Heart of the Black Hills, SD
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I am an experienced computer technician and consultant, technical writer, editor, blogger and bartender. I am creative, focused, and detail orientated while still being able to see the bigger picture. My knowledge and abilities in many areas will prove to be an asset to any company looking to hire a full-time employee. I am willing to work from home, online or locally for a weekly 9to5 shift.


Computer Technician | Tutor | Consultant
Self-Employed, Heart of the Black Hills, SD
1995 - Present

  • Troubleshooting | Problem-Solving | Deployment | Installation | Repair | Upgrading
  • Since I started college, nearly 20 years ago, I have been helping others with their computer woes. I once taught myself a CAD program in a day so I could teach someone else how to use it that same day. I have taken computers apart and rebuilt them, both desktops and laptops. I have helped people fix their internet, devirused many a machine and got their systems working like they want again. I am sure I can do the same for you.

    Slate Creek Grille, Hill City, SD

  • Served Drinks | Waited Tables | Cleaned Bar | Stocked Bar | Closed Tills
  • I was given nothing but praise in my time working here. I had never worked as a bartender before but I quickly found myself happily mixing and serving drinks, pouring beer and keeping the bar stocked. I learned a lot working as a bartender and could easily see myself doing this work again.

    Dishwasher & Prep Cook
    Rico's Mexican Restaurant, Hill City, SD

  • Washed dishes | Prepped Food | Bused Tables | Waited Tables
  • I was the go-to girl while I worked at Rico's. When I wasn't washing dishes, I was helping to prep food, bus tables and any other duty that needed done. Liz, the owner, knew that she could always count on me to jump up & help, as needed. I helped keep the place running smoothly.

    Movie Extra
    National Treasure: Book of Secrets
    , Keystone, SD

  • Extra | Movie Work | Crew
  • I spent a long, great day as an extra on this movie, while they filmed at Mt Rushmore. If you look really hard at the end of the movie, you might see the back of my head. I got to walk next to the stars, including Nick Cage, over and over again that day. Talk about fulfillment at work!

    Sales Representative and Customer Support
    Heartland America, Custer, SD
    2005 - 2006

  • Multi-Line Phones | 10-Key | Processed Orders | Phone Support
  • I spent my time taking sales orders for the Heartland America catalog. I learned a lot about call scripts, sales pitches and upgrading customers while working here.

    Hotel Desk Clerk
    Hill City Mt Rushmore Super 8, Hill City, SD

  • Hotel Check-Ins | Processed Reservations | Cendant Software | Concierge | Security | Laundry
  • I was the first person you greeted, when you walked into the lobby. I checked you into your room, took your payment information and made sure you had everything you needed for a comfortable stay.

    Telephone Researcher
    RMA Research, Hill City, SD
    2003 - 2004

  • Multiline Phones | 10-Key | Phone Surveys | Collected Data | Data Mining | Research
  • While here, I spent my days cold-calling people across the country, in order to do surveys. Most of the surveys I did were political or business-related. Yes, I was the person calling you at dinner to do a "short survey" that you most often hung up on.

    Native Americans with Disabilities Program, Ukiah, CA

  • Office Support | Filing Papers | Photocopier | Answering Phones
  • I was a front desk secretary in charge of answering phones, mail, filing and copying papers, along with other assorted duties. This was a temporary position but I enjoyed it and still think back on my time here.

    Internet Support Technician
    Sabernet, Ukiah, CA
    1999 - 2002

  • Tech Support | Phone Support | Assisted Customers | Signed Up New Customers
  • In my career, my favorite boss of all would have to be my boss at SaberNet because he made working here fun. I cherish all the hours I worked here. I also enjoyed working in an environment where I was largely unsupervised. I took phone calls and email messages, answering customer's internet concerns and signing up new customers.

    Soundboard Technician
    KMSU 89.7/KMSK 91.3 - The Maverick Radio Network, Mankato, MN
    1997 - 1998

  • Kept Station Running | Ran Programs | Soundboard | Satellite Feeds | Maintained Website
  • This was one of my favorite jobs. I ran day-to-day operations, downloading audio feeds, cued music and station ids, ran programs, organizing the music library, taking and directing calls and even maintained the station's website. I would take a position like this again in a heartbeat.

    Journalist | Photojournalist
    The Reporter, MSU, Mankato, MN

  • Wrote Articles | Took Photos | Adobe Photoshop | Quark Express | Digital & Manual Cameras
  • I got a taste of what it is like to work in a newsroom at this job. I took photos, interviewed people and wrote articles for the paper. I also learned how to set up a paper with Quark Express, how to edit photos with Adobe Photoshop and how to get it all ready for print and for online.

    Administrative Assistant
    Commencement Office, MSU, Mankato, MN

  • Updated Rolodex | Sent Commencement Invitations | Sent Alumni Gala Invitations | Office Work
  • I spent a summer working at my college's commencement office. It was a great experience, as it taught me all about office procedure. I single-handedly prepared and sent out all the invitations for College Commencement and for the annual MSU Alumni Gala. I remember my boss fondly and often think back on this great experience.

  • Education:

    Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mankato, MN
    B.A. - CIS, Journalism, Music, Theatre
    GPA: 3.0, Dean's List

  • SEA - Students for Environmental Awareness
  • Center for Creative Non-Cooperation
  • Women and Leadership Conferences,
  • Women and Spirituality Conferences,
  • WAFL - Women Adventuring the Frontiers of Life,
  • KMSU/KMSK - The Maverick Radio Network
  • The Mankato State Reporter
  • International Business Studies in Egypt
  • College was one of the best times of my life. I made many friends there, some of which I am still in touch with today. I learned, I experienced, I experimented and I grew as a person. Despite the overwhelming debt I accumulated and still owe, I consider my college years some of the best times of my life and I would go back to university in a heartbeat.

  • Interests &

    I enjoy spending my free time on social media sites like twitter & facebook, watching scifi/fantasy tv shows & movies, reading books, researching subjects of interest, writing poetry and songs, singing (especially karaoke) and doing family genealogy. When I can afford it, I love world travel, especially to ancient archaeological sites, to see amazing architecture/art and to visit amusement parks, like Six Flags and Disneyland. I keep myself amped up by drinking Yerba Maté and doing affirmations, visualization and EFT. I am a solver of problems and a seeker of truth.

    Personal Note: Any gaps in my resume were spent raising my daughter, looking for work & finding myself.

    Created by Jennie Astartiel Johnson