We had the good fortune of connecting with Alyssia Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alyssia, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Before starting my own business, I was already working with close friends and family members on writing their resumes. I was already going back and forth about turning it into a business. Especially, after having my daughter and starting my career full-time in higher education I was really reluctant to even be an entrepreneur in the first place.
It wasn’t until the global pandemic that I decided to move forward in turning into a business. The year 2020 was such a major transition for everyone, and so many people that we knew were here today and gone tomorrow. Therefore, my thought process was in a space where ‘if I’m blessed to still be on this earth, I might as well do what I am called to do rather than regret not trying’.
As of now, my business has grown from editing resumes to building portfolios, offering coaching services, and even helping high school students navigate their path to their own careers. It is a blessing to have God use my business as a blessing for over 100 candidates!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
One thing that I am most proud of, as I reflect, is my ability to manage my time, prioritize, and persevere.
Working as a full-time professional at a large university while being a full-time mother and wife and an entrepreneur has brought a whole new light to the word ‘Challenge.’ Despite all of the challenges I’ve faced while growing my business, I was still able to uplift myself, and others that have were involved in the growth of my business; which sets my services apart from other resume writers and career development programs.
Not only do I set goals for myself, but I also set goals for my clients and candidates. I root for those who subscribe to my services and ensure they will always receive high-quality customer service. Last year alone, I retained 35% of my customers by practicing customer service and setting realistic expectations for myself and my clients.
I’ve also learned that setting boundaries to balance the business, a full-time job, and family is necessary. This is typically hard for many people as your whole career is based on serving others. However, maintaining that balance has helped me accomplish so much within a year of my business being official.
It is essential to stay consistent, stay prayed up, and endure all the challenges that come before you; not all challenges are dire, but they all come with valuable lessons for growth.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Houston is such a fun place to visit and to work as an entrepreneur! My favorite spot would have to be the Houston Galleria for shopping! My best friend would definitely need to get their walking shoes for our time at the Mall.
We would even take a trip to Alter Ego Hair Salon and Wig bar to check out their wig selection as I am also a huge fan of good quality wigs. Following this would have to be a trip to the nail salon.
Just for the adventure, we would definitely go to the Woodlands indoor skydiving and even explore the Space Center Museum and The Houston Museum of Natural Sciences.
For food and drinks, I would want us to go to places like Bar Louie, BJ’s Brewhouse, and of course local food trucks in the area.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Throughout the entire process of building the foundations of my business, it wouldn’t be right to not mention the following individuals and organizations:
Rikia and Chariell Anchar- They were my very first Candidates
Penske Truck Leasing- The very first organization that supported my business as a whole.
Human Care Products owner Septembria Martin- My first branding/business client
Breonda G. Simmons- My first Author I’ve ever launched a brand for their first published book.
Alter Ego Hair Salon & Wig Bar owner Dominique Harris- Giving me a Chance at Social Media Marketing.
And of course, I would have to shout out my vendors and partners that helped grow my business.
House of OGD owner Dominique (Dizzy) Mclemore for graphic designing
Charity Washington and Essie Timmon for Interview Coaching
Cedrick Fisher for web-design
Torretto Boys LLC owner Joshua Jones for all music and overall help with creativity
Photo image by Tray Cooper