Resume Example: Employment Specialist

This father is re-entering the workforce after 14 years of full-time parenting. He wrote about volunteer and temporary jobs that support his job objective, which is a career change from his pre-parenting days. Because he presented his current volunteer work as a job title, it is not immediately apparent that he is unemployed. He was discreet about his age by not listing dates in the Education section.

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Sample Resume for an Employment Specialist

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123 Lemmon St.
St. Province, NM 12345

OBJECTIVE: Position as Employment Specialist


** Many years of experience working in nonprofits, most recently with the unemployed and homeless.

** Very strong interpersonal and communication skills; work equally well one-on-one or in team settings.

** Solid business and fiscal background; successful in writing grants and researching funding sources.

** Skilled researcher and administrator; hold MA Degree in Economics and an MBA Degree.


Parents' Work Services (PWS), Job Training Corp., St. Province, NM, 2004 to Present

** Instrumental in the opening of a new location for the PWS program at "reclaimed" U.S. Army facility. Since move in September 2004, client numbers have tripled and continue to grow. Currently there are 600 individual client files with 200 active at any one time.

** Work closely and cooperatively with Coordinator of Job Readiness Program to establish objectives. Implement plans, assess results, and report on outcomes. Continually research trends and new methods for possible inclusion in programs.

** Oversee daily activities of trainers, counselors, outreach workers, and job developers.

** Set up, organize, and continue to coordinate delivery of daily adjunct support services such as free lunches, transportation, and childcare for clients at new location.

** Work with clients, many who are homeless and economically disadvantaged individuals with families. Help them overcome psychological barriers and regain confidence by working one on one to set realistic job and career goals, obtain necessary education, write resumes, and search for employment.

** Coordinate agency's micro-enterprise training program, which helps clients begin businesses and obtain small business loans.

** Created a new, successful facet of micro-enterprise program, which is a "club" that meets bi-weekly. This venue offers clients a casual social setting that's conducive to learning, positive interaction, and support. Also, personally research topics, set agendas, and run meetings.

** Write reports for sponsoring agencies, record financial data, and enter/update client information, using Microsoft Word, Access, and Excel.

Financial Data Temps, Santa Fe, NM, 2002 to 2004

** Acquired experience with many types of organizations and their internal functions. Worked for property management, advertising, and dot-com companies, plus a variety of nonprofits including a foster-care agency, a civic association, and a drug and alcohol rehab facility.

** Prepared financial statements, recorded and monitored accounts receivables and accounts payables, prepared employee payrolls and related tax forms, and reconciled bank statements.

** Used QuickBooks Pro, Excel, and variety of custom programs and databases (e.g., Oracle and PeopleSoft).

Nonprofit Organizations in the Santa Fe Area, NM, 1982 to 2002

** As Fiscal Officer of American Indian Family Center, an agency serving Native American women recovering from substance abuse, handled bookkeeping, payroll, and financial reporting.

** As Program Coordinator for Christian Social Services/Christian Charities of Santa Fe, analyzed local housing market for rent control advocacy. Raised initial grant funding for the Independent Housing Commission and the Indochinese Housing Franchise. Staffed the strategic planning group.

** As Parish Secretary for St. Francis Roman Catholic Church, performed customer service duties.

** As Grant Writer and Organizational Consultant for Catholic Charities of Santa Fe, wrote business plan and grants that raised $124,000 for farm project for Laotian refugees.

** As Administrator and Grant Writer for Santa Fe College of Music, worked with the Board of Directors to revise policies and improve fiscal reporting procedures. Wrote proposals for over $20,000 in grants.

** As Project Director of the Public Pension Project, generated $45,000 in grants. Revamped process for monitoring investment performance of the Santa Fe Employee Retirement Fund.

Sage National Bank, Santa Fe, NM, 1992 to 1999

** Ensured compliance with Community Reinvestment Act.

** Monitored and analyzed local economic conditions in the county. Provided relevant and timely information to bank's management.

** Contact person on local economy for the press and business associations.


MBA, The Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley

MA in Economics, School for Social Renewal, New Haven, CT

Additional Graduate Studies:
Theology and Christian Ethics, School of Religion, New Haven, CT
Courses in Education, Santa Fe University, Santa Fe, NM

BA in International Relations, University of Arizona, Tempe, AZ

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