I Graduated… What Now?

Lessons and advice on the job search from one recent graduate to another.

22, Fabulous and Making Moves: Guest Blog From the CEO

By, JoVanna Bianco, CEO ILS, LLC

Although January will be the one year anniversary of my company, it still seems a little UNREAL to me. My goal was always to run my own company, where I make my own hours, and I call the shots, but could I possibly fulfill this BEFORE I even received my college diploma?

When my dad first proposed the idea of starting this company (ILS) it seemed almost too good to be true. The President of my own company?!  Then the reality of it all hit me. Can I do this? Can I go to school, keep my internship, AND run a company?

It was a little overwhelming at first. But if there is one thing I have learned from this experience it has been to not get discouraged.  It hasn’t been easy being twenty-two and getting professionals to take me serious. People have tried to take advantage of the fact that I was just starting out and fairly young. But I was persistent and made sure that I did my research. I wasn’t afraid to let companies know what I expected from them and that they needed to take me serious. When I was first starting my company I was even asked by an accountant “You do know how much time and commitment this is going to take, right?” At first it made me want to cry. But as I thought about it, it pushed me to work even harder.

Days like today when I am sitting at my computer filling out payroll and invoices I think how good it feels that I didn’t give up and made it to where I am today. I can’t say I haven’t made any mistakes along the way, but you learn from them and try not to make them again.

Don’t get me wrong, running a business is no picnic. It’s not a free-pass from keeping up with my homework or my internship. I still attend class and work for Battelle. I work hard to balance my time between all three, while still managing to have a social life.

“Because in this lifetime, the challenges that we face are what keeps life interesting, but it is the overcoming of these challenges that give life meaning.”

Thinking of starting your own company at a young age?

-Do your research (basic steps)

-Consult with experts

-Believe in yourself and demand respect

-Stay organized

Please leave your questions, comments, or suggestions on this post in the comment box below!
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November 20, 2009 Posted by | Advice | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Brand It Right The First Time

Those of us that are unemployed seem to have all the time in the world when it comes to discussing our professional future. However, this is not the case for working professionals. We only have a few moments/chances to “brand” ourselves and we need to make sure it’s MEMORABLE.

Check out this video where Fonzworth Bentley, an average guy, got P.Diddy to not only notice him, but bring him on board.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDefBNfFSxk&feature=youtube_gdata

From this video, I learned that in order to make a successful impression on someone one must:

*Build Rapport

*Be Smart/Knowledgeable

*Act like an expert

*Be Risky

*Brand yourself

*Take your time: Have patience

November 11, 2009 Posted by | Advice | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Try Before You Buy

“The person who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.
The sure-thing boat never gets far from the shore.”
– Dale Carnegie –

http://msn.careerbuilder.com/Article/MSN-2054-Job-Search-Try-Before-You-Buy-How-to-Get-a-Job-That-Doesnt-Exist/?sc_extcmp=JS_2054_advice&SiteId=cbmsn42054

I found this article of particular interest. The idea of “Try Before You Buy” pitching to companies sounds like a unique way to get yourself noticed. But, does it really work? Is a company who is on a hiring freeze, or worse, letting people go, really going to find the finances to  support this temporary offer? Personally, I like the suggestion to skip the cover letter and go for the elevator speech in writing, at least for the industry I’m interested in. I’d love to hear what you, the job seeker and employer think!

October 31, 2009 Posted by | Advice | , , , , | Leave a comment