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Meet Adriana Almanza of Female Capital

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adriana Almanza.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Adriana. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
The idea for Female Capital is a manifestation from all my life’s experiences.

I grew up as a first-generation college student, and I was the oldest in my family, therefore, I had no guidance over how to get to college or career development, and I always wished I had a mentor during that time. Once I got to college, I realized that those who came from privileged backgrounds already knew the career they wanted and the academic routes they needed to take in order to get into their professions.

For example, people who had parents who were doctors were trying to get into med school, and people with parents were who lawyers were trying to get to law school. I also realized that the majority of people who were still trying to figure it out were those who came from lower socioeconomic communities where they didn’t have professional role models to look up to. I was one of those people. We were all smart, came from schools where we were at the top in our class, but we didn’t have tangible career aspirations and paths. It really took a toll on my self-confidence.

The community and mentorship aspect of Female Capital comes from this struggle I’ve had in life. Female Capital is a digital platform that shares stories from women of all different backgrounds and the struggles they’ve faced in their careers because of their race, gender or ethnicity. It strives to provide conversation and guidance. I also provide tips that I’ve developed over time for career development, and I also provide services for an interview, resume and cover letter consulting. I don’t want anyone to feel like they don’t have someone they can reach out to for help.

Getting women employed in their dream jobs is the first step for economic empowerment. My goal is to create forums on the website for women to ask questions regarding their careers, and for other women to provide their advice. The other aspect of Female Capital comes from my passion for empowering women. I have been so blessed to have had a strong, hard working mother who was the only female on her team to build engines that would take a man into space. Her work ethic has always been an inspiration for me.

I was also a dancer for 15 years and played many sports in high school so you can imagine how many girls I’ve developed friendships and connections with. Because of these experiences, I had always seen myself and women as dynamic, well-rounded individuals with great leadership capabilities. As I grew older, went to college and joined the workforce, I became more aware of the gender gap and inequalities we have in American society.

For example, women are 50% of the population, hold 70% of all consumer buying power yet less than 5% of CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and less than 30% are represented in our government.I f we look at the clothing we wear or the items we buy, it is highly likely a man is benefiting from our money, yet women are more likely to be in poverty and get paid less. This needs to change, and I want to do my part.

My goal is to grow Female Capital by providing information over careers that pay more, investment advice and highlight women in careers that hold leadership positions. I want to do this through building out my YouTube channel.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Female Capital is currently in its’ beginning stages. With a full-time job, it is difficult to put all my time and energy. Right now I work on it in my spare time after work and on the weekends. I hope to build this platform so that one day I can dedicate myself full time. This is something I’m truly passionate about and truly believe in.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Female Capital – what should we know?
Female Capital (www.wearefemalecapital.com) provides career development services such as interview, resume and cover letter consulting.

If you have an interview coming up, we have you email the job description and company website to us; then we come up with a mock interview. We will interview you on the phone and then provide you with feedback over your responses. We also provide advice on what you should wear and what to bring to the interview. The idea is that by doing a mock interview and preparing a day or two before, you will have a lot more confidence and get the job! We also provide a resume and cover letter advice and editing for an additional fee.

I think what sets us apart is that are our business name reaches out to women and provides a safe space for women of all backgrounds to reach out for advice. I used to be a recruiter in the tech world, and I used to provide interview prep for my candidates, and it really helped them. I also connect customers with people in our network who have similar jobs so that they can get advice specific to their industry or role. When I get that “Thank you” email telling us that the interview prep helped them land the job, I am most proud and happy.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Being sincere and having a passion to help people is absolutely necessary. People can tell right away if you are trying to make a quick dollar off of them and they will most likely not recommend you to others. If you are sincere and love to help people, success is inevitable!

I think being adaptable is also a key to success. If you can be fluid and adapt to people’s different needs, you will provide more customization and a more personal experience for them. That goes a long way.

Pricing:

  • 45-minute interview preparation is $25
  • Additional cover letter and resume editing is $10

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