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Work experience

Oct 2010Jan 2011

Intern

Sparkpr

§  Conducted media outreach for multiple accounts by creating pitches, building media lists and calling contacts.

§Secured speaking and award opportunities for clients through research and drafting abstracts.

§Performed administrative tasks to assist teams with account management.

§Cataloged all incoming business leads for the agency and disseminated leads to agency members.

Aug 2010Oct 2010

Sales Representative

East Bay Concepts

§  Performed B2B sales and marketing for a Fortune 500 company.

§Gained referrals and created a client base.

Apr 2009Jun 2010

Retail Sales Associate

T-Mobile USA

§Explained T-Mobile services and contracts and also demonstrated how to use multiple handsets.

§Maintained excellent customer relations to gain referrals.

Aug 2009May 2010

Editorial Director

Tehama Group Communications

§Edited all written material for Chico State’s premier student public relations agency using AP style.

§Utilized efficient time management when assisting multiple accounts to meet their deadlines.

§Supervised two editorial assistants.

§Voted TGCer of the Month, November 2009 and April 2010.

§  Voted Blogger of the Month, February 2010.

§Compiled a manual to help new consultants learn agency policies, procedures and editing guidelines.

§Increased time efficiency by transitioning TGC from editing on paper to editing electronically.

§Developed and led the Writers Boot Camp.

§  Represented TGC at Chico State's Preview Day.

§Created online content for California College Media Association.

§Wrote articles for the Chico State department of communication's semiannual newsletter.

§  Wrote content for TGC's new Web site.

§Planned the College of Communication and Education's donor reception.

Sep 2009Dec 2009

Student Copy-Writer/Designer

Public Relations Publications course

§Wrote content and designed a brochure for the Bridging the Gap for Breast Cancer Fund that was published.

§Original brochure was selected as one of two, out of 22, by the client to be produced.

Dec 2006Apr 2009

Retail Sales Associate

Wireless4u

§Explained T-Mobile services and contracts and also demonstrated how to use multiple handsets.

§Maintained excellent customer relations to gain referrals.

Jun 2008Aug 2008

Sales Coordinator Internship

Live Nation - Sleep Train Amphitheatre

§Created fliers, handouts and Web postings to promote upcoming concerts and ticket sales.

§Assisted in overseeing activities in the VIP Lounge and premium seating.

Oct 2003Jun 2006

Birthday Coordinator

Chuck E. Cheese

§Responsible for confirming, setting up, coordinating and hosting birthday parties.

§Supervised all activities in the showroom and maintained a schedule.

Education

Sep 2008Dec 2008

University of Brighton

I took general education courses, including photography and creative writing, while also traveling to Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands and France.

Skills

Event planning
It started with keeping a birthday party down to 90 minutes and eventually it came to keeping six birthday parties running simultaneously down to 90 minutes each. My experience at Chuck E. Cheese not only prepared me to plan events and keep things going, but it also taught me to supervise, be a team player, see the big picture and be very customer service-oriented. This proved beneficial when I began my internship with Live Nation and will continue to do so as I help plan a reception later this year.
Attention to detail
I pay very close attention to detail while performing any task. This came about through comma-catching, I'm sure. But from getting a cake out to the table on time at a child's birthday party to making sure guests were having a good time in their VIP seats, I have found that it's the little things that people remember.
Copy editing
I have extensive knowledge of AP style, grammar and punctuation. For the last year, I have been editing news releases, articles and promotional material created by my peers on a weekly basis. I look for simple errors, structure, audience and purpose.   I have taken classes to enhance this skill, read literature to keep it fresh in my mind and put it to use on a daily basis from sending simple text messages to writing papers for my minor.

Portfolio

Resume

Writing Samples

Portfolio

COMM Newsletter spring 2010

Summary

If Marcia Miller had to pick up and go immediately, then she'd make sure to grab a few things before she left. First, she'd grab her duffle bag and then her laptop and iPod. She would grab her journal next, along with every CD she owns. The pictures and concert tickets that adorn her walls would come down and be put in her journal for safe keeping. A towel would be handy too. Miller learned this from "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." Finally, she would grab a handful of pens and her trusty AP Stylebook. 

With her duffle bag full, she'd throw it over her shoulder and pick up her purse. Closing the door behind her, Miller would leave her apartment, head down the stairs and...

Well, Miller went to your office because she's ready to start a new job. She can be on the move at a moment's notice, write what needs to be written, edit what needs to be edited and promote what you think the world needs to know. Miller's got the personality, skills and spunk to succeed in any situation. She's not afraid of trying new things or getting her feet wet. To her, that's the fun part of life.

Miller's moto: If an opportunity doesn't present itself, then create one.

Journalism Times fall 2009

Journalism Times

This is annual newsletter for Chico State's journalism department. It highlights what has taken place within the department in the past year. I acted as editorial director for this account, editing all articles featured.

Interests

Traveling

I found a passion for traveling after my first trip to New York City as a junior in high school. I loved being immersed in a new community and a different culture. The sites, the smells and the experience with new views and attitudes had such a profound influence on me that I went to New York City again a year later. 

When I studied abroad in England, I took advantage of every tour that was offered. I went to France and saw the Eiffel Tower. In Amsterdam, I drifted through the canals, ate a crape, visited the red-light district and went to a clog and cheese factory. Dublin, Ireland offered the opportunity to learn about vikings and Ireland's history, visit St. Patrick's Cathedral and the Guinness Factory, and taste corned beef and cabbage. And it felt as if I had stepped into the History Channel when I visited Stonehenge.

Since arriving home, I've made it a point to go on adventures in California and experience new things. My friends and I visited the Shasta Caverns and other cities that surround Chico.

Music

It was Third Eye Blind's "Jumper" that made me fall in love with music. Since hearing that song on the radio, I have been fascinated by the guitar and the way drums, keyboard and bass can come together to produce something so beautiful. Music is something that can cross cultures, classes, gender lines, time and age. It is something so pure that I can't help but gush when talking about it. I am such a believer in music and its power that I dedicated a website building project to California's need to keep music education in elementary and high schools.