Jessica Claire
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 (555) 432-1000,

Passionate educator and career counselor strongly desiring to be a valuable member of the world class University of Minnesota. Proficiency with computer skills including e-mail, word processing and spreadsheet software (preferably MS Word and Excel) sufficient to prepare correspondence and monitor and review program reports. Professional-level experience in counseling or training clients with motivational interviewing techniques. Current Career Technical Education Licensure/Certificate, a Master's degree in Education/Special Education currently in-progress with over 20 graduate level credits, 12 graduate level courses in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling, a Bachelor's degree in Education/Physical Education, an Associate's degree in Criminal Justice, and minors in Therapeutic Recreation and Coaching. Current working knowledge of Minnesota Department of Education programs, policies and regulations. Current experience in career/job placement, vocational counseling, and employment programs. Current experience working with learners of all ages and abilities. Current experience assisting individuals with disabilities in developing a job search plan and/or retention services.

Core Qualifications
  • Active participation in [groups, plans, events]
  • Excellent classroom management
  • Teaching, tutoring and counseling
  • MA Education
  • Experience working special needs students
  • Effectively work with parents
  • Proofreading/editing
  • Motivating students
  • Interactive teaching/learning
  • Innovative lesson planning
  • Performance assessments
  • Emergent curriculum
  • Creative lesson plan development
  • Effective listening
  • Behavioral/cognitive skills development
  • Positive atmosphere promotion
  • Interdisciplinary teaching
  • Thematic study techniques
  • Instructional best practices
  • School improvement committee
  • Clear public speaking skills
  • Excellent reading comprehension
  • Active listening skills
  • Behavior modification
  • CPR/First-aid certified
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Essay writing technique development
  • Learning style assessment
  • Classroom management
  • Innovative lesson planning
  • Interactive teaching/learning
  • Served honorably for over 15 years in the U.S.
  • Armed Forces.
  • Certified having a 30% Military Service-Connected Disability Rating from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • I certify that I can type 50+ words per minute and that I am proficient in Microsoft Word-2010, Excel, Office, Access, Power-Point and Advanced Internet Searches.
  • The information within this resume is accurate.
Professional Experience
02/2014 to 05/2015 Career and Employability Skills Instructor Minnesota Department Of Corrections | , STATE,
  • Administers and counsels students about the results of their Career Scope Assessment and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality assessment (MBTI) and how it relates to successful employment. *Provided appropriate and effective classroom instruction in a group setting and in an individualized manner to students with disabilities in the Career and Technical Education programs at MCF-STW and MCF-LL, and managed a personalized IEP (Individual Education Plan) for each student.
  • Delivered Career Counseling, Career Planning and Exploration, work based learning and advising duties to assist students with disabilities in preparing for workforce readiness.
  • Provided Education Counseling and identified resources for students with disabilities to utilize after being released from the facility.
  • Experience delivering large and small group career and technical education and experiential learning for students with disabilities.
  • Coordinated and maintained record keeping duties for the Career Technical Education program.
  • Maintained physical resources of the Career and Employability Skills Program.
  • Provided effective job searching methods to college level students to increase students with disabilities chances of employability and success in the community upon release.
  • Developed methods to enable student workers to retain and capitalize on job-specific skills acquired.
  • Provided and conducted retention or job development services for students, with a goal of maximizing the successful placement of students in meaningful employment in the community.
  • Directed contact with adult learners with disabilities of all ages with various learning abilities and styles.
  • Conducted large and small group employment readiness training for all students with disabilities graduating and being released.
  • Identified and developed Career Technical Education skills certifications.
  • Evaluated and provided recommendations on services provided to students with disabilities and maintained tracking and reporting methods for job retention.
  • Compiled, maintained, and reported students employment and employer data.
  • Promoted program services both internally and externally.
06/2000 to Present Military Unit Career Advisor Air National Guard | , ,
  • Provide college level education and career counseling to employed, unemployed, and underemployed non-veterans, veterans and particularly disabled veterans and their families. *Conduct large and small group presentations to college age students.
  • Provide Case Management services of 80-100 veterans on average annually.
  • Counsel, advise and assist veterans and their dependents relative to their entitlement and application for benefits.
  • Advocate for VA claimants providing information about a broad range of benefits and assisting with applications for VA benefits and services.
  • Act as a legal technician, gathering requisite evidence from medical, military, community and other sources to support benefit determinations.
  • Problem-solve and weigh the evidence while applying the controlling laws and regulations.
  • Administer computer systems appropriate data to generate accurate benefit payments, control pending issues or schedule future actions, and release complete, correct notifications of benefits determinations.
  • Knowledgeable of interpretation and application of laws, regulations and procedures related to Minnesota Department of Education policies, and must be well-versed in medical principles and terminology and in public relations skills.
03/2012 to 03/2013 Workforce Development Representative Department Of Employment & Economic Development | , STATE,
  • Assisted hundreds of job-seekers and job-seeking individuals with disabilities weekly in the Resource Area and at the Reception Desk in their search for employment.
  • Provided pro-active job seeking advice for those which needed assistance and served the universal customer as well as veterans enrolled in re-employment programs.
  • Managed and facilitated 8 different workshops to about 240 clients/customers and veterans weekly on building job seeking skills.
  • Collaborated with fellow colleagues at other workforce centers to design curricula and deliver training at several locations in the metro area.
  • Contacted organizations in the private, public and non-profit sectors to offer workforce development and staffing solutions through the workforce center.
  • Organized job announcements into the state-wide database and conducted applicant searches using the desired skill sets provided by the employer.
  • Assessed lists of qualified applicants provided by the database for accuracy and notified these applicants using the automated state system.
  • Administered resource information and consulted with business managers on identifying crucial skills and aptitudes for the positions in question.
  • Provided for physically and emotionally disabled and able-bodied individuals those services necessary for the attainment and maintenance of satisfactory vocational rehabilitation in an independent and fully professional manner.
  • Managed case loads of individuals with disabilities with serious chronic medical conditions, orthopedic impairments, psychiatric disorders, and those with educationally and culturally disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Analyzed mental, physical and emotional disabilities or other handicaps to determine training difficulty and employment placement.
  • Conducted regular informal conferences, staff meetings, and in-service training.
  • Performed counseling interventions to maximize seriously mentally ill individuals with disabilities independence.
  • Developed strategies to engage individuals with disabilities who may be reluctant to pursue employment.
  • Assisted hundreds of individuals with disabilities in job development and job search activities.
07/2007 to 08/2009 Recreation Therapist Senior/Transitions Coordinator Minnesota Department Of Human Services | , STATE,
  • Analyzed mental and physical disabilities or other handicaps to determine barriers to successful employment.
  • Developed strategies to engage clients who may be reluctant to pursue employment.
  • Developed active and effective working relationships with the employment community, such that job development, employer understanding, job modification or adaptation to clients' needs are accomplished in the best interests of all concerned.
  • Documented services rendered to clients in their medical record, and prepared a written summary for each client for whom service was rendered.
  • Provided follow-up counseling to assure adjustment on the job, and to maintain placement.
  • Performed work which required obtaining and applying occupational information for people with disabilities, knowledge of the interrelationships of the involved professional and specialist services, and skill in employing the methodology and techniques of counseling to motivate and encourage individuals served by the program.
  • Acquired work experience that demonstrated knowledge of the vocational rehabilitation problems characteristic of the disabled, including familiarity with available resources and skill in identifying, evaluating, and making effective use of such resources to serve individuals with disabilities; or of the disadvantaged, including knowledge of adjustment problems of the educationally or culturally disadvantaged, familiarity with available adult education and training resources, and ability to recognize problems areas needing special attention.
  • Obtained work experience in vocational guidance or teaching in a recognized vocational rehabilitation program or school, developmental or supervisory work in programs of vocational rehabilitation and training programs for the disadvantaged, and personnel and employment placement work that provided extensive knowledge of the training and adjustment requirements necessary to place persons having disabilities or social adjustment problems.
Education and Training
Expected in Masters | Arts Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN GPA: GPA: 4.0

Arts In-Progress, Adult Education and Special Education w/ 20 Graduate Credits GPA: 4.0

Expected in 2014 Certificate | Business Industry and Career Counseling University of Minnesota , Minneapolis, MN GPA: GPA: 4.0

GPA: 4.0 Business Industry and Career Counseling

Expected in May 2013 Masters of Science | Career Coaching & Employment Counseling University of Wisconsin-Stout, Minneapolis, MN GPA: GPA: 3.0

Incomplete; Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling w/ 12 Graduate Credits GPA: 3.0 Career Coaching & Employment Counseling

Expected in May 2007 Bachelor of Science | Physical Education/Therapeutic Recreation Adapted Physical Activities & Coaching Southwest Minnesota State University, Minneapolis, MN GPA: GPA: 3.27

Physical Education/Therapeutic Recreation GPA: 3.27 Adapted Physical Activities & Coaching

Expected in June 1999 Associate of Arts | General Studies Psychology & Communications University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN GPA:

General Studies Psychology & Communications

Expected in June 1997 High School/GED, Diploma | Buffalo Senior High School, Buffalo, Minnesota GPA:
Expected in | , Minneapolis, MN GPA:
Expected in 2011 Diploma | Medical Disability U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs-Veterans Benefits Academy, Minneapolis, MD GPA:

Military Unit Career/Education Advisor; 40 hours; Annually


Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF)

Workforce Development Specialist (WDS)

Community Involvement

VA Medical Facility volunteer. Proud member of the VFW and American Legion. Softball manager/coach. Wounded Warrior contributor and supporter.

Basic, benefits, Case Management, conferences, Counseling, client, clients, database, instruction, interpretation, legal, meetings, mentally ill, personnel, physical disabilities, policies, presentations, profit, Progress, public relations, Reception, record keeping, Rehabilitation, reporting, staffing, supervisory, teaching, technician, training programs, Type, workshops, written

Honors, Awards, and Special Accomplishments: Military National Guard Enlisted Association (MNGEA) member Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and American Legion member

National Honor Society member 2004-2007 and 2009-2010

Military Campaigns involved with; Global War On Terrorism, Operation Hometown Hero's, Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn

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School Attended

  • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Wisconsin-Stout
  • Southwest Minnesota State University
  • University of Minnesota
  • Buffalo Senior High School
  • U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs-Veterans Benefits Academy

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  • Career and Employability Skills Instructor
  • Military Unit Career Advisor
  • Workforce Development Representative
  • Recreation Therapist Senior/Transitions Coordinator


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