Launch Pad FAQs

FAQ’s about the Launch Pad:   (Written by Bill Johnson – updated – June 2015,  again by Leadership Team – Nov 2016)

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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 some immediate action items about your search. (i.e. NETWORKING SUPPORT)

  • HISTORY (EARLY 2009):   Sometime back Russ Knight & 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 (now up to ~800+ as of Sept 2017) because we can just read the names and images jump into our minds. Unfortunately, just introducing yourself does not leave a lasting impression.
  • UPDATE June 2015:    Glen Hall, Lisa Johnson and other Volunteers are still using this same approach.    OJT will get calls/emails from Alumni for ‘referrals’ and we coach everyone to go through the Launch Pad to energize their search.

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. Social friends are going to give a little advice or encouragement (it might be what you want to hear as well) 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 Volunteer group, there are very few people who have not experienced job loss very similar to many we see at OJT.  (Bill Johnson Testimony Video)

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 15 min are all yours. We only ask that you not use it to sell Amway or use false pretenses to promote some product. We recommend that you spend 5 MINUTES filling in the details of who you are and what YOU are FOCUSED ON via TARGET COMPANY LIST and then allow 10 min for feedback……but it’s whatever floats your boat.

Some examples from the past:

  • 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 min….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.

June 2015 Update:   The Lead Facilitators will now give you a signal at 5 MINUTES into your Presentation so the group can move to giving you feedback to help your search.  (i.e. contacts at your target companies, suggestions for target companies, etc.)

Question 6: OK, I’m convinced – 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. All you need to do is send an email to Ed Miller to be put on the schedule. It is first come, first served, and e-mail makes it clear who was first. Second, if you tell us during a meeting, there is a good chance we will forget before we get back to the office and that tends to cause hard feelings.

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