AOL Jobs Week Resume Contest Winner: Leigh Richards


Location: Royal Oak, Mich.

Job: Fashion Merchandising

Time Unemployed: 1 month

What do you want your potential employer to know about you?

I am a very hard worker, outgoing, friendly and want to succeed in my career


To obtain a job with an innovative fashion retailer where I can provide value while utilizing and further developing my skills in the fashion merchandising industry.


Western Michigan University: Kalamazoo, Mich. May 2010

  • Bachelor of Science in Textile and Apparel Studies

American InterContinental University: London, UK June-July 2008

  • Fashion Program

Professional Experience

December 2008; January 4-8, 2010, June 1, 2010- Dec 2010 Parigi Group Ltd: New York, NY

Merchandising Coordinator

  • Oversaw merchandise at three national retailers, in over 20 stores and three states – includes managing inventory, presenting merchandise, promoting sales, identifying opportunities, and reporting to headquarters.

August 2003-Current Beverly Hills Club: Beverly Hills, MI

Front Desk Clerk

  • Responsibilities included answering phones, membership check-in, managing cash register, organizing tennis schedules, handling member complaints, and assisting in secretarial work.

March 2009-Aug. 2009 Forever 21: Portage, MI

Sales Associate

  • Responsibilities included assisting customers with merchandise, setting up store displays, organizing store merchandise, and continuing to gain leadership and communication skills while working with a team of employees.


MODA (Merchandising Opportunities Design Association)

  • Executive Board Member, Public Relations Committee, Aug 2007 - 2010

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