Guerrilla RESUME

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 HashtagUrban 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

OBJECTIVE

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.

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

  • 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

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications

King’s College– Wilkes-Barre, PA 1993

WORK HISTORY

CURRENT WEBSITES, BLOGS AND RECENT WRITING CREDIT    2010 to Present

Flickr
(Over 1,110,000 views since May 2010)

Abandoned Pennsylvania Blog

(Blog of the Week, “PA! Live”,  February 7, 2012 & May 17, 2016)

Pop Culture Travel   (now on  dwellable)

eBook:

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.

De~Re Chic (Fashion with a Conscience)

EZine Articles

 

Contributing Photographer for: 

My Philly Alive

The Forwardian, Issue 5

Uncharted Frontier EZine (several issues)

Picture Credits

Walser, Lauren.  “Pennsylvania Town to Lose Landmark Hotel.”  Preservation Magazine. PreservationNation.org. Web.  31 March 2011.

Atkinson, Wendy. “Sinking A Titanic.” IndependentNEPA. Summer 2011.

 Public Speaking

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!)

(BS Alert!)

Donor Recruiter

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. 

**And a few other  jobs, not worth listing, of  pretty much the same genre…….

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Completed a class in Writing/Critical Thinking to further develop writing skills

Luzerne County Community College –Nanticoke, PA

Fall 2010

Social Media and Small Business Workshop

Wilkes University (Small Business Development Center)

Summer 2010

Completed classes in Public Speaking and Acting to attain experience in public speaking

Luzerne County Community College –Nanticoke, PA

Spring 2009

 

 

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  1. Love reading your times-leader posts. Wish there was a way to make Urban exploration a full time job. Have a couple places I want to ask you about. Email me when you get a chance. Thanks!

    • Alex
    • September 16th, 2012

    Hi, just wanted to tell you, I enjoyed this blog post. It was funny. Keep on posting! I wish I had a job to offer you. Our office could use some humor!

    • Kyle
    • September 23rd, 2012

    You are the red balloon in a field of yellow balloons. Love that you are an individual who is not afraid to exploit your uniqueness. I am a fan.

    • The 99%
    • September 23rd, 2012

    Every potential employee should have the same objective.

    • Mauricio
    • December 7th, 2012

    Please reply for an interview on Hotel Sterling, Thanks.

    • Marty
    • April 3rd, 2013

    Cheri,

    Love your site. Do you know anything at all about a place called Fanti’s Park? It was a picnic grounds adjacent to Cummin’s Pond that was popular fromt the mid-30s up to sometime in the 1960s. It was created by Sinabaldo Fanti, who lived on the other side of the pond with his family. Seems like it might be just another lost part of NEPA history.

    • Marty,

      Thank you for the compliment! Sorry, I’ve never heard of Fanti’s Park or Cummin’s Pond….Do you know where the pond is located?

      ~~Cheri

      • Cheri,

        The way I got to Cummin’s pond was take West 8th Street out of Wyoming, and bear right as it turns into PA 1021. Then, it’s about 12 miles to Cummings Road, which goes around about 2/3 of the pond. The only reason I know of its existence is that my ancestors went there for family get togethers often during the 30s and 40s. It was the creation of Sinabaldo Fanti, who lived in Exeter prior to opening the grounds and moving his family there. The Wilkes-Barre Sunday Independent and Times Leader had advertisements for the park, but I’ve not found anyone who has photos of what the place looked like in its heyday. The Twin Oaks Golf course is adjacent to the pond, so I’m assuming that it is on land that used to be the park.

        Again, great site.

        Martin

  2. Thought you might find this facebook page interesting! https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Forgotten-Places-of-NEPA/224244344253355

    • Uwe Fisher
    • May 24th, 2014

    Thanks for your piece on the station, I shared it on the FACEBOOK page Rant and Rave in Wilkes-Barre as well as Crazy Shit going down in Wilkes-Barre, lots of likes and very positive comments all around. I really appreciate the work!!

  3. https://roadtrippers.com/jobs

    Thought some of these jobs may interest you.

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