Jack & Thomas Giunta, Co-Founders of LaborLad
Like many incoming college freshmen, I was not prepared at all for the pursuit of a professional career. I was under the assumption that after graduating, the job offers would magically appear but I soon realized this was not the case. I wouldn’t have been prepared for this reality if it weren’t for SHPE.
One of the Binghamton SHPE members gave a short announcement at the end of our engineering lecture that there would be a “Free Food and Resume Workshop,” or more importantly to me, “Free Food.” While eating and watching Joseph, the Chapter President, talk about the importance of a resume and the upcoming conference, I started to realize the job search was complex and I was going to need all the help I could get. I joined SHPE that day and attended as many meetings as I could after that.
For the next four years, resume workshops, industry meet and greets, e-board experience, and yearly conferences gave me opportunities that would have been out of reach. My first conference in Baltimore 2015 landed me my internship with Northrop Grumman. The second conference I attended in Seattle 2016 led me to my first job as an SDE at Amazon. The companies I was able to interview with at the conferences such as Google, Twitter, Facebook, and Amazon never come to my school’s career fairs, so this was the only chance I had to speak with them.
Beyond the career opportunities, SHPE has grown my appreciation for the Hispanic community, especially the English second language community. When recruiters discard resumes for even the slightest grammatical error, it’s a huge disadvantage to have to write and interview in a foreign language. I developed an appreciation for this struggle at an early age, as before college, I spent 4 years working landscaping with native Spanish-speaking coworkers. I witnessed how the disadvantage of not being able to communicate clearly with customers led to loss of revenue.
SHPE and my experience landscaping inspired my latest venture, LaborLad.com, an online ordering platform for landscaping services. With LaborLad, native Spanish-speaking business owners can communicate with their customers in Spanish. To the customer, it appears as if the business owner is a native English speaker. Our hope for this coming year is that we can help more small business owners increase their profits and decrease miscommunication.
Shout out to Joseph Cardozo, the man who introduced me to SHPE, and all the other Familia I’ve met throughout the years, love you all.
Know someone who’d like to grow revenue in their landscaping business? Send a message to me on LinkedIn : https://lnkd.in/defKWkTF
by Jack Giunta
New York Professional Chapter