Meet the CEO of Wonsulting, who has helped thousands of jobseekers achieve success

Written by Juhee Bashir

Edited by Lajja Shah

 

 

 

 

Introduction

Jonathan Javier is a first generation Filipino from Orange County, California. He is the CEO and Founder of Wonsulting who aims to “turn underdogs into winners. Jonathan graduated from UC Riverside where he majored in Finance. 

Inspiration to start Wonsulting

During the fourth year of his undergraduate career, Jonathan began applying to many jobs to provide for his family but faced a lot of rejections. He came up with the idea of helping other people who had experienced a similar situation like him. Jonathan began hosting workshops for minority students teaching them how to alter their resumes and tailor their LinkedIn page to make it look friendly and welcoming. Jonathan’s inspiration for Wonsulting came from internalizing his own personal struggles as a student. He was often faced with the question: What could I do to reach out to these people and help them?  He was passionate about helping people from non-traditional backgrounds and first-generation students from non-target schools. 

During his time at Google, he met Jerry Lee (now co-founder of Wonsulting) who was equally passionate about helping others. They came up with the idea of hosting workshops where they can teach students to develop their skills, how to network, use social media platforms to leverage their positions and to build their own brand.

Power of Social Media

Social media has allowed Jonathan and Jerry to assist job applicants from non-traditional backgrounds through one-on-one coaching or online courses. As a student, Jonathan realized the power of social media and how a person can network to obtain a job. As a business owner, he has learned to network and spread information to help others better utilize websites like LinkedIn and Instagram. To be an entrepreneur, taking that first step may seem intimidating but it is essential to make an effort and put yourself out there. Jonathan feels it’s okay to make mistakes and face rejections because one can learn from that rejection and can work on it.

Proud Achievements

  • Being nominated for Forbes 30 under 30: To Jonathan, the idea that his work was impacting so many people was unfathomable. His successes motivated him to pursue this work as he was changing so many people’s lives. 
  • The increase in his social media following from 30,000 followers to 2.3 million people: Javier was soon recognized for his work on countless posts and stories through his verification on Instagram, TikTok and LinkedIn creators.
  • People were passionate about learning what Jonathan had to offer. He is particularly proud of the large attendance rate for his workshops. He also received a nomination for LinkedIn voice and is a part of the LinkedIn’s Creator Accelerator program.

Pushing Boundaries for Growth

In order to grow, Jonathan realized that he needed to push the limits and face the challenge of leaving his comfort zone. As Wonsulting began to grow, new ideas began to formulate and resulted in rapid changes of the work culture. The company wanted to help as many people as possible and has so far worked with more than a thousand clients, assisting them with landing their dream jobs at top companies.

Rejection Leading to Change

As a senior at UC Riverside (a non-target school) Jonathan realized that your first job will not be your last job. Jonathan’s hard work paid off when he was offered Operations positions at large scale corporate companies like Google, Cisco, and Snapchat. He encourages students to network early, meet as many people as possible and build those relationships. It is imperative to use the resources available to you, along with friends, organizations, or counselors who can provide constructive feedback. 


Building Effective Working Teams

At Wonsulting, they believe that age or resume should not be the deciding factor for the job. Talent should not be judged solely on your degree, the school you went to or how much experience you have. Looking for talent is an open-ended process. Your passion for growing as a person and learning the necessary skills should also be taken into consideration. 

Entrepreneurial Advice

  • Take time out for yourself. You should not feel guilty for taking a day off.
  • Take that leap of faith and start somewhere. You may end up with regrets or a missed opportunity, but you could also end up with a beneficial redirection.
  • Make sure to have a strong support system with people who offer constructive feedback.

“Rejection is just redirection. Your time is coming. Keep pushing.”