My Resume

Since I don´t have my laptop here in Latin America, I´m unable to fully update my resume on my website. Thus, I have pasted both my USA resume and my international resume below.

USA Resume

EDUCATION

Máximo Nivel Executive Language Center. Cusco, Perú. (2009)

  • TEFL/TESOL Certification (150 hours / Internationally Accredited Program / 10 hours of practical teaching)
  • Certification in Teaching International English Exam Preparation
  • Certification in Teaching Business English

University of California, Santa Barbara

  • B.A. in Communication, June 2008
  • Minor in Professional Writing, Business Communication emphasis, June 2008

EXPERIENCE

Account Coordinator, Antenna Group. San Francisco, CA. (2008-2009). Worked at a public relations firm that specializes in cleantech clients.

  • Crafted pitch letters to media to gauge interest with reporters
  • Drafted press releases, competitive analyses, backgrounders and briefing notes for interviews
  • Held team meetings and weekly calls with clients
  • Researched and submitted speaking proposals and award submissions for clients
  • Created media lists, editorial calendars, awards spreadsheets and events calendars using Microsoft Excel and Google Docs
  • Sent weekly status reports to track account activity

Marketing Assistant and Docent, Coal Oil Point Reserve. Goleta, CA. (2008). Began as a docent to protect the Western Snowy Plover, a threatened bird species, and its beach habitat. Promoted to marketing assistant to publicize the volunteer program.

  • Drafted a promotional awareness plan to network with local Trader Joe’s stores
  • Created fundraising letters, assisted with grant writing, and drafted news releases
  • Created the first blogging website for the organization to drive recognition, discussion, and feedback
  • Updated newsletter articles and fliers
  • Networked with campus clubs, community members, local organizations, and the media
  • Provided beach users with accurate information on the natural history and biology of Snowy Plovers

Service Learning Volunteer, Green2Gold. Santa Barbara, CA. (2008). Leader in project management. Worked with a team of six students to produce deliverables for a number of clients.

  • Created media kits, which included news releases, bios, product information, history, and press coverage
  • Wrote status reports for current projects
  • Attended client meetings and conference calls
  • Communicated with team members via email, phone, and weekly meetings

Intern, Congresswoman Lois Capps. Santa Barbara, CA. (2008). Interned for the United States’ representative of California’s 23rd district.

  • Researched constituent inquiries for information concerning federal agencies
  • Assisted staff with case studies
  • Generated letters using Intranet Quorum (IQ)
  • Carried out administrative tasks

Intern, Ruder Finn, Inc. Public Relations firm, Washington, DC. (2007). Interned for one of the world’s largest privately held agencies. 

  • Learned the purpose and practices of public relations
  • Learned the fundamentals of writing and distributing pitch letters, news releases, backgrounders, fact sheets, bios, newsletters and other communications material
  • Learned the essentials of pitching to the media over the phone
  • Assisted in creating and maintaining media lists and in media outreach for the client
  • Monitored media to assist in reporting coverage that affects the client’s business
  • Handled basic research of client’s business and industry to maintain a current knowledge base

Writing Intern, David Baum Communications. Santa Barbara, CA. (2007). Interned for David Baum, a freelance technical writer and marketing consultant.

  • Transcribed interviews and recorded key points
  • Wrote drafts of success stories and proofread edited drafts for clients
  • Researched information about clients

Public Relations Intern, TESS Skincare, Inc. Santa Barbara, CA. (2006-2007). Served as the first intern for the start-up teen skincare company TESS (Teen Everyday Skincare System).

  • Kept track of all press coverage
  • Maintained supply of all press materials
  • Led and coordinated all deliverables and planning for the CEW (Cosmetic Executive Women) Awards product demonstration event in New York City for over 4,000 people
  • Prepared a PowerPoint investor report
  • Conducted market research to enhance productivity and improve business development

Fundraiser, UCSB Annual Fund. Goleta, CA. (2005-2006). Worked as telefunder for UCSB.

  • Independently raised over $85,000 for the university
  • Developed new scripts for use by all telefunder employees
  • Collaborated with fellow employees to improve telecommunication tactics
  • Caller of the month for September 2005
  • Clerical caller of winter quarter 2006 (made fewest clerical mistakes)

SKILLS

  • Technological proficiency in Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and Internet research
  • Ability to problem-solve independently while exercising good judgment and discretion
  • Possess strong commitment to team environment dynamics with the ability to contribute expertise and follow leadership directives at appropriate times
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, prioritize and work under pressure
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, both oral and written

AWARDS, ACTIVITIES, AND ACCOMPLISHEMENTS

  • Awarded Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for outstanding and invaluable service to the community
  • Selected by a UCSB writing professor to present an NGO grant proposal, written by myself and four other student group members at the Southern California Conference of Undergraduate Research (SCCUR)
  • Volunteered as Precinct Captain in a Santa Barbara County election that successfully led to a run-off election for fall 2008. This involved organizing volunteers to go door-to-door and educating the community about the candidate.
  • Selected by co-director of the UCSB professional writing minor to co-author a Service Learning brochure for Santa Barbara individuals and organizations
  • Selected by co-director of the UCSB professional writing minor to design and write the copy of a brochure promoting UCSB’s Professional Writing internship program

INTERESTS

  • Playing racquetball and participating in outdoor recreation
  • Reading about entrepreneurship, business and design
  • Traveling to learn about different cultures and areas of the world

 

International Resume

PERSONAL

Civil Status:                  Single

Date of Birth:               29 April, 1986

Nationality:                  U.S. Citizen

Passport:                         U.S. Expires 06 August 2016

Languages:                   English (Mother tongue), Spanish (Intermediate)

EDUCATION

Máximo Nivel S.A., Cusco, Perú (August 2009 – September 2009)

TEFL/TESOL Certification

  • 150 hours / Internationally Accredited Program / 10 hours of practical teaching

Certification in Teaching International English Exam Preparation

Certification in Teaching Business English

University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, USA  (June 2008)

Bachelors Degree in Arts: Communication

Minor: Professional Writing, Business Communication emphasis

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Antenna Group, San Francisco, California, USA (October 2008 – March 2009)

Account Coordinator

  • Communicated with clients on a daily basis
  • Drafted public relations deliverables for clients

Coal Oil Point Reserve, Goleta, California, USA (January 2008 – July 2008)

Marketing Assistant

  • Assisted in writing and creating marketing material
  • Networked with community members and the media via face-to-face meetings, phone and email

Congresswoman Lois Capps, Santa Barbara, California, USA (January 2008 – June 2008)

Intern

  • Researched constituent inquiries
  • Carried out administrative tasks

Ruder Finn, Inc., Washington, D.C., USA (August 2007 – December 2007)

Public Relations Intern

  • Learned the essentials of public relations
  • Drafted communications material

TESS Skincare Inc., Santa Barbara, California, USA (September 2006 – May 2007)

Public Relations Intern

  • Kept track of all press coverage
  • Conducted market research
  • Planned for and coordinated event in New York City

UCSB Annual Fund, Goleta, California, USA (March 2005 – March 2006)

Fundraiser

  • Independently raised funds for the university

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

I have studied and worked as a volunteer in childcare and construction in Cusco, Peru. I have also traveled to the Middle East, Europe, Africa and other areas in South America.

COMPUTER SKILLS

I am proficient in Macintosh, Windows and Microsoft Office.

REFERENCES

If you would like to contact my references, please let me know. I would be happy to send you their information.

One response

18 12 2009
John Medina

Hi Alexa,

I am resident at Malibou Lake on South Lakeshore. I enjoyed reading your blog in general but specifically regarding your trip to South America (Peru), your spanish language skills, and your afinity for racquetball. I’ve bee a homeowner here at the lake for almost 25 years, and having been born in Colombia I can relate to your experiences in South America.

Anyway, although I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting you personally, I am impressed by al your travels and experiences and wish you continued success in all your future travels and plans.

Buena Suerte y que te vaya bien!
John medina
cuzza@charter.net

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