Elite Careers: Isabella's Cookie Company
Since its founding in 2001, Isabella's Cookie Company has been creating mouth-watering cookies that literally taste fresh out of the oven each time. Baked with real butter, sweet vanilla and wholesome chocolate and peanut butter in every batch, the treats do not contain any artificial ingredients or preservatives.
The confections are available to order online, on the phone, or in retail outlets such as Whole Foods and Gelson's Market. For more information on Isabella's Cookie Company, please visit isabellascookies.com.
Name: Jennifer Palmer
Company: Isabella's Cookie Company
Position: Founder and Owner of Isabella's Cookie Company
Number of years with company: Jennifer launched the company in 2001 so it has been around for 11 years.
College, Graduate school (if applicable): Arizona State University
What does your day/week/month usually consist of? Give us the run through of a typical day (if there is one).
I spend most of my days at the bakery overseeing the daily operations of the company. I also spend a lot of time brainstorming, researching and developing new recipes.
How did you become interested in this industry?
At a very young age, I developed my passion for baking cookies. While attending college, I spent all my free time in the kitchen and thrived on the happiness brought to others by my baking. After receiving such an overwhelmingly positive response, I decided to make baking cookies my full time career.
What was your first job in the field? How did you get it/what was the application process like?
Creating and founding my own bakery was my first job in this field.
What is the best business/career advice you've ever received?
A friend of mine told me to perfect and concentrate on one line of products rather than offering multiple baked goods. I chose cookies and it worked!
What do you suggest to young adults aspiring to get involved in your field?
Take the risk, and go for it! The worst thing that could happen is that you don't like it and you have to go get a new job.
What is the most important thing to know about your job?
The hours are long, but totally worth it. In the end, I love the feeling of spreading happiness through cookies!
What is the biggest misconception about your work?
One large misconception about my job is that I spend the whole day baking. Although I do spend a lot of time baking, there is also a great deal of work that goes into owning your own business such as managing employees and operations.
Are there perks to your position/job? Any downfalls? Tell us about it!
My favorite part of my job is seeing the genuine reaction from people who consume my cookies.
Are there internships/entry level job openings currently available? Where can readers find more information?
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Hilary Sheinbaum | Elite.