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Talema Blair

  • Augusta Georgia
  • (706)288-4212

Work History

August 2015Present

Sales Associate

DSW Incorporated

  • Provide customer engagement and promote the DSW Rewards program
  • Greets every customer in the store
  • Provide positive customer service and explains the rewards program and its benefits while ensuring passionate, friendly,  and helpful service.
  • Monitor and maintain Shoephoria sales and the cash register while handling policies and procedures.
  • Maintain a clean and organized store which includes picking up trash in the aisles, cleaning the associate break room and restrooms, vacuuming the store, cleaning mirrors, cleaning the front walkway/stoop of the store, and any other housekeeping items deemed necessary.
  • Unloads merchandise from trucks, places merchandise on the sales floor per DSW standards
  • Complete markdowns of merchandise including accessories
  • Maintains clearance area standards
  • Fill accessories within clearance and the sales floor and organizes and maintains the stockroom.
Feb 2008Present

Administrative Assistant

Richmond County School System
  • Assist with the preparation of budgets and completion of budget reports for the Fine Arts  and JROTC department. 
  • Input and monitor all requisitions for federal funded purchases. 
  • Maintain a current log of federal funded purchases. 
  • Track order progress
  • Train bookkeepers and school administrative staff on new services purchased
  • Complete contracts for all county events and professional learning guest speakers
  • Monitor and maintain federal funded employees supplement records for the purpose of providing an up-to-date reference and audit trail for compliance.
  • Process payment for vendor purchases for the purpose of updating information and authorizing timely payment. 
  • Reconciles account balances for the purpose of maintaining accurate account balances and complying with related policies, practices, and regulations.
  • Sourced, recruited, and recommended qualified candidates based upon client needs while working collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Provide proactive tracking of current employees to ensure eligibility compliance
  • Set-up the enrollment process for new employees
  • Reviewed resumes and applications for pre-screening and identified candidates for interviewing.
  • Scheduled and interviewed prospective hires to fill client roles.
  • Transmit all clear renewable new hire applications to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission
  • Conduct new hire orientation and fingerprint and record new hires and substitutes
  • Track all certified employees to ensure eligibility compliance
  • Verify and post all employees verification, and maintain a record of all certification documents received from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission 
  •  Corresponds with local, state and federal agencies to ensure that effective measures are being used in the enforcement of codes. 
  • Provide and manage superior client service to the students, parents, and staff for the school system.

Grants Bookkeeper and Secretary

February 2014 - June 2015

  • Assist with the preparation of budgets and completion of budget reports for the Race to the Top and School Improvement grants. 
  • Input and monitor all requisitions for federal grant funded purchases.  Maintain a current log of federal grant funded purchases. 
  • Monitor and maintain federal grant funded employees payroll records for the purpose of providing an up-to-date reference and audit trail for compliance.
  • Process payroll information for the purpose of updating information and authorizing timely payment. 
  • Reconciles account balances for the purpose of maintaining accurate account balances and complying with related policies, practices, and regulations.
  • Distribute and process all Impact Aid for all students within the county.  
  • Submit Federal funding figures to the state of Georgia.  Process and verify E-Verify contractors for the entire school system.  

Instructional Materials Supply Clerk

May 2010 - February 2014

  • Coordinate all textbook activity with the State of Georgia and account for all state adopted materials charged to the school district.
  • Conduct an annual physical inventory of all currently adopted instructional materials that have been requisitioned by and delivered to the school district.  
  • Monitor and manage the destiny program on a daily basis.
  • Process textbook fill-in orders and new adoptions for the county.  
  • Distribute and collect testing materials to all the schools within the county.  
  • Report any shortages of tests to the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction.  
  • Maintain Textbook Hot-line and complete the necessary reports 

Media Assistant

February 2008 -  May 2010                     

  • Manage and perform all office duties to include managing and input inventory for library materials and textbooks.
  • Responsibilities include distribution of library materials and textbooks for students and teachers at Langford Middle School
  • Assist in preparation of yearly budget, schedule appointments for teachers and their classes to utilize the media center. 
Jan 2005Jan 2008

Case Manager (social services)

Department of Family and Children Services
  • Responsibilities include investigating all allegations that involve neglect and abuse against children; complete all necessary reports to investigate the allegations; assist other case managers in investigations and reports for completion.
  • Managed a case load of over 30 people offering both community outreach programs and assistance with food stamps and Medicaid
  • Conduct intake interviews and determining, creating and implementing appropriate case plans.
  • Offer my clients several programs throughout the community that will foster their growth for change to better their home settings and personal relationships with themselves and their children. 
  • Provide superior customer service along with strict confidentiality standards to inbound callers whom made calls about abuse and/or neglect among children and young adolescents. 
Jul 2004Jan 2005

Site Director

  • Manage and plan daily academic lessons, prepare recreational activities for adolescents, and facilitate parent and site director conferences
  • Knowledgeable and perform all state policies regarding the safety procedures for adolescents
  • Provided tutorial help in Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies.  
  • Plan and coordinate learning techniques for the students to utilize for their academic assignments
May 2001May 2004

Express Photo Supervisor

Eckerd Corportation
  • Coordinated and worked schedules for all staff members.
  • Responsible for training new hires on the corporate policies and procedures.  
  • Monitor and maintained the monthly inventory control.  
  • Enforce all policies and procedures to ensure excellent customer service is provided and to maximize the profit and lost performance.
  • Received merchandise delivery from vendors and Eckerd distribution centers.  
  • Verify vendor invoice information is accurate and enter vendor invoices into the accounts and payable system.
  • Suggested new ways to increase sales and profits to the Store Manager and the District Manager


Dedicated professional with experience in partnering with business leaders to achieve corporate excellence and drive human resource initiatives. Creative thinker with expertise creatively balancing the needs of employees with the goals and mission of the organization through enhanced performance management. Committed to building a productive and engaged workforce. Promote an open door policy with ability to communicate and relate to all staff levels.


Oct 2005Jun 2010

Master of Science

Troy University

Post-Secondary Education 

Aug 1999May 2003

Bachelor of Arts

Paine College



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