Jake Nielson

Interest

  • Chinese language and culture
  • Scouting (camping and building character in young men)
  • Computers
  • Business management books
  • Leadership/self-help books
  • Finance - I subscribe to and read religiously the Wall Street Journal
  • Current events
  • Politics

Objective

Bring value to large businesses through effective corporate communications and public relations.

Work History

Work History
Sep 2007 - Present

Corporate Trainer

Platinum Protection
  • Worked directly with the VP of Operations in developing training and leadership materials for 50 middle managers.
  • Conducted weekly motivational training sessions on leadership, goal setting and time management.
May 2008 - Present

Head of Corporate Communications

Platinum Protection
  • Designed and built a corporate communications department for a $75+ million per year company
  • Created and implemented public relations plan for fiscal year 2009
  • Responded intelligently to media issues (including crisis communications) resulting in better media coverage for the company
May 2008 - Aug 2008

Communications Intern

Community Action Services and Food Bank
  • Created Flash banner ads for web PR campaign
  • Oversaw creation of a television ad for the agency
  • Designed copy and layout for lobby powerpoint presentation
May 2005 - Aug 2007

Lead Technician

APX Alarm
  • Managed the Minneapolis office in the summer of 06' and the Naperville office in ’07, generating $3.4 million dollars in total revenue.
  • Managed a team of 10 technicians and administrative personnel.
Sep 2006 - Dec 2006

Sports Beat Reporter

BYU Daily Universe
  • Worked on a deadline basis covering BYU sport's news
  • Gained proficiency in writing to journalistic standards
Oct 2002 - Oct 2004

Volunteer Missionary

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Served a church mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Micronesian Islands from 2002 to 2004
  • Served as an assistant to the Mission President in travelling to different areas to train, motivate and supervise over 100 missionaries.
May 1995 - Oct 2002

Irrigation and Harvest Specialist

Robert Nielson Farms
  • Managed, without direct supervision, the irrigation of 250 acres of fields
  • Ran heavy equipment in farm processes such as planting, cutting, and harvesting Alf Alfa, wheat and peas

Education

Education
Jan 2005 - Aug 2008

Communications

http://www.byu.edu
  • Cum Laude graduate
  • Major GPA: 3.91
  • Overall GPA: 3.84
  • Member Phi Kappa Phi
  • Member Kappa Tau Alpha - The National Honor Society in Journalism and Mass Communications
  • Member Golden Key Honor Society
Mar 2008 - Jun 2008

Effective Communications and Human Relations

Dale Carnegie Training
  • Recognized, with 100% percent attendance, for completion of its Effective Communications and Human Relations Course
May 2007 - Aug 2007

Developing As A Leader Suite

Harvard Business Publishing
  • Recognized for completion of the Developing As a Leader Suite

Skills

Skills

Adobe Creative Suite (CS3)

Proficient in InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop Basic Flash capabilities (such as animated banner ads and slideshows) Familiar with Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Contribute

Microsoft Office (all versions including 2007)

Proficient in Excel, Powerpoint, Word, Outlook, MS Project, Publisher and OneNote Familiar with Microsoft Access, Accounting 2008 and Groove

Speak Mandarin Chinese

Studied two years of both written and spoken Mandarin Chinese at Brigham Young University Proficient in the traditional character set and familiar with the simplified character set