Highly-motivated university graduate with customer service, sales, journalism and campaign internship experience eager to contribute to the operations of a dynamic organization
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Bachelor of Arts: History/Political Science, JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY, Harrisonburg, VA , July 2010
Journalism Course, BROWN UNIVERSITY, Providence, RI, 2004
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Independent Beauty Consultant, MARY KAY, Harrisonburg, VA / Yorktown, VA, 2008 Present
Drive sales while hosting cosmetic parties through effective product demonstrations, selection of appropriate product for clientele and add-on sales
Effectively monitored and ordered inventory to maintain optimal stock levels
Intern, MCCAIN / PALIN PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, Harrisonburg, VA, 2008
Received a letter of commendation from Virginia State Senator Mark D. Obenshain for outstanding performance as an intern
Assisted with promoting candidates by conducting polls, responding to telephone / in-person inquiries and campaigning door-to-door to discuss the candidates and political issues with the general public
Encouraged student voting at James Madison University by planning and creating a booth that provided information about voting, campaign issues and candidates
Intern, DELEGATE MELANIE L. RAPP, Yorktown, VA, 2007
Provided exceptional customer service while responding to telephone, in-person and email inquiries
Supported Legislative Assistant Debra Belcher, including accompanying her on a visit to the General Assembly Building in Richmond, VA
Teen Room Supervisor, YMCA, Yorktown, VA, 2007
Successfully promoted harmony while chaperoning and entertaining older children and adolescents
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Reporter / Photographer, JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY NEWSPAPER/THE BREEZE, 2007 2010
Researched and wrote attention-grabbing articles on a variety of topics, including voting /campaign issues, the local homeless shelter and SPCA; published photographs to compliment articles
Interviewed Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and wrote a front-page story during Fall 2009 campaign
Volunteer, CAT S CRADLE, Harrisonburg, VA
Prevented overpopulation and rescued wild cats from being euthanized by promoting TNVR strategy (Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, Return)
Volunteer, STUDENTS ON ICE, South America and Antarctica, 2004
Studied the effects of global warming on wild life
Volunteer, PEOPLE TO PEOPLE, Ireland, England and Wales, 2003
Volunteer, SPCA, Harrisonburg, VA
Member, THE EXPLORERS CLUB, New York, NY
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I am currently seeking a challenging career opportunity in a (INSERT ACTUAL TITLE OF TARGET POSITION) capacity and am submitting my resume for your review. In advance, thank you for your time and consideration.
As demonstrated in the accompanying resume, I graduated from James Madison University in July 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science. During my academic career I developed exceptional research and writing skills which were further honed while writing for my college newspaper. I have written many front-page stories about diverse topics, including the SPCA, a homeless shelter, political elections, voting issues and college relationships. Recently, I interviewed the Governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell, during his fall campaign for a front-page story. I gained additional journalism skills by completing an intensive journalism summer program at Brown University which was taught by Tracy Breton, a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist who works for The Providence Journal.
One of my greatest strengths lies in my ability to develop and maintain rapport with diverse groups of people and high-level contacts. I excel at researching and disseminating information so that it is understandable to the target audience. In addition, I have photography experience and have published photos in my college newspaper. Finally, while working as a political intern, I gained experience working in fast-paced, multi-task environments where I was required to plan and coordinate my workflow while managing my time to maximize productivity and efficiency.
As an employee, you will find me to be a driven team player committed to supporting you in achieving your objectives through superior performance. I am confident that I could be a valuable asset to your firm, and look forward to interviewing with you in the near future.
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