Resume for Jenifer DeLemont

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Over the month of August 2017, I wrote about some of my very favorite things that I have done for work.

I thought I would write a post summarizing what I talked about over the last month, and what I learned from all of the cool experiences that I have been lucky enough to have.

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In my 20’s I worked a lot with artists and musicians in various capacities. First as a promoter for concerts with Third Eye Promotions, but later in other capacities.

Working with artists and musicians taught me patience. Many of them are very wrapped up in their own world, and so there is a lot of listening and being accommodating required.

Of course, it’s also important to always have a backup plan and make sure that everything is organized way in advance. That way you can work around an artist having a meltdown and being unable to do what they are supposed to.

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I was the editor of S.L.A.M. (Support Local Arts & Music) Magazine, as well as the curator of Alice’s Restaurant and Gallery.

This helped me gain years of experience as an effective manager. As Dale Carnegie would say, you have to talk in terms of the other person’s wants. The paperwork end is easy, but it’s handling the people that is the challenge.

Over the years, I was able to learn how to effectively communicate with people, and how to motivate them.

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This was during the beginning of the First Friday Art Walk, and when the City of Phoenix was starting Copper Gate Square.

It was a wonderful time to be involved in local arts and music, and I am glad that I had the chance. However, I did learn that culture in a city is not something that just happens. It takes thousands of dollars in investment from a city, in addition to the work of many people.

I value the time I spent at Alice’s Restaurant and at SLAM Magazine a great deal. It was a wonderful way to spend the first half of my 20’s.

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Later I went to Arizona State University. I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications (with a minor in Sociology) from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU.

While at ASU, I wrote for State Press News, State Press Magazine, College Affairs Magazine, and The East Valley Tribune.

This taught me time management and disciple more than anything else, because I was always so busy.

However, I learned a lot more than that. My college boyfriend was an Aerospace Engineer working on propulsion system research, so I learned about writing White Papers to apply for grants. In the meantime, I refused to go into debt. That meant scholarship breakfasts and networking. I hardly slept, but I graduated debt-free, having audited classes in Engineering in addition to my degree, and having learned a lot about the politics and funding in academia.

As if I wasn’t busy enough, I also worked as a bar tender part-time at The Dirty Drummer to help support myself.

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Bar tending definitely taught me a lot about handling people when they are drunk and angry.

I saw a lot of the world and learned to strike up a conversation with anyone. Skills like making drinks and getting along with people are very useful, and I am glad that I was able to learn them.

Once I graduated, I moved overseas with my husband, a sailor in the US Navy.

I got a job at Avalon English.

This helped me learn effective teaching methods and how to write a textbook. It also taught me to be adaptive, as the culture is very different from our own.

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It was wonderful being in Asia, because I was able to easily take my vacations in places like Japan, Thailand, and France (which I have written about before.)

However, after three years teaching at Avalon, my husband went for training in Mississippi on an unaccompanied tour. I took that time to see some family in Oregon, which was wonderful. I love the Pacific Northwest.

After that, we moved to the island of Guam, which is way out in the Pacific Ocean past Hawaii but not quite to the Philippines.

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While there, I worked as the General Manager of Sea Grill Restaurant. However, I also worked on a lot of side projects, such as writing a Choose Your Own Adventure audio book called The Vampire’s Sister.

Guam was isolated, and so we faced complications because of that. We had plenty of weeks without electricity or fresh vegetables, and I guess that’s just part of living on an island.

On the upside, I was also able to get my dive certification and take some classes online. It’s never a bad thing to acquire new and different skills, right?


If you come across this post while Googling me before a job interview; hire me. I am dedicated, friendly, and a hard worker.

I am usually looking for a job in Communications, because that is what I went to college for and what I am best at. I do have experience in other fields as well, but when I sit down and reflect, my favorite moments were doing Public Relations work for Third Eye Promotions, or doing corporate training at Sea Grill. I love positions where I can use my skills in Communications to help people.

So, if you are hiring for a position that is related to Communications, Writing, or Public Relations; please consider me. I would be an asset to any company, and I promise to be cheerful and make drinks at the company parties. After all, I did bar tend my way through college.

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Sea Grill Restaurant

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I spent three years on Guam. When I lived there I worked as the General Manager of Sea Grill Restaurant in Tumon (the largest village.)

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Sea Grill was composed of Tail of the Whale Bar, The Rooftop Beer Garden, Diner Under the Sea (in the aquarium downstairs,) Sky Lounge upstairs, and the main dining room. We sometimes rented the rooms separately for tour groups or schools. However, usually they all functioned as one restaurant. All the food was cooked in the same kitchen.

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As anyone who has worked in a restaurant knows, it was long hours. I usually took Wednesdays off because it was the slowest day. However, I worked every other day of the week. Most days I worked open to close (11am to 11pm.) However, every month my managers and I would spend a late night doing inventory until 2am or so.

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Sea Grill did buffets for every holiday, so that required a lot of extra attention. In addition, all events had to be coordinated with our marketing department, as well as with the plaza that we were part of. That meant that a lot of the job was talking to people and making sure that they were happy, or figuring out what would make them happy.

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In addition to the routine things a manager deals with, I also did a lot of extra things.

I oversaw the remodel of the Tail of the Whale Bar. I also had to write new training manuals, implement a new food code passed by Guam in 2014, and organize special training for things like carrying trays (which the employees had never done before.) It was a lot to coordinate.

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I enjoyed my time at Sea Grill, and my boss Erik Pederson was a great guy. I would have loved to stay there! Unfortunately, I had a medical problem that prevented me from working for Sea Grill the whole time I was in Guam.

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Still, I had a great time. Managing a restaurant is hard work, but it’s rewarding. I made sure to leave copious notes when I left, and that things were in good hands.

I will always think of Sea Grill fondly.

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Avalon English

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After I graduated from ASU, I took a job teaching English in South Korea.

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I really wasn’t prepared for how hard it was going to be to adjust to the culture. I had to learn about new holidays, as well as a new language, and new ways to shop and travel.

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I had volunteered as a teacher at The Thomas J Papas School for the Homeless, so I had a little bit of experience in a classroom. I had also volunteered at Tumbleweeds shelter (for teens) so I had a little bit of experience in talking with kids about difficult subjects.

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However, nothing could prepare me for the role of a teacher in South Korean society. They expect a person to teach morals and values in addition to the subject matter. In Korea, it takes a village to raise a child. If any child asks you a question about anything, you’re supposed to give them your perspective.

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At first this was hard, but I did learn to give advice with my lessons and to keep a cheerful and productive classroom in the meantime.

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Later, I was given the freedom to design my own curriculum and write my own textbooks. I was very proud of my Dungeons and Dragons class, because the kids really enjoyed it, and they learned a lot of vocabulary from it.

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I completed three contracts in South Korea, and worked under four different school directors. I was able to manage all the transition and complication, and still find time to explore the country.

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In the end, it taught me a lot about teaching. However, I learned a lot more than that. I learned about culture, language and International Business. I gained perspective and became a more well-rounded person. I am very proud of the time I spent there.

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The Dirty Drummer

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Through my twenties, I did a lot of things. I earned an Associates Degree from Paradise Valley Community College, and a Bachelors Degree from Arizona State University.

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In addition, I managed Alice’s Restaurant, and curated the art gallery inside.

I also was also the Editor in Chief for SLAM Magazine, in addition to being a staff writer for The East Valley Tribune, State Press Magazine and State Press News. In addition, I freelanced for College Affair Magazine.

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Through all of that, I worked at The Dirty Drummer Bar and Grill as a bar tender. The owner’s name is Zane Anderson, and he is still a friend. He went out of his way to work around all my other projects and give me a schedule I could work to supplement my income.

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I worked there for a long time, and I am proud to have made life long friends there.

It’s not the nicest bar in the world. However, it is a lot like that show Cheers, with regular customers who you need to know by name and drink. We had theme nights, dressed up for Halloween, and did a 5k every year to raise money for breast cancer research. It was a lot like a family.

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State Press News

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When I was in college at Arizona State University from 2006 to 2008, I wrote for the school news paper; called State Press News.

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At this point, I had already run my own Magazine called S.L.A.M. (Support Local Arts & Music,) and written for College Affair Magazine. In addition, I was doing an internship at the East Valley Tribune.

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However, I took regular assignments with the ASU newspaper in addition to my other work. This was because I paid my way through my education mostly by winning scholarships. The more activities I did, the better it looked an my scholarship applications.

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The school newspaper assigned me the things everyone else was too nervous to write about. For awhile I did a sex column for them, and I always ended up with the stories about “scary people” like the Goth subculture or the metal music scene.

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However, I took whatever assignments they gave me because I am an easy-going person and I am comfortable researching anything. I didn’t save many of my clips because I was often too busy to pick up the paper, but some of them are scattered throughout this post.

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