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Work experience

May 2015Present

Freelance Writer

Coffee News - McKinney, TX

Writing "What's Happening" content. Research local events and write relevant content on a weekly basis.

Aug 2011Dec 2014

Inventory Manager Assistant/Bookseller/Buyer

Half Price Books - McKinney, TX
  1. Purchase used and collectible books and media from the public.
  2. Order new gifts and stationery product from Distribution Center.
  3. Research value and pricing of collectible items.
  4. Research the availability of rare books as requested by customers.
  5. Stock and track both used and new merchandise in book sections to ensure sell-through.
  6. Create and maintain visually stimulating displays, track customer reaction and reorganize when necessary.
  7. Restructure and continuously update all Gifts and Stationery displays throughout the store.
  8. Work with Store Manager and Merchandising Manager to plan and execute section improvement and floor resets.
  9. Assist Merchandising Manager in carrying out corporate changes and requests.

Sep 2009Apr 2011

Merchandising Team Lead/Bookseller

Border's, Inc. -Lewisville, TX
  1. Work with Sales Manager to organize and perform weekly store merchandise changes according to sales department directives.
  2. Research the availability of out of print items for customers.
  3. Design and maintain store displays that drive traffic and are visually appealing.
  4. Plan and execute floor redesigns.
  5. Manage all aspects of gifts and stationery department.
Jun 2006Jul 2009

Merchandising Supervisor/Bookseller

Border's, Inc. - Houston, TX
  1. Keyholder to $8 million store
  2. Research the availability of out of print items for customers
  3. Work with Sales Manager to organize and perform weekly store merchandise changes according to sales department directives
  4. Work with management team to maintain daily store operations. 
  5. Design and maintain store displays that drive traffic and are visually appealing
  6. Plan and execute floor redesigns
  7. Manage all aspects of gifts and stationery department
  8. Reorganize gifts and stationery department, increasing sales by 33%. 
  9.  Redevelop merchandising team's standard practices for greater efficiency and more precise execution
  10. Train and develop staff.
May 2004Apr 2006

Receptionist/Office Assistant

The Mid-Continent Companies, Ltd. - Houston, TX

1. Primary company contact for vendor and client relations
3. Proofread and edit all correspondence 
4. Provide research and information for company owners
5. Continuous assessment and updating of company office policy to better address client needs and increase productivity. 
7. Provide administrative support for all departments.

Education

Jan 2000Aug 2003

BA English and History

University of St. Thomas - Houston, TX
  1. Studied Literature and History with a focus on Medieval and Ancient social history.
  2. Minored in Philosophy and Medieval Studies.
  3. Assisted in development of AIDS educational program that also served as a GLBT and GLBT friendly support group.
  4. Member of Literary Society (Vice President), History Society, Philosophy Society, RAAVE (Raising Aids Awareness via Education), French Club
  5. Graduated with honors in English, History, Social Sciences, and Philosophy.
  6. Earned Aquinas Honor Society membership for general academic excellence.
  7. Awarded several academic based scholarships.
Aug 1997Dec 1999

Transfer/Studio Arts

San Jacinto College North Campus - Houston, TX
  1. Participated in the Studio Arts program (Graphic Art, Sculpture, Mixed Media).
  2. Entered several gallery shows.
  3. Completed core requirements for future University education.
Aug 1993May 1997

High School Diploma

Incarnate Word Academy - Houston, TX
  1. Excelled in college preparatory core curriculum.
  2. Honors English and Honors History.
  3. Member of French Club, Science Club and Drama Club
  4. Worked for IWA Corps, an invitation only recruiting and outreach program.
  5. Graduated in top ten of class.

Skills

  1. Writing
  2. Research
  3. Customer Service
  4. Visual Merchandising
  5. Inventory Flow
  6. Training
  7. Leadership
  8. Increasing Staff Morale
  9. File Maintenance
  10. Process Improvement
  11. Problem Solving
  12. Customer Satisfaction and Retention
  13. Self Starter
  14. Resale Purchasing
  15. Inventory Management