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Prepared state and federal tax returns for individuals with incomes under $25,000. Conducted interviews with over 50 individuals to elicit data regarding taxes. Determined legitimate tax deductions and recorded them accurately.
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Poor Résumé RÉSUMÉ OF JENNIE JENKINS 3320 Lafayette Street, #12 San Leandro, CA 94561 (415) 781-5592 OBJECTIVE: An entry-level position where my proven communication, accounting, and administrative skills could be utilized in a path leading to advancement into management eventually. DEGREE from San Francisco State University. Broadcast Communication Arts. Bachelor of arts. 3.2 in major.
Poor Résumé EXPERIENCE Apprentice KPFA - 94.1 in Berkeley, CA. Duties included scheduling studios. Also recruited staff. Some paperwork. Often given responsibility to act as production manager. 10/03 to present. Pacifica House Position for financial manager. Duties included payroll and benefits for employees of shelter. Was responsible for the books, also for cash transactions. Took care of some donations. Expected to help raise funds. I prepared all payroll reports. Also petty cash. Chaotic environment, underfunded.
Poor Résumé Spring, 1999 Worked for one spring with Renaissance Rainbow, which is a performing arts troupe operating out of San Francisco. My duties included scheduling interviews with print and broadcast journalists. Was responsible for volunteers and publicity. Other temporary positions Manpower, Inc. San Francisco. Worked at many different places as a temp. 1999-02. Dorhring Company. File clerk, receptionist, general duties. Other places. Good Earth Restaurant - server 1998-1999.
Poor Résumé Personal Self-starter, can finish jobs without supervision. Marital status: single Birth: 6/15/80 Health: Excellent Hobbies: Knitting, singing, like to read First Baptist Gospel Choir Awards: Spirit Award, Oakland High School Dean’s List, college, 2 semesters
Payroll • Accounting • Employee Benefits • Customer Service
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
• Two years’ experience in responsible administrative and accounting positions
• Disciplined self-starter; able to work without supervision
• Proficient with PCs including Word, Excel, and the Internet
Improved Résumé • Can be counted on to follow through on every detail, until a task is successfully .. completed • B.A. degree, San Francisco State University RELEVANT EXPERIENCE 10/03 to Apprentice, Radio Production, KPFA - 94.1, present Berkeley, CA • As production manager, schedule studios, recruit support staff • Process scripts, permissions, and logs involved in weekly productions 2002-03 Financial manager, The Pacifica House (shelter), San Francisco, CA • Used computer to manage payroll and employee benefits for a staff of 26 • Completed all projects on time, despite chronically chaotic environment
Improved Résumé • Managed agency's cash flow, involving funder reimbursements, in-kind donations, .. and fund-raising • Processed all accounts payable and receivable, monthly, and quarterly statistical .. reports for local, state, and federal funding agencies; oversaw petty cash • Designed a flow chart to track success of a $25,000 fund-raising project Spring, 1999 Publicity coordinator, Renaissance Rainbow (performance arts troupe), San Francisco, CA • Scheduled all media interviews and supervised volunteers • Coordinated publicity mailings for African-American Performance Arts Festival 1999-01 Temp positions, Manpower Temporary Services, San Francisco, CA • Developed customer service skills as telephone interviewer for Dorhring .. Company
Improved Résumé • Maintained files, routed incoming telephone calls, input employee progress .. journals, prepared interoffice memos, recorded accounts payable checks, .. keyboarded accounts payable correspondence, learned e-mail systems in various .. assignments EDUCATION B.A. in Broadcast Communication Arts, San Francisco State University, 2002 GPA in major: 3.2 Dean's list, 2 semesters
Human Resources. Management.Organizational Skills.ADA. Applicant Screening. Applicant Tracking. Supervisor. 4+ years experience. Team Player. 401K. Training and Development. Service Award. B.S. MS Word. PowerPoint. Resumix. PeopleSoft. Communication. Dean=s List. SHRM. Spanish Fluency.
Seeking a Human Resources position which will utilize my management and organizational skills and lead to increased responsibility and advancement.
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Pomona, California
Business Administration Degree, 2001
Management and Human Resources Major, 3.33/4.0 (Overall) GPA
Computer Experience and Training: Hardware: IBM PC, Macintosh, VAX VT120 (UNIX);
Software: MS Word 7.0, MS Excel 7.0, MS PowerPoint 7.0, MS Access 7.0, MS Schedule+, e-mail, Synchronics, Lotus 1-2-3, Corel WordPerfect 7.0, Aspects, GroupSystems v5.0 (GDSS)
Relevant Coursework: Human Resources Principles, Staff Development, Training and Development, Compensation and Benefits Planning, HR Computer Applications, Communications for Management
Tools-r-us, Livermore, CA 94550
September 1997 to present
Human Resources Specialist and Supervisor
Manage 15 employees in human resources department, coordinate medical, 401K, and pension plans, train employees in human resources hiring procedures, insure compliance with affirmative action programs.
Dean’s and President’s Honors List; Community and High School Tennis Coach; BSA Den Leader;
Member of Society for the Advancement of Management and Society for Human Resource Managers
Please accept this letter and resume as my application for the Human Resource position you posted in the Career Center at San Jose State University, San Jose, on November 1, 200-. I believe that my qualifications and experiences match the requirements for the position.
As shown on the enclosed resume, I will be graduating in December 2003, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. The Management and Human Resources major has given me the opportunity to complete courses in employee compensation, benefits analysis, information systems technology, and training and development.
My internship in human resources at Tools-R-Us located in Cupertino, California, gave me an opportunity to learn the many facets of a human resources department. While participating as an intern, I was able to assemble a manual for new hires and to conduct a new employee training session. Working for a small business gave me an opportunity to apply what the theory from my class work.
As a student, I participated as a member of the cross-country team and was elected team captain. As team captain, my responsibilities included not only leading the team in the championship finals, but also maintaining the scoring sheets and attendance records. The organization skills learned as the team captain have helped me prepare for the human resource position that you have advertised.
I would appreciate the opportunity to talk with you about the Human Resource position. You may reach me by telephone at (908) 555‑1762 or by e-mail at email@example.com and will be available for an appointment at your convenience.
Mary Carol Chen 301 Palmatum Street Livermore, CA 94550 Home: (510) 555-1751 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Marion Sandoval, Manager ( Reference List is Required)
1234 Crownpoint Street
Livermore, CA 94550
(925) 555-7835 FAX
Mrs. Rowena Kelsey, Consultant
San Ramon Corporation
2387 Seboyeta Avenue
Danville, CA 94526
Dr. Carol Larson Jones, Professor (Include a professor or advisor.)