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Resume

Key Qualifications:

  • Motivated professional with 2 years of international development field experience as a college level English instructor in southwestern China
  • Over 5 years of domestic community service work with refugees and immigrants in the United States
  • Outstanding multitasking and time management skills, proven through 3 years of experience in a corporate office environment
  • Qualification for Non-Competitive Eligibility for federal hire (through June 2013) based on successful Peace Corps Service

Employment:

US Peace Corps–China (Liupanshui, Guizhou)

July, 2010–July, 2012
College Level English Instructor

  • Creatively instructed English Education majors in basic English skills using student-centered teaching methods
  • Developed leadership, organizational and communication skills through creation and execution of many secondary projects centered around English learning, including public speaking and teaching skills clubs, women’s discussion group and drama competition
  • Practiced cross-cultural integration by effectively observing and interpreting the local community
  • Managed layout and design of several Peace Corps China projects, including 50th anniversary marketing collateral, green curriculum booklet and 4 issues of internal newsletter

Encompass Lighting Group (Skokie, IL)

February, 2007–June, 2010
Graphic Designer

  • Carried a variety of graphic design projects and marketing initiatives from conception to completion, including print catalogs, websites, magazine ads, packaging, trade show graphics, instruction manuals and promotional materials
  • Honed professional design and computer skills such as theme conception, multiple page layout, photo manipulation, information design and copy editing
  • Effectively worked with simultaneous projects and overlapping deadlines, requiring efficient time management, skillful communication (both written and verbal) and maintaining calm in a stressful work environment
  • Exercised close attention to detail regarding compliance with company policies and marketing standards
  • Communicated with printers and outside vendors to complete projects in a timely and cost effective manner

Psychobaby  (Chicago, IL)

May, 2006–March, 2007
Graphic Designer, Sales Associate

  • Conceptualized and designed graphics for children’s apparel and organized production and file management of press kits and monthly promotional brochures
  • Provided quality, knowledgeable customer assistance in a fast-paced sales environment

Cherry Street Artisan (Columbia, MO)

August, 2002–October, 2003
Publicity Manager, Barista

  • Created menus, promotional materials, performance posters and weekly event calendars for locally owned cafe/performance venue
  • Established and maintained weekly communication with local newspapers and radio stations regarding upcoming shows and exhibits
  • Multi-tasked and practiced excellent customer service in cafe

Doe River Gorge Ministries (Elizabethton, TN)

June, 2000–August, 2004
Housekeeper, Lifeguard, Kitchen and Office Staff

  • Exercised flexibility and adaptability by filling multiple capacities throughout 5 summers at a Christian adventure camp for youth age 8 to 18
  • Developed strong work ethic, as proven by regularly working long hours and weekends
  • Strengthened interpersonal skills by working fluidly with many different staff members on multiple projects and programs within the camp

Software Competencies:

Education:

The Illinois Institute of Art–Chicago

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications (December, 2006)
  • Graphic design internship at Screen Magazine (July, 2006–September, 2006)

US Peace Corps Pre-Service Training

July–August, 2010

  • Intensive 2-month field-based training, including 115 hours of Chinese language and cross-cultural training and 50 hours of technical training in teaching English as a foreign language
  • Successfully lived and interacted with a Chinese family as part of cross-cultural training

Language:

  • Mandarin Chinese: Conversational oral, basic reading/writing

Leadership and Community Experience:

Open Books (Chicago, IL)

September, 2009–December, 2009
Professional Development Mentor

  • Mentored one student in her junior year of high school regarding homework, college applications, essays, professionalism and effective goal-setting
  • Proofread work and provided feedback and copy edits

Pan-African Association (Chicago, IL)

May, 2009–March, 2010
English Teacher, Tutor

  • Taught English as second language, computer literacy and job readiness classes for adult African refugees
  • Trained participants in skills that are necessary for living in a large American city, i.e. shopping, navigating public transit and applying for jobs
  • Expanded personal knowledge of international issues surrounding refugees and immigration in the United States

World Relief (Chicago, IL)

May, 2008–November, 2009
English Tutor

  • Met weekly to tutor individual refugee women from both Burma and Somali
  • Examined and discussed cultural differences with each woman through weekly meetings