My name is Jino Ahn and I am looking forward to getting to know you all and trying to help as many of you as I can through this blog. I must confess that I’ve never blogged in my life, so I am a little nervous (actually a lot) about committing myself to writing here regularly. However, I do believe I can help many of you to find jobs and develop your careers using my past experiences and connections at American companies as well as multinational corporations.
To briefly introduce myself, 27 years ago, right after I graduated from college, I founded and ran a company called, Asian Diversity, whose mission is to help and empower Asian students and working professionals. I was motivated to splash into unfamiliar water, largely due to what I personally experienced during my senior year in college. I was clueless as to what I was supposed to be doing in terms of finding the right job. Particularly, I didn’t see how my Asian background played into the process of finding a job and starting my career. I desperately looked for help, but there wasn’t any. Then, it came to me. I thought to myself, “There must be so many others like me, who must go through what I am experiencing right now and there are bound to be more in the future.” So, I thought it would be worthwhile to start a social venture to help.
Throughout my entire career, I have used many different tools to accomplish what I set out to do, including being a headhunter, organizing the Asian Diversity Career Expo (the first of its kind), starting an Asian professional website (AsianLife.com) which included an online magazine and job board, and organizing the Asian MBA Leadership Conference & Career Expo. I also founded and ran the National Association of Asian MBAs for two years. Now, my latest venture is this AsianMBA.org website, which I hope will be the place where Asian job seekers and employers around the world will find and engage with one another and provide the most effective place for everyone to broaden their network online as well as offline.
Over the years, I have built my reputation on being a “doer” rather than a “talker.” I am committed now more than ever to deliver tangible benefits to all community members of this site. In addition to giving career advice and sharing my knowledge with you, I will focus on providing information on JOBS since that is the most missing and valued.
I encourage all of you to become active members of this online community. Invite your friends, ask questions, and make connections with others. I will do my part and speak with as many employers as possible to deliver job openings in the U.S. and Asia, while writing here as often as possible. Now I ask you to do yours and get involved.