch Pad. That also means that the schedule is wide open after that.

It is a good idea to sign up early so you are sure of your place.

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

If you have been to a meeting and witnessed the Launch Pad, you have seen how simple the concept is. You get 20 minutes in front of the whole group to present your search and look for feedback. There is nothing else to it. There are no requirements, no forms to fill out, no pre-requisites. Just return this E-mail with a request to be put on the schedule and you placed on the list. I will remind those who are on the schedule at the beginning of the week, and your only requirement is to show up.

I also find it interesting that after all of that work last week on the 25 word list, we have only had three new submissions so far….Anthony Cole, Jim Weigand, and Diane Steinhoff. If you are intending to submit your 25 words, please do so today because I am intending to send out the list this afternoon. I have attached a copy of the list as it currently is compiled.

Thanks for attending to both issues.

Bill Johnson

Candidate List.xls

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

Tomorrow on the Launch Pad we have Bobbie Harper, David Keneipp, and Carolyn Ruth Finley. Next week on the Launch Pad we have Melissa Powell and Nicole Quist.

Since we have a full schedule tomorrow and only one slot available next week, I thought I would just re-print the Launch Pad FAQ’s with this reminder…..there is only one slot open for next week and it is first come, first served.

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. Recently 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

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”!

In keeping with the format of the Launch Pad information that I just sent out, I am listing FAQ’s about the 25 word list:

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

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”.

Please pay attention to the information below because I have been out of town and the schedule is blank for THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW.

If my math is correct, that means there is no one on the schedule for March 29. That is a shame because Jim Blazer is our speaker and he knows EVERYONE in Tulsa. (If he doesn’t know them they are probably not worth knowing)

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

Scheduled for the Launch Pad for this Thursday, March 15 are Kendra Stewart-Broam, Paige Harris and Nidhi Sharma. If the math is right, we are all full up…..yea.

This creates what every successful salesman looks for…..a sense of urgency.

You have an opportunity to sign up for next week, March 22. (Now comes the sympathy ploy) I am going to be out of town next week, so it sure would make my job a lot easier if you would just go ahead and do it now so I don’t have to be trying to coordinate things by long distance.

I have seen heightened activity in the jobs that are coming available, and when an employer asks me about potential candidates, the people who come to mind are those who have been on the Launch Pad. (Here is some logical reasoning) It just makes you so much more familiar.

Sign up now, (Here’s that sense of urgency again) before next week’s slots get claimed by someone else.

Just respond to this E-mail & I will respond to you….it is that simple. (Trying to make it as non-threatening as possible).

Bill Johnson (bjcpaok@hotmail.com)

No one additional has stepped forward and volunteered for the Launch Pad tomorrow. To me, that is like kletting a plane take off with empty seats…..you will never have another chance to sell those seats once the plane takes off.

So we have two slots open tomorrow. You may still respond to this E-mail to claim your slot, or, you may want to bring extra copies of your resume with you tomorrow, just in case you get hit with a lightning bolt of courage.

Bill Johnson

OK. So Susan Everett is on the Launch Pad for Thursday, March 8, and Kendra Stewart-Broam is on the Launch Pad for Thursday March 15.

What about you?

Are you doing everything that you can do to further your job search? If you have not done the Launch Pad, the answer is “NO”!

We see people get up every Thursday and enlighten us on their job search, and we see others in the room contribute to their search. What we end up with is a better understanding of who you are and what you are looking for, and a record of your search that gets stored in the data base that we carry with us every day….our brain.

When someone contacts the ministry and wants to know if we have anyone who can _________(fill in the blank), the people who come to mind are the ones who have done the Launch Pad.

No offense, but if you haven’t done the Launch Pad you tend to blend in.

So, if you would like to correct that situation, just return this E-mail with a request to be on the schedule and I will respond. It is as simple as that.

Bill Johnson

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