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My goal is to make the world a better place, one job at a time. 

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Books  I am really more like a Belle than Ariel when it comes to reading.

Latest favorite read: "Free from the Tree" by Andrew Solomon. 

Food: Apothecary  You are what you eat. Currently making my own personal care products with herbs and other natural medicinal ingredients.

Art  Etsy. Pinterest. Local thrift stores. Upcycling & repurposing things. 

Fashion  I have a soft spot for socks and anything with patent leather or faux fur.

Yoga  Relaxation at its best when you know how to breathe right. 

Standup Comedy  How can you not love funny people? 


2014 - 2017

Professional in Human Resources (PHR)

2016 - Present

Diploma of Sourcing & Recruiting (pursuing)

The Sourcing Institute
2014 - 2016

Certified Internet Recruiter (CIR)


Work History

Work History
Nov 2015 - Present

Corporate Technical Recruiter


Instructure was founded to define, develop, and deploy superior, easy-to-use software. (And that’s what we did / do / will keep on doing.) We are dedicated to the fight against iffy, mothbally, shoddy software. We make better, more usable tools for teaching and learning (you know, stuff people will actually use). A better connected and more open edtech ecosystem. And more effective ways for everyone everywhere to access education, make discoveries, share knowledge, be inspired, and do big things. We accomplish all this by giving smart, creative, passionate people opportunities to create awesome. So here’s your opportunity.

We are growing and looking for awesome people like you! Check out our website ( for open positions, or email me at apao(at)instructure(dot)com.

Jun 2015 - Oct 2015

Technical Talent Consultant


Helped build a startup specialized in technical staffing and staff augmentation. 

Jan 2014 - Jul 2015

Talent Acquisition Specialist


Tried everything that made sense when it comes to recruiting. Hiring digital marketing and IT positions in SEM/SEO, creative/marketing/content/analytics/data, software development (front-end, back-end, full-stack), system administration, data architecture, QA, & project management.

  • Sourcing
    • LinkedIn (everything a Recruiter seat buys)
    • X-Ray using self built Google CSE and built-in CSE site (
    • Resume search (indeed resume, careerbuilder resume, outplacement sites, and organic file search on
  • Employer Branding
    • Company career pages on stackoverflow, github, etc.
    • Corporate career page recommendation on UX/UI/SEO improvement
  • Social Media Recruiting
    • LinkedIn updates and groups
    • Facebook groups
    • Twitter
    • Reddit
  • Recruiting Technology
    • ATS implementation
    • Partnership with diversity recruitment organizations
Mar 2012 - Jan 2014

Corporate HR Generalist

Great Dane LP


  • Augmented LinkedIn Talent Brand Index from 9% to 32% within a year, making the company the strongest branded employer on all major social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, instagram, Youtube, mobile app) compared to industry competitors
  • Created company career page, coauthored company social media policy, and built online employer branding through social media presence (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter)
  • Sourced nationally for both exempt and non-exempt positions using boolean search on and LinkedIn Recruiter; placed three senior management positions that were vacant for months within the first eight weeks of employment
  • Developed and implemented progressive recruiting strategy and processes (requisition and ATS) as the lead corporate recruiter, utilizing multiple niche sites such as Bullhorn Reach, the Ladders,, StackOverflow, Reddit
  • Increase applicant volume by 156% and company visibility by 700% with the first three months of employment (70 applicants/689 views on career page in March to 253 applicants/4,763 clicks on job postings in June)

Human Resources:

  • Effectuated organizational development programs, including Succession Planning, Employee Activity Committee, Employee Referral Program, Employee Perks Program, Service Award Program and Fundraising Campaign
  • Automated HR data management by implementing web-based Employee Action Forms, online Employee Directory, Applicant Tracking System, Scholarship Program and HR Intranet Portal

{Corporate-level Responsibilities: 4,000+ employees}

  • Served as the interim project manager for ADP implementation, responsible for ensuring data integrity, gathering requirements, producing progress reports, and collaborating with IT team to prepare for data integration
  • Partnered with functional leaders to institute succession planning program 
  • Designed and implemented progressive recruiting strategy and processes that address the complete cycle of talent acquisition and retention
  • Developed relationships with local/veteran employment services, universities, and trade associations
  • Planed an Engineering Internship Program to build a critical talent pipeline
  • Worked in liaison with staffing agencies for company-wide staffing needs
  • Conducted job analysis on all exempt positions and establish salary grades and structures
  • Produced organizational charts, HR metrics and ad hoc reports
  • Administered Service Award, Scholarship and Tuition Reimbursement programs
  • Staffed senior management for a subsidiary start-up and trained the HR Manager

{Interim Retail HR Generalist from March '12-'13: 500 employees}

•   Served as the main HR support for all employee relations issues at 24 nation-wide retail locations in 14 states

•   Advised corrective or disciplinary actions aligned with company policy, local and federal employment laws

•   Processed, verified and maintained personnel related documentation for over 100 new hires and rehires, including but not limited to background check, new hire, e-verify, and status change

•   Administered benefits enrollment, declared events and handled leaves of absence requests (LTD/FMLA/Military leave) 

•   Updated HR policies and streamlined employment action procedures

Nov 2011 - Feb 2012

Recruiting Coordinator/Volunteer

John G. Shedd Aquarium

•   Increased the candidate pool by 25% via LinkedIn groups, target association sites, and industry contacts

•   Sourced nationally for both exempt and non-exempt positions and presented qualified candidates to hiring managers

•   Posted jobs on various job boards and social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter

•   Pre-screened resumes, conducted phone interviews and reference checks

•   Sourced additional candidates using Boolean logic search on Google

•   Researched various applicant tracking systems and contact vendors for product demonstration and quotes

•   Developed recruiting strategies and initiate relevant projects regarding hiring veterans

Sep 2011 - Dec 2011

Independent Project Consultant

South-East Asia Center

• Created Client Satisfaction Survey in both English and Mandarin Chinese to understand the clients' needs and assess the client experience with the services provided at South-East Asia Center• Trained staff on how to administer and collect the survey correctly to minimize the potential bias and errors

• Input confidential data including intern work hours, social security benefits, and other governmental assistance applications

• Interpreted for intake workers with Mandarin-speaking only clients 

Sep 2011 - Dec 2011

Employment Program Specialist

Vietnamese Association of Illinois

•  Assisted refugees or low-income residents with their employment needs by providing the following services but not limited to: career guidance, resume writing, interview preparation, and job search skills

•  Generated individual job seeking and action plans based on skill assessment and competency evaluation results

•  Performed or demonstrated online job search procedure

•  Contacted staffing agents or recruiters and attended career fairs for job leads and placements

•  Prepared clients with current job search techniques by integrating social networking platforms into job search strategy

Jan 2011 - May 2011

Market Research Assistant

Platt Retail Institute

• Developed survey based on research findings of young consumers' buying behavior and media consumption pattern

• Launched survey on to assess young shopper styles and the effectiveness of advertising strategies

• Wrote advertising copy for attracting potential survey participants on and

• Analyzed collected data and interpret results into written report, including graphs and tables

Aug 2009 - Apr 2011

M.A. Student in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 3.82

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Team Collaborations

  • Performance review system for Casa Central | March 2010
  • Job analysis and structured interview guide for TCS Education System | April 2011
Sep 2010 - Dec 2010

Staff Training Intern

John G. Shedd Aquarium

• Researched on best practices in training design and execution• Assisted with other HR projects such as recruiting when needed• Generated, administered and collected the training evaluations via• Maintained course registration data in ACCESS• Created course presentations and materials in PowerPoint

Final Products:

• Designed a professional eLearning course by using Adobe Captivate

• Formulated a volunteer and intern's manual for managing training evaluations on• Created a user's manual for, an online volunteer management interface• Built a task manual for Staff Training Intern position

Aug 2009 - Jun 2010

Foreign Language Instructor

Garfield Park Preparatory Academy

•  Created Mandarin curriculum with interactive lessons, including art work, dances, music, and PowerPoint Presentation •  Enhanced children's self-awareness and self-worth by celebrating diversity and multiculturalism •  Prepared 90 students with beginner-level knowledge and skills of state-standard foreign language programs

•  Oversaw the Foreign Language Program, including instructor recruitment and parent newsletter distribution

Oct 2008 - Jun 2009

Assistant Manager at Nine West

Jones Apparel Group, Inc.

·    Directed operational initiatives involving loss prevention, compliance functions, and quality assurance

·Reduced inventory by monitoring invoices, sales transactions, staff incidents, and shrinkage goals

·Ensured quality of customer services by providing client-centered solutions and suggestions

·Delegated tasks and supervised subordinates with continuous performance feedback and action plans for development

·Maintained operational reports and communications with management team regarding sales and employee performance

May 2008 - Jul 2008

Research Assistant

Sam Houston State University

• Performed literature searches on EBSCOhost and ERIC on the topic of social challenges of cancer patients with facial disfigurement • Conducted qualitative analysis such as identifying research methods and interpreting results within each scholarly journal • Collected, reduced, edited, filed data in Excel according to professors’ research focus

Jun 2006 - May 2008

Librarian Assistant

Sam Houston State University

• Processed, shelved, displayed or stored new books, periodicals, gift books or withdrawn books • Executed technical projects such as label and archival correction, order card classification, and volume relocation • Maintained cataloging data using Workflow, OCLC, and WorldCat

Jan 2007 - May 2007

Food and Beverage Cast Member

Walt Disney World Co.

• Greeted and served restaurant patrons following the Disney Traditions_ safety, courtesy, show and efficiency • Took orders at the cash register and balanced the drawer at the end of the shift • Maintained the floor by performing food safety procedures, stocking items, and cleaning the tables and self-service stations


Aug 2009 - Apr 2011

Master of Arts

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Dean's Scholarship recipient | 2009-2010

Courses & Applications

  • Organizational Culture and Design
    • Conducted an organizational analysis and generated recommendations on change management, performance appraisal, and communication for a non-profit organization in Chicago
  • Statistics and Lab
    • Performed various types of statistical analysis for mock cases, including factor analysis, reliability, validity, correlation, regression
  • Organizational Consulting Skills
    • Customized a performance evaluation system for a non-profit organization in Chicago
  • Personnel Psychology
    • Produced a myriad of Human Resources reports such as job analysis, behavioral anchored rating scales, recommendations for selection system, training and test development
  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
    • Participated in distributive and integrative negotiation role-plays by using strategic and effective tactics
  • Talent Management and Succession Planning
    • Created individualized development plans and placement recommendations for high potentials/performers and low potentials/performers across three levels of positions in a case study
  • Performance Appraisal
    • Designed a performance appraisal system for a mock company based on best practices in current research
  • Training: Theory Design & Evaluation
    • Generated a training course based on principles of adult learning and customize a training system on customer services for a mock company
  • Organizational Attitudes & Survey Development
    • Created professional deliverables such as survey, RFP, data analysis report and executive presentation on survey results
  • Job Analysis & Employee Selection
    • Conducted job analysis, formulated a structured interview guide, and presented a RFP on selection system
  • Organizational Diversity
    • Learned modern diversity strategies and programs at personal, organizational, community and global levels
  • Organizational Leadership 
    • Explored different theories of leadership and assessed leadership competencies through a variety of assessment instruments
Jan 2006 - Aug 2008

Bachelor of Science

Sam Houston State University

Cum Laude

Dean's List | Spring and Fall 2006

Member of National Scholars Honor Society and the Golden Key International Honor Society | 2007-2008