From Meredith Herrick @ JoCo

Hi Michael,

I hope this message finds you well! I am currently working with an excellent energy company located in downtown Tulsa that has an opening for a Java Developer. This position is a long-term, open-ended, W2 contract that provides benefits! This position can not be remote. Would you have an interest or know of someone who is seeking new opportunities?

I can be reached at 918-398-7593*106 or by email at I look forward to hearing from you!



Hello All!

There is an opening in my company, Limco Airepair for a receptionist position! Could pay anywhere from $14 to $16 an hour!

Today is possibly the last day for interviews so please give Limco a call to set up an interview FAST!!! 918-445-4300
This is a great company and I know the job will go to a great candidate so get your resume out, your business attire, and your cover letter. Limco is the place for you!



On Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 5:06 PM, Bill Johnson <bjcpaok> wrote:

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Bill Johnson

Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow night (Tuesday) is OJT (Overcoming Job Transitions) at Asbury.

It starts at 6:30 and offers a class setting where you can get some individualized help with your job search.

Classes offered are:

Getting Started (What do I want to be when I grow up)

Go around the North end of the building until you get to the back. Enter the main doors next to the awning that says “Family Center” (or something like that).

Follow the signs upstairs to OJT.

This is brought to you by the same people who put on the Thursday meeting at First Methodist.

See you there.

Bill Johnson

So far this week only Beckah Brady has volunteered for the Launch Pad.

I am not going to plead, I am just going to re-run our FAQ:


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

Thursday our speaker is Lisa Johnson with Part Time Pros. We give her free reign to speak on what is on her heart, but quite often her subjects have to do with interviewing. She will leave you with a nugget or two so don’t miss it.

So far we have no volunteers for the Launch Pad. If you have told someone you want to do the Launch Pad, you just need to pass that word to me and I will put you on the schedule.

As I mentioned last week at our regular meeting, we have had over 400 people present their search on the Launch Pad, and no one has reported a bad experience. Quite the contrary. This is an opportunity to lift your spirits and give your search a boost.

It is a real benefit to us because you get planted on our consciousness….we are very aware of who you are and what you do.

There is only one pre-requisite to being on the Launch Pad… have to ask.

You do so by returning this e-mail with a request to be put on the schedule & I will respond to your request. It’s that simple.

What are you waiting for?

Bill Johnson

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.


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… 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