May, 2018

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Interview with Jarrett Smith

Interview with Councilman Jarrett Smith. He answered these questions: Why you dedicate your life to service, what is your highest core value, what are you doing to help immigrants find funding to establish their business, get affordable house, and government jobs, are their initiatives to empower the economic Potential of immigrants, are there some efforts to create coordination between stakeholders, and more.

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Press Release: Grad CareerFestival designed to help unemployed Grads land jobs quickly

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                       Press Release

Assegid Habtewold is a Featured Presenter in the Grad CareerFestival Designed to Help Unemployed Grads Land Jobs Quicker!

Free Grad Career/Festival scheduled for June 26th-29th from 11 am – 7 pm daily (EST) seeks to help college grads land a job 2.4 months quicker! 36 hours of career advice!


Silver Spring, MD, May 14, 2018 (Success Pathways Press) With nearly two million students graduating from college this summer, it’s not surprising that it will take the average graduate 7.4 months to find employment.   While some of that time is a result of the economy not being able to absorb so many graduates at one time, much of it is a result of the fact that college grads simply do not know how to look for a job!

The Grad CareerFestival is designed to give graduates the fundamental skills they will need in their first professional job search. The massive four-day event will introduce graduates to 36 of the nation’s top career authors and a dozen career coaches, hiring managers, and career experts who will offer strategies on how to launch and lead successful careers. The event has been organized into four tracks:

  • Career Management
  • Job Search
  • Soft Skills
  • Post-Graduation

According to Assegid Habtewold, author of Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success, and a featured presenter in the Grad CareerFestival:

“Research by the National Association of Colleges and Employers has shown nearly 61 percent of graduating seniors either NEVER go to the career center or will only visit once or twice. It’s no wonder then that the average grad thinks the proper way to look for a job is to load their resume onto 100 websites and wait for someone to contact them!   We know, given the right knowledge and skills we can help grads find jobs quicker!”

Each author is offering three tips based on their niche area of expertise. Graduates will learn relevant, contemporary strategies to create an elevator pitch, build their online brand, use social media to land a job, as well as learn traditional networking, resume, interviewing, and job search techniques. Authors will share the importance of creating a career plan, managing their career, and staying current on job search strategies.   The authors will give a 25-30 minute presentation on their area of expertise and then take 10-15 minutes of questions.

Time has been set aside to introduce graduates to innovative online career tools designed to improve their resumes, as well as their interviewing, networking and job search skills. Students and grads will also hear from experts who will give insights how to refinance student loans, manage their credit score, and their personal finances.

According to Assegid Habtewold,

“I’m concerned that college graduates are not receiving the knowledge and skills they will need for the dozen job searches they are expected to have by the time they turn 38 years old.   We are excited about the possibilities of putting thousands of dollars in the pockets of graduates by giving them simple insights on how they can not only find a job quicker but help them launch and lead successful careers!”

The cost to participate in all 36 hours of live career presentations is $67. However, students and graduates that register using the code – Habtewold – will get free access to the four-day event. It’s Assegid Habtewold’s graduation gift to graduates!

Parents, guardians, friends, or extended families are encouraged to share this opportunity with the graduate(s) they know!

Students and graduates can register at:

Participation is limited.

The Grad CareerFestival is produced by TalentMarks, a nationally recognized firm that provides scalable career and professional development programming to career centers, and alumni associations. Participation is limited!

Author Info:

Assegid Habtewold

Author, Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success



Phone: 703-895-4551





For details and interviews, contact 800-849-1762 x 205

Interview with Gabe Hamda

Interview with Dr. Gabe Hamda, CEO of ICATT Consulting. Talked about his personal and business philosophies, what helped him to succeed as an immigrant student and a business owner, how he views and handles setbacks and more.

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Interview with Reemberto Rodriguez

Interview with Reemberto Rodriguez, the Silver Spring Regional Area Director. We talked about the services available to immigrants in Montgomery County, advisory groups, sister cities: El Salvador, Ethiopia, India, China, and Korea, and more.

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Interview with Celia Rivas

In this interview, Celia Rivas, Coordinator of Immigration Legal Services of Catholic Charities (CC) explains the many ways the organization support the immigrant community. Some of the questions she addressed include but not limited to: How CC inspires hope and build future (its motto), some of the civic and immigration legal services CC provides, about CC’s Know Your Rights workshops, CC’s employment and adult education services, and more.

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Preface (Excerpt)


My obsession with greatness

Since the early nineties, unaware of the very reason why I was obsessed with greatness, my life has been dedicated in studying greatness and the great ones. However, I wasn’t interested just in any kind of greatness. My preoccupation was to understand the type of greatness that is fulfilling- a greatness that sustains and endures.

Let me make a quick confession. Back then, when I began the journey as a student of greatness, it didn’t occur to me that it was my assignment on earth to play my fair share in restoring the greatness of humanity one person at a time. For many years since then, I couldn’t fully explain why I was:

  • Fascinated to understand the greatness potential of humanity.
  • Driven to conduct research, study, and fully comprehend true greatness.
  • Passionate to inspire others to recognize that they are greatness material and meant to manifest greatness in their own unique way.

Restoring the greatness of humanity

Nowadays, however, I have enough clarity. I now know why I was so enthusiastic about true greatness. Today, I can explain why I had this inner drive. Restoring the greatness of humanity is at the center of my lifetime’s purpose.

Back then, since nothing in me and around me looks and sounds like any form of greatness, many were wondering why I was even talking about greatness. As I was left alone to stand up to such skeptics, I couldn’t even convince myself fully. So many times, I doubted whether I was the right person to crusade for humanity’s greatness. However, slowly but surely, after more than two decades, I now fully understand why I was preoccupied to invest my time and energy on this controversial and elusive concept, Greatness.

Follow your curiosity, it could be your purpose

The moral of the above story? When you develop curiosity about something, you should ask yourself a series of serious questions. For instance, ask yourself whether it’s something to do with your reason for existence. When you have a burden for something, even if others don’t care about it, question whether this could be due to the fact that you’re uniquely wired and designed to:

  • Address that issue,
  • Meet that need,
  • Solve that problem, and/or
  • Fill that gap.

Even if the inward witness you’re experiencing at the moment doesn’t make sense to you and others around you, don’t dismiss it quickly as irrelevant. Even though you couldn’t understand why you’re so obsessed with a thing fully, don’t downplay it right away. Follow your intuition. Give it ample time and check it out. Who knows, this thing could be your:

  • Assignment in life.
  • Purpose with which you serve your community, organization, and generation uniquely.
  • Ticket to attain enduring and fulfilling greatness.

Remember, you cannot achieve greatness and attain fulfillment without discovering and pursuing your unique purpose single-mindedly. Your purpose:

  • Is your competitive advantage.
  • Differentiates you from others.
  • Sets you apart.
  • Bestows on you favor.
  • Attracts the resources and connections you need to tap into your unlimited potential so as to unchain your greatness entrapped in you.




The above excerpt is taken from the upcoming book entitled ‘Unchain Your Greatness’ the opening section of the Preface (p. 1 – 2). The book will be available on Amazon next week. Stay tuned!