I’m finding that many people seem to think that this is what I do! I get compliments about “my work” as if this is my job. It is not. But the way that this blog began is job related!
I became unemployed and took an online workshop about using Social Media for business and “personal brand building” to update my skills. I needed a project, so I started posting pictures online and created several blogs. This blog and my Flickr account were generating views, and people were responding, so I continued maintaining them both as a hobby.
When I had my resume reviewed by a career counselor, she thought it was a terrific way to show employers, as a Mass Communications Major, that I am in fact literate, and possess transferable skills that could be applied to any industry! So if you enjoy reading my blog, you can hire me to work for you—no matter what you do! I can adapt my skills to meet your specific needs.
Yet somehow, no one has made that connection, and people continue assuming that being a Guerrilla Historian, Tumblr Hashtag, Urban Explorer, Unemployed Zombie Building Infiltration Specialist, Defunct Local Zoo Expert, and an Unemployed Purveyor of Ruin Porn is legitimate work. I have even been interviewed more than once about what I “do”! Yet, no one has EVER interviewed me about any of my actual jobs….
If you have a way to make this my “work”, contact me–I’m in! I am also always open to discussing any other legitimate employment opportunities.
You can find me on LinkedIn (one of the top 10% most viewed LinkedIn profiles for 2012) and Facebook under Cheri Sundra. You can also contact me by leaving a comment on one of my blog posts. I moderate every comment, so personal messages do not get posted online.
You can find my (kind of ) resume posted below or you can visit my Resume Page for the professional version which includes my current position. But I think the version below is much more honest! 😉
(Cheri) Cheryl Sundra
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703
To find an employer who doesn’t want me to worry about money, just as much as I don’t want to worry about money. I would be equally as happy just to land a position that was both challenging and exciting, that involves working in a creative capacity. I am willing to relocate if a compensation package is offered.
- Excellent oral and written communications skills with strong research capabilities.
- Published freelance newspaper correspondent and guest columnist.
- Experienced public speaker.
- Critical thinker. Able to develop compelling arguments.
- Experienced developing website content and maintaining an audience.
- Experienced relating with manufacturers, business accounts, consumers, claims negotiation, and collections capacities.
- Experienced eBook author/photographer
- Getty Images Contributor
Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications
King’s College– Wilkes-Barre, PA 1993
CURRENT WEBSITES, BLOGS AND RECENT WRITING CREDIT 2010 to Present
(Over 1,110,000 views since May 2010)
(Blog of the Week, “PA! Live”, February 7, 2012 & May 17, 2016)
Pop Culture Travel (now on dwellable)
“Welcome to the Zombie Hotel Sterling” (now on Amazon)
Contributing Writer for:
Sundra, Cheri. “As We Forgive Those Who Trespass Against Us.” UE Magazine, Issue 3. October 2012.
Sundra, Cheri. “A Community on Company Time.” IndependentNEPA. 08 Dec 2012.
Sundra, Cheri. “Take a Walk with History.” IndependentNEPA. 16 Sept 2010.
Contributing Photographer for:
Uncharted Frontier EZine (several issues)
Walser, Lauren. “Pennsylvania Town to Lose Landmark Hotel.” Preservation Magazine. PreservationNation.org. Web. 31 March 2011.
Atkinson, Wendy. “Sinking A Titanic.” IndependentNEPA. Summer 2011.
Presenter, “The Art of Urban Exploration”, Pecha Kucha Night Scranton, August 25, 2012.
(This is the part of the resume writing process that I abhor!)
American Red Cross (as an employee of Manpower)–Hanover Township, PA 5/2008 thru 9/2009
(It was a call center. We made calls. We were the people calling you, while you were eating dinner, or getting your kids ready for bed, or watching the Super Bowl! I pulled this characterization of the position from the job description. But it’s not really what we did. We just called people, who didn’t want to be called. That was our job. You knew you were doing it well when the public was yelling at you for doing it!)
- Implemented effective strategies to recruit and retain donors via telephone.
- Ensured sufficient numbers of specialized donors to meet whole blood program needs.
- Educated potential donors about the need for blood donations.
Associate, Fashion Merchandising Team
Macy’s –Springfield, PA 5/2003 thru 12/2004
(We put stock out. We made the selling floor look nice. Sometimes we did display work. But mostly, we put stock out. I also pulled the following characterization from the job description.)
- Handled major selling floor moves including designer collections.
- Merchandised new receipts to planogram and visual merchandising presentation standards.
- Developed and maintained relationships with vendor representatives.
- Executed non-selling tasks that are key to the successful operation of the department.
Completed a class in Writing/Critical Thinking to further develop writing skills
Luzerne County Community College –Nanticoke, PA
Social Media and Small Business Workshop
Wilkes University (Small Business Development Center)
Completed classes in Public Speaking and Acting to attain experience in public speaking
Luzerne County Community College –Nanticoke, PA