AOL Jobs Week Resume Contest Winner: Nia Elliott

Location: New York, N.Y.

Job: Administrator, Counselor & Business Owner

Time Unemployed: 11 months

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

Ambitious individual who can work in a team or independent setting with experience in recruitment and administrative functions.


Obtain a position where I can effectively utilize my experience in customer service, program development, and human relations that enables me to make a positive contribution to the organization.

Education and Certifications

Post University Waterbury, CT

Nine additional credits required to complete Bachelor of Science degree program in Environmental Science.

  • State of Connecticut Department of Children and Families Medicine Administration-DCF
  • Make-Up Artistry2008
  • Automotive Technician- 2000

Professional Experience

2008 - Current NiaCaree Beauty

Owner - Sole Proprietor

  • Event planning.
  • Design and implement beauty and fashion features.
  • Work with individual event clients on cosmetics, hair style, manicure/pedicure.
  • Conduct marketing functions for various boutiques, salons, etc, including creation and distribution of mass mailings, brochures, emails, and telephone calls.

2007 -2009 Brio Academy of Cosmetology

Admissions Officer

  • Evaluate student applications, determine eligibility and enroll students.
  • Meet monthly student enrollment goals based on previous year projections, retention rates, and student recruitment.
  • Submit weekly performance reports.
  • Maintain close client relationships through effective collections functions.
  • Post tuition payments to system, maintain payment spreadsheet data.
  • Enhance highest levels of customer service.
  • Resolve transactional problems and inquiries.
  • Establish relationships with relevant businesses in the community to increase referrals.

2004 -2008 Salvation Army Youth Emergency Shelter,

Waterbury, CT

Childcare Worker

  • Counselor to delinquent and emotionally disturbed youth.
  • Create residents' status reports through compilation of data from multiple sources including teacher feedback, DCF, probation office, parole office, family workers, and visiting clinicians.
  • Lead recreational activities intended as therapeutic events.
  • Participate in meetings with residents and professionals such as parole officers, probation officers, and other staff members; on discharge, bi-weekly reviews/assessments, and immediate behavioral concerns.
  • Teach daily living tasks and responsibilities and represent a positive peer group role model.
  • Assist in educational programs, accurate documentation on individuals.
  • Provide crisis intervention.

2001 - 2004 Leadership, Educations, Athletics in Partnership (LEAP),

New Haven, CT

Counselor - Site Coordinator

  • Counselor to delinquent and emotionally disturbed youth.
  • Liaison for community after school program for inner youth, ages 6-14 years.
  • Manage staffing, scheduling, and day-to-day operations for five inner city program sites.
  • Create and implement curriculum and programs such as field trips, sports, motivational activities, team building events.
  • Conduct one-to-one and one-to-group counseling as needed.
  • Work closely with parents and administration to provide most effective environment and program success.
  • Assist in creation of daily lesson plans.

  • Previous management experience
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher & Word)
  • Able to demonstrate exceptional verbal and written communication

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