Isaac Ledford

  • Racine US-WI
Isaac Ledford

Work History

Work History
Mar 2009 - May 2009

General Laborer

Sodexho Food Services

My primary shifts required me to stock the products within an on-campus university food court.  I kept the drinks, dry goods, and ice machines stocked for consumers to purchase.  My other job was cashiering at the same food court.

Sep 2007 - Dec 2008

Teacher Assistant/Grader

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Foreign Languages Department

During these three semesters, I served as a teaching assistant and homework grader to Professor Matthew Waters of the Foreign Languages Department.  The courses for which I graded were Classical Mythology, which required me to grade short essays, and Classical Latin, which required me to grade translations of English into Latin and vice versa.

May 2007 - Aug 2007

General Laborer

Chick-fil-A

This summer job required me to perform a wide variety of tasks, including cashiering, filling food orders and placing them on trays and in bags, managing the drive-through window, preparing chicken breasts for frying, managing the waffle fry and chicken nugget machines, preparing sandwiches, unloading the food truck, taking out the trash, cleaning the tables and the floor, keeping the trays clean and sanitary, refilling the stock of iced tea and lemonade, making tea and lemonade, slicing lemons, keeping the ice stocked, keeping the condiments stocked, transporting frozen chicken products from the freezer into the coolers, and occasionally keeping the grounds free of litter.

Jun 2006 - Aug 2006

Service Floater/Security

Boy Scouts of America, Southeast Wisconsin Council, Robert S. Lyle Scout Reservation

I served this summer as a general worker, filling in for other staffers when they were gone, performing a variety of tasks around camp, and providing auxiliary help for any staffers who needed it.  I also was in charge of camp security, which required me to ensure that only registered campers were on our camp grounds, and to take care of any non-registered guests who drove in.

Jun 2005 - Aug 2005

Trading Post Manager

Boy Scouts of America, Southeast Wisconsin Council, Robet S. Lyle Scout Reservation

I worked in the trading post this summer, where I managed the camp store's stock of products, sold products to campers, stocked the goods on the floor and in the soda machines, and recommended quantities of products to order on a week-to-week basis.

Education

Education
Sep 2004 - May 2009

Bachelor of Arts

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
  • GPA:  3.82
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude
  • Dean's List All Five Years
  • Member of Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Lambda Delta, and Phi Eta Sigma

Skills

Skills

Organization

I can effectively arrange, compile, and classify data or objects in order to create an organized system out of a disorganized mess.  When I see chaos in my workplace, I immediately attempt to bring it to order so that business can be conducted more efficiently.

Interpersonal

I am able to effectively interact with people.  I can dialogue with friends and strangers easily and comfortably, and I have had great success in quickly building rapport with people I have met very recently.  I am proficient in leading and facilitating small group discussions, as well as in mediating conflicts.

Education

I am proficient in secondary educational pedagogy and instructional methods, including creating and executing lesson and unit plans.  I am able to work effectively with students one-on-one and in small groups in order to teach content and help them improve their academic skills.  I can gauge the needs of learners and summarily create strategies to address those needs.

Critical Writing

I am skilled at academic and critical writing.  I am able to translate disparate information into a unified, written whole that is clear and understandable.  I can accurately construct concise logical arguments based upon evidence without distorting it.  I also have skill in using a word processor and am able to efficiently use a keyboard in order to write effectively.

Research

I am proficient in searching for and locating information relevant to the project at hand.  Specifically, I have been trained to research within the field of history, which involves navigating a multiplicity of media in order to find relevant data; these media include online databases, card catalogues, the internet, scholarly monographs, and other publications.

Extracurricular Involvement

  • Eagle Scout Awardee in the Boy Scouts of America Youth Program
  • Student Leader in Campus Chapter of Campus Crusade for Christ
  • Volunteer Worker to Help Clean Up the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
  • Involved Member of the National Honors Society in High School

Strengths (based on the Gallup StrengthsFinder Profile)

  • My first strength is Belief.  I have enduring values concerning spirituality and ethics.  These values give my life meaning and satisfaction and provide me with direction.  My friends call me dependable, and I am easy to trust.  My work must be meaningful to me, and it will matter to me only if it gives me a chance to live out my values.
  • My second strength is Connectedness.  I believe that all people are connected, and therefore we all individually hold a measure of responsibility for every other person, since by harming others we are essentially harming ourselves.  I am considerate, caring, and accepting; I am a bridge builder for people of different cultures.
  • My third strength is Restorative.  I love to solve problems.  Whereas some are dismayed when they encounter yet another breakdown, I can be energized by it.  I enjoy the challenge of analyzing the symptoms, identifying what is wrong, and finding the solution.
  • My fourth strength is Responsibility.  I am forced to take psychological ownership for anything I commit to, and I feel emotionally bound to follow it through to completion.  If for some reason I cannot deliver, I automatically start to look for ways to make it up to the other party.  When assigning new responsibilities, people look to me first because they know it will get done.
  • My fifth strength is Harmony.  I look for areas of agreement.  When I know that the people around me hold differing views, I try to find the common ground.  When others start to argue about their pet theory or concept, I steer clear of the debate, preferring to talk about practical, down-to-earth matters on which we can all agree.  In my view, we are all in the same boat, and we need this boat to get where we are going.

Much of this material is quoted directly or paraphrased from Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths (New York:  The Free Press), 88, 92, 101, 111, 112.

Summary

I am an optimistic, personable, and altruistic young man who is seeking gainful employment with a person or organization with worthwhile and constructive goals.

References

References

Dave Laughlin

Dave Laughlin is the chief staff member for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire chapter of Campus Crusade for Christ, and he has directed the ministry for ten years.  I have worked closely with Dave for two-and-a-half years.

Matthew Waters

Professor Matthew Waters teaches ancient language and civilization courses.  He is also the creator and advisor for the Ancient Studies minor field of study.  I took a total of five courses from Professor Waters and graded homework for him for three semesters.