Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Simply Snowflakes

I'm getting my groove back. Last night I designed this simple card for a design challenge. I know it's nothing fancy but there is something to be said about simplicity. And isn't this little girl the cutest?! I'll be doing up some more for this contest so stay tuned and I'll let ya know when voting starts. ;)

Friday, May 22, 2009


I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I have officially finished the CAD program at ITT-Tech. I now have an Associates of Science in Computer Drafting and Design to hang on the wall. As I have been shelling out resumes the last few weeks my hopes have been up and down. One week there are a bunch of jobs posted, the next week nothing. I did a bunch of follow up calls today and half the companies have put their hiring on hold. On hold! Not what I want to hear. When is the economy going to get better. Give it a booster shot and lets move on people. Seriously, this girl needs a career. Not, a boring, mundane job that I have. A CAREER! In my desperate attempt to get my foot in the door I am going to post my resume here in hopes that someone will see it and say "O she will be great for this position." And yes I know this isn't the most professional prelude/cover letter to my resume. But maybe someone will see that I've got spunk. I've got determination. I've got a desire to join a company that I can utilize my skills and my creative mind to benefit both the company and myself.

Amanda L. Register
P.O. BOX 77373?Jacksonville, FL 32218
(904) 579-6194


To obtain a position in the field of Computer Drafting and Design where I can utilize my knowledge, creativity, and dedication to benefit my employer as well as myself.


Associates of Science in Computer Drafting and Design; ITT-Technical Institute
9/2007- 6/2009 Jacksonville, FL 3.84 GPA

Associates of Arts in Fine Arts; Florida Community College of Jacksonville
2003-2007 Jacksonville, FL


* AutoCAD 2008
* AutoCAD Architecture 2008
* AutoCAD Civil 2008
* AutoDesk VIZ 2008
* AutoDesk Inventor
* Adobe Photoshop CS3
* Macromedia Fireworks
* Macromedia Dreamweaver
* Adobe Acrobat
* Microsoft Office 2007
* Quickbooks

* Customer Service
* Oral Communication
* Written Communication
* Quick Learner
* Very Organized
* Type 45 WPM
* Self-motivated
* Multi-tasker
* Dedicated
* Creative

Equipment Control Clerk 1/2008-Current
Boasso America Corp. Jacksonville, FL
* Check-in and check-out intermodal tank containers.
* Oversee the progress of each tank while it is in the depot.
* Process billing for the tank department.

Customer Service Representative 11/2007-1/2008
Football Fanatics Jacksonville, FL
* Assisted customers in call center environment.
* Handled emails and inquiries.
* Processed returns and exchanges.

Administrative Assistant 5/2007-9/2007
Air-Max Heating & Cooling, Inc. Orange Park, FL
* Provided support for the sales team.
* Answered multi-line telephone.
* Typed proposals.
* Created job folders and entered them into database.
* Made appointments for the sales and service department.
* Kept track of recall information.
* Pulled permits and scheduled inspections.
* Put together Submittals and O&M Manuals.

Service Reservationist 2/2003-11/2006
Mike Shad Ford at the Avenues Jacksonville, FL
* Started in this company as a receptionist, managing the switchboard.
* Ran daily reports using Compass as well as managed fuel receipts and supplies for salesmen.
* I was then promoted to Service Reservations in the Business Development Center.
* Made appointments for automotive service department from inbound and outbound calls.
* Printed daily reports for service advisors and managers using Reynolds and Reynolds and ADP.
* Kept track of reports such as Additional Service Request and Technician Daily Hours.
* Created the First Appointment process to increase amount of retained customers.
* Created new forms as well as redesigned forms to increase organization.
* Reached the goal of a MTD Average of 60 appointments every month.
* Employee of the Month, April 2006.

* National Technical Honor Society Member
* CDD Student Club Vice President
* Participated in Gallery Shows on the South and Kent Campus of FCCJ
* Freelance under An Occasional Design doing graphic design projects such as invitations, logos and stationery.
* Write a design blog under An Occasional Design.
* Photography and personal arts and crafts projects.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Personal Statement

I have spent the last several hours trying to write my personal statement to be placed in my portfolio. At first I couldn't find the words. Words never come easy to be. "This is impossible," I thought to myself. Then I remembered the quote from Walt Disney and the words came flying out of my fingertips, so to speak. So I wanted to share it with you and get your honest opinions before it hits the printer. So here it is.....

I have always been inspired by the arts and the creativity and stories that lie within them. However, I used to not think that I could make something as remarkable as, well let’s say, Walt Disney. I would say, “That’s impossible.” Walt Disney once said “It’s kinda fun to do the impossible.” I first saw this quote in high school and it has stuck with me ever since and inspired my career path.

Though I have never exactly wanted to become an animator or film producer, I have always known that my life’s work would be one with a creative twist. As a young girl, my grandmother encouraged me to do arts and crafts. I dreamed of becoming many things “when I got older,” such as a photographer, graphic artist and architect. I knew that I was meant to be an artist and use my creative mind for to stimulate someone else, whether it was their eyes or mind.

In high school I had two teachers that made a difference in my life. Mr. Albertson was my photography teacher. In his class, I was first introduced to graphic design and the amazing things you could do in Photoshop. That is when I decided to pursue a career as a graphic artist. After high school, I obtained an Associates of Arts in Fine Arts. I was on my way to getting a Bachelors of Science in Graphic Design when I took a moment to reflect on where I really wanted to go and what the job market was like.

That is when I remembered Mr. Callahan. Mr. Callahan was my drafting teacher. In his class I learned the basics of drafting by hand and designed a two story house that I call my “dream house.” At the time I didn’t consider drafting as a career but I did think that it was interesting and I really enjoyed the detailed work. As my education came to a crossroads I inevitably chose to embark on a journey to an Associates of Arts in Computer Drafting and Design at ITT-Technical Institute.

Over the last two years at ITT-Technical Institute I have learned a multitude of objectives that will help me in the industry of Drafting and Design. I have become very familiar with AutoCAD 2008 and AutoCAD Architecture 2008. I have also become fairly proficient with other programs such as AutoDesk Inventor and VIZ. In addition to the programs I have also learned the standards of architectural, mechanical and civil drafting and designing. Not only have I honed my technical skills I have also expanded on my personal skills and I have grown as a professional individual.

Although I am dedicated to my career path as a drafter and designer I have not forgotten my roots. I have found a happy medium for graphic design in my spare time as a hobby and creative outlet. I also find that it keeps me grounded in my creative style and allows me to keep a fresh outlook on my work and life. With all my experience I now consider myself an artist. A Designer, to be exact. If you would have told me 10 years ago that I would be where I am now. I would have said “impossible.” Like Walt Disney said, “It’s kinda fun to do the impossible.”