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Jan 2009Jun 2009

Restaurant Server


Currently, I work in a fast-paced, casual restaurant with a 6-8 table section.  Over the last nine years, I have served and managed in various types of restaurants to put myself through college.  This type of experience has made me thick skinned, quick on my toes and an excellent multi-tasker and communicator.

Previous Restaurant Experience:

  • Server, Stella Mare's, Santa Barbara, CA (Sept 2006 - July 2008)
  • Server, McPhee's Grill, Templeton, CA (Nov 2005 - Aug 2006)
  • Server, Koberl at Blue, San Luis Obispo, CA (May 2005 - Sept 2005)
  • Restaurant Manager, Panolivo, Paso Robles, CA (April 2004 - May 2005)
  • Server, Alloro, Paso Robles, CA (July 2000 - June 2004)
Jan 2009Apr 2009

Healthcare Project Intern

DAVIES Public Affairs

At DAVIES, strategic approaches to redefining controversy is paramount.  As an assistant to the Project Coordinator in the Healthcare practice, I worked mostly to help clients in need of grassroots support to win their cause.  I also conducted research for the Real Estate and Energy & Natural Resources practices and contributed to the overall business development of the firm.

Job duties:

  • Client billing, client phone calls, database creation and management, research/community audit, mail merge, quality control, and basic office applications.


Sep 2007Jun 2009

Bachelor of Arts


At UCSB, I developed an interest in the importance of organizational communication and the complexities, dynamics and issues that face organizations today.

  • Maintained excellent grades while interning and working full time
  • Traveled abroad to Thailand for a semester to study international business

Relevant Coursework:

Organizational Communication: A Global Perspective, Political Communication, Global Communication, Cultural Influences on Communication, Media Literacy, Internet and Media Policy, Internet and Contemporary Society, Micro/Macro Organizational Communication, Communication Internship

Aug 2008Dec 2008

Thammasat University

  • Completed a semester abroad at a modern, international business school
  • Conducted consumer research within the local community for weekly product presentation and forecasted a realistic business plan for a potential company in the service industry.

Relevant Coursework:

Principles of Management, Marketing Research, Retail Management, Product and Brand Management. 

Jun 2007Jul 2007

University of Sydney/James Cook University
  • Directing for the Camera and Video Production I
  • Completed several short film projects in a team using architecture, culture and resources within the local community.
Aug 2006May 2007

  • Excelled in my studies and was awarded President's Honor Roll for fall and spring semesters.
  • Studied abroad to Australia in the summer of 2007 for Film and Media Studies.
Aug 2002May 2004

At Cuesta, I completed a significant portion of my general education requirements.  After a year and a half, I took a temporary leave of absence to become a full time restaurant manager.


Margaret Huston

Elizabeth Musson

In the short time I have worked with Elizabeth, I have gained hands on experience with daily job tasks, as well as direct exposure with business professionals and active clients.  I have also gained a new interest in the importance of healthcare communication and its impact on consumers.

Meredith Baker

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About Me

I have worked in the restaurant industry for over 9 years, which has enabled me to perfect my public relations and sales skills. In addition, during my matriculation at Santa Barbara City College and UCSB, I have studied abroad to Australia and Thailand. I have also interned at a public affairs firm in Healthcare, Real Estate and Business Development.  I recently graduated from UCSB with a degree in Communication.

As a student and employee, I am determined, focused and disciplined.  I am compelled to ask questions in order to understand why I am doing something as well as how it must be done.  My various work and travel experience has prepared me for the demands of  an organization and any challenge that come my way.

In five years, I see myself with a career in a public/media relations related field at an executive level.  I also have a strong desire to travel domestically and international for the development of my company.  Being an activator by nature, I get things done and strive to become a valuable organizational asset in the future.

Personal Strengths

  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to work with diverse personalities
  • Ability to handle confidential material
  • Computer proficiency
  • Business writing skills
  • General office/administrative capabilities
  • Planning, organization, multitasking and time management
  • Public relations and sales skills


Research and material auditing, working, traveling, reading, cooking, exploring new opportunities, reconnecting and developing my career.

I'm also interested in issues within the healthcare industry and how healthcare plans, policies and procedures shape consumer perceptions and attitudes.