My Resume

Since I need a new job, I thought it might be worth posting my resume on the olde-bloge.  (That’s olde-tyme-speak for “old blog.”)  I’ve removed all the relevant phone numbers and addresses for probably obvious reasons…but this is basically what it looks like.

 

OBJECTIVE

To secure a position with a well established organization with a stable environment that will lead to a lasting relationship in professional fields.

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EXPERIENCE

2002-2009 Saint Louis Christian College

Positions Held:
2008-2009 Interim Library Manager
2006-2008 Library Assistant
2002-2006 Student Library Worker

Summary of Tasks Performed:
Patron Assistance ○ Statistic Management and Analysis ○ Filing ○ Management of Multicultural Staff, Plus Volunteers ○ Information Literacy ○ Writing and Payment of Invoices ○ Computer Record-keeping ○ Fiscal Responsibility ○ Book Handling ○ Light Cleaning

2004-2007 Ferguson Christian Church

Job Title: Music Minister

Summary of Tasks Performed:
Organize and Lead Worship Services ○ Maintain Regular Contact with Church Members ○ Attend Meetings ○ Serve as a Member of Church Leadership Teams ○ Light Office Work

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EDUCATION

2000-2005 Saint Louis Christian College

Degree Earned: Bachelor of Science; Preaching
Cumulative Grade Point Average: 3.003
Activities: Chapel Musician ○ Yearbook Staff ○ Involvement with Various Campus Ministries

Fall 1998 Lincoln Christian College

Coursework toward Preaching Degree

Hazelwood West Junior/Senior High

Year of Graduation: 1998
Honors: National Honors Society ○ Hazelwood West VIP Squad ○ Best Orchestra Pit Member 1997
Activities: Chamber Choir ○ Music Club ○ Orchestra Pit ○ Theatre

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INTERESTS AND SPECIAL SKILLS

Regularly Performing Musician/Songwriter ○ Avid Churchgoer ○ Web-Design ○ Creative Writing ○ Type Approximately 52 WPM ○ Computer Skills in Windows Platforms, Including Most Office-Type Softwares ○ Avid Reader

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PERSONAL STATEMENT

I am a highly motivated employee, and I give my best everyday. I am a team-player; comfortable with thinking both inside and outside of the box. I have a passion for seeing tasks through to their end and serving both customers and colleagues to the best of my abilities. I believe that excellence is always within reach.

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REFERENCES

Available upon request, but not on my blog! 🙂

 

I thought about adding a couple of statements to show desperation, too…  Wildly inappropriate things, mostly…my favorite of which being, “I will put ANYTHING in my mouth for $28,000.”  But that might send the wrong impression, I’m not sure.  Thoughts on that?

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Current Watching:

  • Frasier…which apparently I love.  I’m not sure when that happened, but for the past couple of years I’ve watched a LOT of Frasier and have even been pissed off when the show isn’t on because of a “special presentation” on Lifetime or something.  (Which reminds me of a line Zach Galifianakis throws out occasionally…  “Did you see that movie on Lifetime?  The one about that woman?”)

And the Economy Claims Another Victim (Me)

I’ve already mentioned this to a few people, but the college released the official announcement today, so I’m making it official on my blog, too. In case you’re wondering, I’ve known since April 3rd, but decided to hold off telling most people until after the college announcement went out today.

 

The long and short of it is that I will not be returning to SLCC next year. As it was explained to me, the college is in a financial crunch and the decision was made that they will not be renewing my contract, in a cost-cutting measure. (It is not performance-related. In fact, as my boss was giving me the news, he spent several minutes praising my performance and offered me a letter of recommendation, which was really nice.) My last day is May 31…which is actually a Sunday, so really my last day is May 29th…my birthday. Happy birthday to me, huh?  So…yeah… It sucks.  At the same time that I completely understand why they felt they needed to do that, I’d be lying if I claimed that I’m not a little hurt by the decision…but that’s temporary and I don’t really want to dwell on it.

 

I don’t like having to leave. SLCC’s been good to me for the many years I’ve worked there. I started as a student worker (2002). I guess they thought I was valuable, because I spent a year still working for 10-12 hours a week after I graduated (2005). Then I was moved up to the Library Assistant position (2006), when the job became available. This past year, I was the Manager. I had hoped and expected to have a long career with SLCC, but I guess it’s over. In some respects though, I’ve actually had a longer career at the school than a large part of the administrative staff, many of whom have only been on for 2-3 years. I’ve seen four people sit in the same chair I had in the Library office. I’ve seen literally a dozen professors come and go. I’ve seen the President ousted, the Academic Dean dismissed, a transition team, a new President and Dean, a 10-year accreditation year (which went okay, not great), a few notable deaths, a few notable births, and a host of other things I’m forgetting. Thought I’d see more too, but I guess they just got the seven-year-itch with me or something, ha ha.

 

Fortunately, I take some great friendships with me and a lot of good memories. This isn’t a “bad” departure. It’s not like we couldn’t see eye to eye and it resulted in my termination. It’s just that they need to pinch pennies right now like just about everybody else (especially those of us who no longer have pennies coming in…ahem). …and I guess getting rid of a guy in his late 20s is better than forcing an older person into retirement, (which I’m glad they’re not doing. I’d much rather be the one to go in that scenario). I can’t really blame them with as good as they were to me over the years and as nice as my (direct) boss has been to me in the past year and especially over the past couple of weeks since giving me the news. They’re good folks at SLCC, with the best of intentions. They’re just freaked out by the economy like everyone else in America.

 

So basically…I need a new job. I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’m a little worried, in fact. In this economy, I don’t expect to get anything stellar (though I hope time, fate, and someone with a decent benefits package proves me wrong). If you’re of the type, please pray for my financial situation and need for a job, and similarly for SLCC’s dire financial needs as well. Also, if anyone knows of people in the St. Louis area who’re hiring, I’d appreciate a recommendation…particularly if any of you happen to have an in-line to some Library work, which is what I’m probably most qualified to do, since that’s what I’m coming out of (with managerial experience, no less!). 🙂 I’ll do just about anything, though. Just need money. I have a college degree. I have managerial experience. I’m willing to shave the beard. I’d prefer not to work with power-tools, because I’m kind of weak and chubby…but it’s negotiable and I’m willing to hit the gym if I need to.

 

So…any takers (ha ha)?

 

…or y’all could help me out by buying a crapload of my music from me off iTunes, too. That’d be great. 🙂

 

So…yeah…that’s what my next couple of months looks like. I’m already filling out applications to book and music stores. Here’s hoping it’s one of those…at least I could still be around something I love…but to be honest, I don’t expect that. I haven’t seen a lot of “Now Hiring” signs in their windows lately.

 

Thanks for any kind words or thoughts you can send my way.

 

As a side note: Posts should be coming more regularly now that I’ve been able to let that cat out of the bag.  I’ll still try to blog random, crazy crap on a near daily basis…until I get desperate and just start ranting about how this is all somehow still Bush’s fault…  🙂

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Current Listening:

  • …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead – “Century of Self” — Apparently ToD put out a new record this year.  I had no idea until I happened upon their website by accident last night.  I’m keeping my Rhapsody subscription until money’s desperately tight, so I’m listening to it there instead of buying it…maybe I’ll put it on my birthday list…  So far, second listen, I like it.  The previous two records were more immediately catchy, but this one’s got some really interesting layers that I think I’m going to grow to love.

People People Who Died Died…

(It’s a lyric…Google it.)

 

A few notables died in the past couple of days that I thought it’d be worth mentioning.  In increasing order of interest (in my book), they were/are/whatever:

  • The guy who drove a car into the nursing home by my house after beating his roommate nearly to death with a hammer.  Apparently, he died as a result of injuries he sustained when the car he—let’s say it again—drove into a nursing home caught fire.  I’m not a big fan of the whole “eye for an eye” thing (much more a fan of the “but I say to you, ‘love your enemies'” part, if we’re going to quote Jesus)…but this one kind of seemed poetic.  On the other hand, clearly the guy didn’t PLAN on coming out alive, so I guess he got his wish…  Thank God he didn’t take anyone else with him (assuming the roommate survives…though she WILL have brain damage).
  • Marilyn Chambers, adult film star, died.  She was 56.  I’m unfamiliar with her—ahem—body of work, but it seemed like such a weird headline.  She’s kind of a pop-art poster-child and it’s weird that she died so young.
  • Harry Kalas, announcer for the Philadelphia Phillies died in the booth, prior to a game.  Now, I’m not a baseball fan, as most people probably know.  Most of the time, I’d much rather watch paint dry than watch even the most (supposedly) exciting of games…but this death gripped my attention.  I can think of nothing more beautiful than for someone to shuffle loose this mortal coil while doing something they love, and by all accounts Mr. Kalas loved his job.  Good for him.  Glad he got to go out with a smile to bait his last breath.

Just thought I’d write that, since I’m still unable to write about some other stuff…but I’ll have some news this week one way or the other, I’m sure.

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Current Listening:

  • That gloomy mix from my last post.  It was rainy again today.  🙂

Gloomy, Rainy Day (Playlist)

Here’s a playlist I made for days just like today.  Contains a few of my old standards, but all in all, kinda diverse.

Title: Gloomy, Rainy Day

Occasion: For use only when it’s rainy and you wanna hear sad-ish music.

Playlist:

  1. “True Colors” – Cyndi Lauper
  2. “American Splendor” – Etyan Mirsky
  3. “Are You Alright?” – Lucinda Williams
  4. “Everybody’s Talkin'” – Willie Nelson
  5. “Lord, I’m Discouraged” – The Hold Steady
  6. “Working Class Hero” – John Lennon
  7. “Born” – Over the Rhine
  8. “The Enormous Room” – Michael Manring
  9. “Who Wants to Live Forever?” – Queen
  10. “Nobody Home” – Pink Floyd
  11. “Five Years” – David Bowie
  12. “The New Kid” – Old 97s
  13. “Blue, Red, and Grey” – The Who
  14. “Hard Times” – Gob Iron
  15. “Happy Being Lonely, Lonely Being Happy” – Vigilantes of Love
  16. “Tears in Heaven” – Eric Clapton
  17. “A Day in the Life” – The Beatles

So there ya’ go.

Harold and Kumar go to the White House

I’m a big fan of the TV show “House.”  Last week’s episode was excellent.  It dealt primarily with the death of one of the main characters, who commits suicide.  Dr. Lawrence Kutner is no more.  The episode was spent trying to figure out why he did it and there were no answers to be found.  He just offed himself for seemingly no reason.

 

As a fan of the show, I got curious as to the ACTUAL reason why the character died.  I began wondering what was calling actor Kal Penn (real name Kalpen Suresh Modi) away from the show.  Well…it turns out that he’s now got a job working for the Obama Administration.  He’s going into politics, working very near to the nation’s highest office.

 

So…in case you missed it…the guy from “Harold and Kumar go to White Castle” and “Van Wilder: The Rise of Kaj” is now working for the President of the United States.

 

Ahem…

 

Wow.

 

I mean, I’m glad McCain didn’t win…but…geez…  I mean, maybe he’s the man for the job…but…  What next?  Secretary of State Spicoli? 

 

Actually…considering what Sean Penn’s become…hmm…maybe!  🙂

 

…and that’s it for today!  🙂

No Word…

I’m still waiting on other people to move their feet before making a pretty big announcement here (which I mentioned in the last post).  It’s always frustrating to wait on others, but in this case those involved are out of town, so it’s not entirely their fault nothing’s moving forward…just bad timing.

 

Anyway…in the interim, I don’t want to lose the discipline of writing…  So here’s a brief list of updates on stuff I CAN talk about…

  • Remember how I posted about the guy driving through the front of a nursing home?  Well, it turns out that earlier that day, he spent some time beating his roommate over the head with a hammer.  So the guy’s a freaking psychopath who probably wasn’t actually planning on coming home that night.  Mission accomplished, I guess.  (The roommate, from what I’ve read, is alive, but will definitely suffer permanent brain damage.)
  • Blue Tattoo’s still writing, and I’m LOVING the songs we’re doing…but for some reason we’re being met with silence from bookers.  Don’t know why.  Even if we sucked (and we don’t) they should be more worried about if we’re going to bring in a crowd than if we’re a good band…but to be fair it’s hard to even know what the gripe is when no one even returns calls.  We’re just being outright IGNORED.  I’ll take someone not liking my band, but I won’t stand for being ignored.  That’s just rude.  I remember a day in this town when people at least had enough class to say, “We don’t think you’ll fit in with the venue” rather than just delete your e-mail.  (So…y’know…if you’re one of those guys, please at least tell us we suck.  I’d rather hear that than nothing.)
  • I need to get a shop vac and clean up some of the dust from sanding at the house.  It’s kind of EVERYWHERE.  The sander I used was vacuum powered, but it didn’t really work very well.  There’s just a fine white powder everywhere from drywall sealer.  Fortunately, I don’t seem to have breathed in too much of it…but it has left my house smelling a little bit like those “Bugles” snacks that they sell in stores.  Don’t get me wrong…I like Bugles…but who wants their house to smell like that???
  • Dave Knobel and I recorded a commentary for my website (for the “Out from the Light,” now available on iTunes).  It’s not up yet, but it soon will be.  We spent a significant amount of time making Farrah Fawcett jokes…then the very next day it was announced that she has anal cancer.  So that makes the commentary kind of in poor taste.  I’m going to record a brief disclaimer to put before it…but pretty much I’m leaving everything in.  It’s good enough that I’m willing to be in poor taste…and we only kid the ones we love…ish…
  • It’s Lab Week at the college, so most of the students are gone.  I have five in the office doing various work for me.  It’s kind of fun.  Wish it could last forever…but everyone comes back next week…then the semester ends at the end of the month, and the fiscal year’s over in May.  So…yeah…
  • Somehow I ended up sleeping on my left hand last night.  Now my carpal tunnel is going nuts.  Such is life.  (I should note that I haven’t had that diagnosed…but come on…it’s carpal tunnel.)
  • There’s a possibility that I might get on board with a new church plant (probably just as a member, not so much as paid staff or anything).  It’s really interesting looking.  Designed to reach college-aged people (plus a little older and a little younger) with what appears to be a little less emphasis on the “you have to look and act like us” thing and a little more emphasis on the “what are your thoughts on Jesus?” thing.  I tend to like ministries that do that, and this one seems genuine.  I’m hoping to get more information soon.  That might be just what the doctor ordered, since I’m still pretty much without a church-home…
  • Got a new cell-phone.  It’s a touch-screen with a full texting keyboard.  Pretty cool.
  • I spell-checked this, but in re-reading it, I noticed several errors the spell-checker didn’t catch.  So watch for that!

So that’s it for now.  I’m going to try to start posting again, even though I can’t quite post about the one thing I WANT to talk about yet.  As I said, I don’t like waiting on others…and hopefully I’ve got enough to say anyway.  So we’ll pick this back up.  Thanks for waiting on me.

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Quotable Quotes:

  • “Don’t you feel like your entire life’s just a series of diversions to keep you out of bed?  I love bed.  It’s where you sleep.  It’s where you make love.  Those are the two best things in the world.  If I could find a way to do both at once, I’d be a happy man.” – Ed Byrne
  • Conversation:
    • Me: “Someone shot a cab driver in St. Louis.”
    • Matt: *Sigh* “Finally!”
    • Me: *Pause* *Uproarious laughter*
  • Lyric Writing:
    • Me: “The…something…doesn’t quite seem to cut it.”
    • Dave: “…masturbation?”
    • Me: *Immediate uproarious laughter*