Winner of the 2022 Elite Résumé Circle Award-New Graduate Résumé
Inspire Careers Student Professional Launch Program™
Graduation is only the launchpad for a lifetime of career success and today's graduates need to be equipped to soar!
Are you a college senior or new graduate that does not have a job offer or has submitted dozens (or hundreds) of applications with no results? Finding the job that you’ve dreamed of can be very difficult, and with limited experience and lack of expert guidance on the topic, it becomes frustrating and demoralizing very quickly. Set yourself up for success, reduce your stress, fear, and anxiety, and begin your professional career journey here!
Are you a parent of a college senior or new grad concerned for your child’s success in landing a real job with real potential that allow them pay their bills?
This program is designed to bridge the gap between being a college student and becoming a rising professional by teaching the skills necessary for job search success, long-term career satisfaction, and increased earning potential. This program is a 8 to 12-week journey of intense reflection, coaching, instruction, and execution customized to support your goals and help you achieve greater success than going it alone. Let’s get started!
See below and read what success can look like for you.
Mary's Success Story
Haley's Success Story
Praise for Inspire Careers from Haley's Father!
Adam's Success Story
Adam Duke is a digital producer at News 4 and a Cheektowaga native.
Before joining the News 4 team in 2021, Adam worked in the sports department at the Buffalo News for two years. Prior to that, he interned at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where he primarily covered arts and entertainment as part of the features staff.
Adam is a 2019 Canisius College graduate with degrees in journalism and communication studies. At Canisius, Adam was editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, The Griffin.
He is passionate about television, film and music, three of his favorite things to write about. He is also an avid concert-goer and enjoys watching the Buffalo Bills.
You can send any story ideas for Adam to firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica's Success Story
Praise for Inspire Careers from Jessica's Mom!
CJ's Success Story
Chris' Success Story
I think my favorite trait about Cathy is that she took a very empathetic approach when we did our work together. I had many moments of frustration and instead of getting down on me or fueling that fire, she was able to reframe my situation for me and reset my mindset.
She clearly cares about her clients because she even took several phone calls with me after our work was officially done to guide me through specific job applications and discuss what my prospects were like after did our work. Cathy is the type of person I know will forever be in my network (and I will always be in hers!) and I am extremely grateful for her guidance!
I chose to work with Cathy based on several positive recommendations from family friends and my dad. Out of all of the “personal branding experts” that approach me on a regular basis, Cathy clearly had the best track record and I never once had to question what she would do for me or how legitimate it was.
What was most helpful for me was that she was not afraid to be politely brutally honest with me. She told me what my strengths were and she told me exactly what needed to be revamped in order to stay competitive on the job market. I feel many people aren’t totally honest with their clients in general to spare their feelings, but Cathy always created a safe, comfortable, work environment, and it was extremely easy to stay open and honest with each other.
I think her services are spot on. I hired her to specifically develop and coach me through the job search process and create a fresh resume from scratch. She did a very thorough job getting to know me through the DISC assessment and applied all of that info to my Cover Letter and Resume. It worked well as I have been interviewing at some of the top firms in entertainment since we completed our work together!
New Graduate and College Student Résumé Samples
Our resumes help our rising professionals land jobs and internships at some of the leading companies in the country, including: NASA, Raytheon Intelligence & Space, Lockheed Martin, The Disney Company, Leidos, and many others.
New College Graduate*
*Published in Emerald Career Publishing’s Modernize your Résumé: Get Noticed…Get Hired, 2nd Edition (2019)
College Junior, Systems Engineering Major
New College Graduate
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With Cathy’s help I was able to land a job with a growing and innovative medical sales company. She helped me curate a fabulous cover letter, resume and more. She coached me through the job search, application, and interview process and also educated me on how to professionally and most effectively use LinkedIn. I would recommend Cathy to anybody!
I had such a great time working with you! You were beyond helpful in getting me on the right track with my resume.
I will definitely reach out when I need your help in the future!
I highly recommend Cathy Lanzalaco. She provided in-depth and detailed insight on building a cover letter, resume, and my LinkedIn profile. She also educated me through the job search and interview process. I was able to land an internship with Lockheed Martin as an Items Analyst for Summer 2021. Without a doubt, I would recommend Cathy to anyone looking to make their resume and profile stand out!
If anyone is looking for a new career or to see if there is something more out there for them, I HIGHLY recommend Cathy Lanzalaco at Inspire Careers. She is so supportive during the entire process and is so responsive to any needs or questions. It was with her help that I was able to shift professionally from over a decade of customer service jobs into nursing. Even if you are in a career you love, but want to achieve more, she is your woman! I had no idea how I was going to sell myself as a graduate nurse after changing to a new career, especially since I have over 15 years of customer service. Cathy made the entire process incredibly easy and stress free for me (especially important since I was studying for my boards at the time!). She has a true gift when it comes to this, and it shows in all of her work. She created the most beautiful, concise and eye-catching resume I have ever seen. Cathy is an absolute pleasure to work with, and her dedication and passion to helping others achieve happiness in their careers is abundantly clear when working with her.
Inspire Careers provides a multimedia approach to connect our new grads to potential job leads.
Inspiring New Grad Networking Success
Big thanks to Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Famer, Don Tomasulo and the good folks at Entercom Communications for hosting our new grads, giving them a tour of the station, and providing a valuable opportunity to hone their networking skills.
THE INSPIRE! SOLUTION $2999
Inspire new hope and confidence in your unique abilities!
Professional Launch Program Welcome Kit – Inspire Careers welcomes you to its Student Professional Launch Program™ with practical tools and information to set you up for success.
Invitation To Join the Inspire Careers Rising Professionals LinkedIn Group – Receive an invitation to join this exclusive LinkedIn networking group designed to share information, resources, and support that matters specifically to you at this stage of your career. Other members of the group will include other rising professionals, relevant industry leaders, and executive recruiters.
Professional Résumé Writing – Individual résumé consultation includes definition of job search targets and value proposition, branded summary heading, keyword optimization, and conversion to .pdf format.
Cover Letter / E-Note Development – Development of a master cover letter, editable for use for numerous job posting responses. Cover letter will be similarly branded to match your new professional résumé and provide a compelling introduction to your brand. An E-Note is a more succinct and direct approach to a cover letter and suitable for electronic communications. Ask me if it is the right option for your needs.
Letterhead Stationery – Stationary branded to match your new professional résumé for use with cover letters, thank you notes, and letters of inquiry.
Professional Reference List Template – Template includes all necessary elements that employers will need to contact your professional references. Branded to accompany résumé and cover letter, it is ready for you to fill in the information once you have identified and confirmed your references. Includes tip sheet to help guide you in the selection of impactful references to support your record of achievements and unique value offering.
Post-Interview Thank You Note Template – An effective thank you note following any and all interviews should be part of the comprehensive career campaign. You will receive a template to guide you in the creation of a powerful thank you note that will set you above the crowd and leave a positive impression on the interviewer.
Weekly Monday Motivation Email – Monday morning email contact and motivational quote to provide inspiration to kick off the week strong.
LinkedIn Profile Makeover/Keyword Optimization – Update your profile to complement your new professional résumé and include career-specific keyword optimization. Includes best practices regarding customizing your Headline and About sections to better communicate your brand and attract recruiter and hiring manager attention.
THE ILLUMINATE! SOLUTION $3999
Illuminate the path toward fulfillment of your goals!
All of the above, plus:
LinkedIn Tutorial – Step up the effectiveness of your new professional brand and LinkedIn profile with scheduling a LinkedIn tutorial. Following optimization of your LinkedIn profile, learn how to effectively leverage LinkedIn to maximize your professional visibility and networking capability. Review LinkedIn’s job search functionality, strategic connection identification, and creation of search alerts for jobs within your targeted industry or targeted companies. Includes discussion of whether or not posting your résumé and on LinkedIn should be part of your overall job search strategy. A critical element of this session is learning how to create an effective online presence to showcase your brand, demonstrate your value, and attract more meaningful attention with your job search efforts.
Video Interview Coaching Session – One-on-one, 1.0-hour Zoom interview coaching session reviewing the basics of a professional interview including best practice protocol and professional courtesy, dress for success recommendations, document preparation and the all-important “Elevator Pitch.” The most common interview questions will be reviewed and strategies provided to promote a successful interview and effective follow-up. Discussion of how to handle “the salary” question and how to create a “leave behind packet” will be included.
Multiple Original and Curated Job Search-Related Resources – Receive multiple resources to augment the material covered in our coaching sessions. i.e. auditing your digital footprint , conducting informational interviews, getting the most out of salary negotiations, job search affirmations, and more.
THE IGNITE! PROGRAM $4999 -The Most Popular Program Choice!
Ignite personal commitment, determination, and persistence in all that you do!
A high-touch, comprehensive program and best investment value to help college seniors and new grads launch into their career.
All of the above, plus:
Bi-Weekly Virtual Coaching Sessions – Meet with your coach bi-weekly via Zoom to receive guidance and feedback on your activities. Discuss strategy and obtain ongoing support to optimize confidence and success with each step of the program. These sessions focus heavily on building effective time management skills and personal accountability.
Participate in a Networking Event – Join your coach for personal and/or group networking at an in-person or virtual event. Connecting with recruiters, learning how to interact with recruiters, and developing a relationship with recruiters is key to uncovering opportunities in the hidden job market. I will provide linkage to targeted recruiters to help develop your skills and effectiveness in this area.
Create a 30-60-90-Day New Job Success Plan – A 30-60-90-day new job success plan is a blueprint of the goals and milestones you wish to achieve for each 30 days during this critical onboarding and acclimation period. Developing this written strategy as part of your interview preparation is a great way to stand out during an interview and give you a competitive advantage over other candidates that are either “winging it” or have not thought past the job offer to prepare to be successful in their new role.
Job Search Strategy Coaching Session – Develop a comprehensive job search plan, including a customized approach to jumpstart and manage a successful job search campaign utilizing the tools outlined above. Includes the Inspire Careers Networking Tracker and Contact Prioritization System to help manage your networking and follow-up during your search.
Interview for Job Seeker Spotlight Video Podcast – Participate in a 6-8-minute video interview as part of the Inspire Careers Job Seeker Spotlight Series. This interview will provide recruiters and hiring managers insight into your skills, qualifications, and career goals and begin to generate interest in your candidacy. Video will be shared on LinkedIn and the Inspire Careers Business Facebook page and you may share at your discretion as part of your overall career campaign strategy.
Develop a Post-Interview Packet (aka) Leave Behind Packet – Understand how a Post Interview Packet (leave behind materials) will differentiate you from your competition and help seal the deal on your candidacy. Interviewing virtually? No problem. I will teach you how to get your packet to the key decision makers as part of your overall interview strategy before final hiring decisions are made.
Activation of the Inspire Careers Professional Network – Networking is the #1 way to open doors and land a job, and having a warm introduction helps boost networking success. Linkage to contacts within the Inspire Careers professional network aligned with your goals will be shared with you for networking, informational interviews, and relationship development. The proper protocols to optimize those contacts will be reviewed.
Ongoing Email Support Throughout Job Search – Continue communicating with your coach via email to receive guidance and support as needed for an extra boost of confidence or encouragement until you land the big job.
|CHOOSE THE LEVEL OF SUPPORT TO MEET YOUR NEEDS*||INSPIRE!||ILLUMINATE!||IGNITE!|
|Match the New Grad/ College Student with the Right Solution:||Needs|
the RIGHT job!
|Professional Launch Program Welcome Kit|
|DISCstyles™ Communication and Behavioral Strengths Assessment|
|Invitation To Join The Inspire Careers Rising Professionals LinkedIn Group|
|Professional Resume Writing|
|Cover Letter / E-Note Development|
|Matching Letterhead Stationery|
|Professional Reference List Template|
|Post-Interview Thank You Note Template|
|Weekly Monday Motivation Email|
|LinkedIn Makeover & Keyword Optimization|
|LinkedIn Tutorial Session|
|Video Interview Coaching Session|
|Multiple Original and Curated Job Search Resources|
|Bi-Weekly Virtual Coaching Sessions|
|Participate in a Networking Event|
|Create a 30-60-90 Day New Job Success Plan|
|Job Search Strategy Creation and Coaching Session|
|Interview for Job Seeker Spotlight Video Podcast|
|Develop a Post-Interview (Leave Behind) Packet|
|Activation of the Inspire Careers Professional Network|
|Ongoing Email Support Throughout Job Search|
A member of NACE, The National Association of Colleges and Employers, I am deeply integrated into this collaborative space with thought leaders, researchers, and educators designed exclusively to promote college student and new graduate success. I leverage this knowledge to bring today’s best practices and tomorrow’s innovations to the college students and new graduates in this program.
*Inspire Careers LLC reserves the right to modify the specific elements of the program to meet the individual needs of each client.