What's not gonna happen...when you first graduate by Kia Jarmon

So every month we receive something like three to five – doubled when close to graduation - resumes and cover letters from young, green, naïvely prepared graduates. Honestly, when those emails come in I have a bit of nostalgia as I reflect back on being that age; the world was my oyster and I was excited to take over my part of it. But that bright, shiny feeling wore off within a couple of weeks, which is about how long it took for me to shake off the wanderlust and started my own PR agency.

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No days off! Snow Days Are for Kids. by Kia Jarmon

So my Monday went like this. Daycare is closed. Streets are pure slush. Car doors are frozen shut. Snow covers at least a ½ inch of ice. Gush of wind blows me back inside the house. But this means nothing more than my foot rocking the swing chair, my iPad is propped up on the dinner tray, and a blanket to stay warm. I’m not going outside but I must go on with my day.  

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Hey 20 year old, this is for you (and everyone else, too) by Kia Jarmon

No matter how much work I have or how impossible it seems to squeak out any more time, I have one chief personal and professional commitment, to give back. Each semester I head to the area colleges and universities, upon request, and share some heartfelt tidbits about how to strengthen your brand with the result of success in the future. But this past week I headed to the Art Institute’s Marketing class and I absolutely lost it—I went off.

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