Objective

I am seeking a position where I can use my software knowledge, artistic, and HTML skills plus my writing and customer service abilities to improve a company’s web & print documents in order to better serve the company's customers and clients. I hope that through my efforts the company will be able to produce greater revenue from their products and services.

Summary

Dedicated Service-Oriented Professional With 30 Years of Experience Serving and Helping Other People in a Variety of Environments and Organizations.

Work History

Work History
Aug 2001 - Feb 2009

Graphic Artist

Cox AutoTrader

Over the years I worked in all areas of the department completing a variety of tasks, substituting for others when absent, and training new and existing employees at new tasks. This was a fast-paced production environment with high standards for accuracy.

  • My last position was as a Book builder where I paginated magazines and tabloids using Epic’s 4D database, Classified Layout System Page Director, FileMaker Pro, Quark Express, and Adobe Acrobat software.
  • During my years there I troubleshot problem ads, made corrections, analyzed graphic/EPS files for problems. I used Photoshop, Illustrator & Quark Express to solve these problems.
  • I created special projects, rate cards, marketing brochures, booklets, forms, and promotional signs for various departments within the organization.
  • I worked with 2 database programs, File Maker Pro, and Epic’s 4D, sorting, queries, and organizing in-coming work for the department.
  • I received several merit increases, compliments, and had a reputation for a job well done.
Jul 1999 - Mar 2001

Computer Technician & Web/Graphic Designer

Gemini Software Solutions

  • I provided computer technical assistance both in house and clients by installing hardware, software, & networking in a Microsoft environment.
  • I troubleshot any problems either hardware or software for both the computer and network.
  • I tested and documented all software setups/troubleshooting and provide reports to supervisors and clients.
  • I designed and created web sites and print material that were both visually pleasing and informative for the company.
  • I provided telephone help desk support for clients.
  • I interacted with clients on their needs and expectations for their websites, brochures, & advertisements.
May 1996 - Jul 1999

Computer Technician

http://www.sinclair.edu
  • I installed and troubleshot computer systems hardware Including CPU, scanners, printers, and plotters and associated software in a variety of computer labs/classrooms.
  • I documented all work done and any problems solved or problems still pending.
  • I provided technical support for a variety of computer labs.
  • I supervised student workers.
  • I tutored students on various software applications.
  • I provided public relations support for computer lab areas.
  • I designed and created web sites for several departments and projects for the campus.
  • I installed and maintained Windows NT 4.0 workstations, Windows NT 4.0 Servers, Windows 95, and Windows 3.11 for Workgroups.
  • I installed network protocols for classroom computers.
  • I troubleshot computer hardware problems and low-level troubleshooting of Sinclair’s computer network system as related to computer classrooms.
  • I managed the scheduling of the repairs around class times.
  • I loaded and unloaded a vast variety of software for both classroom and business office use. I used Symantec’s Ghost software to clone software images across the network to multiple classroom computers.
  • I prepared and tested software for the class curriculum.
  • I created and maintained an inventory of all software applications.
  • I tutored students in the use of Microsoft Windows, HTML, Adobe PhotoShop, Microsoft Office, and Internet skills.

Education

Education
Mar 2009 - Present

Computer Information Systems

Devry University
Mar 1996 - Aug 1998

Associate Degree in Individualized Study in Computer Services and Graphics

http://www.sinclair.edu

nAssociate Degree in Individualized Study in Computer Services and Graphics

nGraduated with Honors - 3.5 GPA

Skills

Skills

Adobe Acrobat

I have been using Acrobat since version 3. I am very proficient in creating any type of Acrobat document including web-based forms. I am familiar with the new Adobe Designer for Acrobat, which does make creating forms much easier. I am continuing my education with Acrobat in learning more of the advanced features using JavaScript

Quark Express

I have been creating books, magazines, advertisements, documents, brochures, and business cards in Quark Express for the last 7.5 years. I started with version 3.3 and am now proficient on version 7. I am comfortable in either a Mac or PC environment. I can work either as a team member or independently. My work includes compositions for the following companies: Cox Auto Trader a division of Cox Enterprises, Sinclair Community College, Home Based Arts Corp., & Gemini Software Solutions. 

Adobe Dreamweaver (formerly Macromedia Dreamweaver)

I love working in Dreamweaver. It is so much fun to use. I have been using Dreamweaver since version 1.2, which would have been 1998. Now, my two favorite features of Dreamweaver is the split screen between the code view and designer view. I love to write my own HTML and CSS and love to watch the elements pop into place as I create code. The other feature is the auto complete function. That takes away so much typing it makes the job go so much faster. Hopefully, I will be creating more websites using Dreamweaver CS4 soon.

Adobe Illustrator

I didn't pick up on Illustrator until I had many years of experience with Photoshop. I originally used CorelDraw to create vector images. I now enjoy using this software as much as Photoshop. One can do some very creative imagery in this software. My favorite piece that I have done is overlaying my color pencil drawing "Seascape" using the gradient mesh tools in Illustrator. Those tools gave my piece just the right color gradients that I envisioned. I would like to do more commercial work using Illustrator.

Adobe Photoshop along with Kai's Powertools 3, 5, & 6

I started learning Photoshop in 96'. It was version 3 before it had layers. I started using plug-ins as soon as 97'. Kai's powertools have always been my favorite. I can achieve some very creative designs playing with Kai's tools. Since then I have learned to use Photoshop as a photo restorer, a color corrector, web image builder, to create high DPI print images, build magazines, brochures, and entire books with the software. I am a Photoshop expert and I want to do more. The only area that I have not done is video. And I would like the opportunity to do that also.

Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)

I am self-taught in HTML. I've been creating web pages since '97. I believe am at an expert level. Although I use tools such as Dreamweaver or Frontpage, I still code from memory. I am very fluent in reading HTML written by others. I am up to date on XHTML and all of it's specifications. I am up to date on Casading Style Sheets and all it's specifications and use CSS to design all of my web sites.

Letters of Recommendation

Photoshop & Illustrator Art