Professional History

I have included a separate page for my resume and added this page to give a more in-depth history of where I have been and what I am looking forward to professionally. My resume only covers a very short time frame.

As I mentioned in my About Me page, I have moved a lot since 2005 for my husband’s career. We have been in Alabama now since 2012 and we love it here! We have a daughter settled in the area and we will not be leaving here. This will be where we retire someday.

From the end of high school until 1997 I worked as a waitress or in retail, including a couple of management positions. During my freshman year at college, I also worked on campus in the administrative office in order to help cover school expenses that my waitress job didn’t cover.

When I was expecting my daughter, in 1997, I was told I could no longer be on my feet and if I was going to work I needed to find something that didn’t put her at risk or I would be in bed. This was when I found my 1st temporary assignment. I don’t remember the temp agency that hired me, but my first job was for MCI when it was a long distance company. I was hired to do data entry updating addresses for current customers.

After my daughter was born I decided I liked working in an office setting so I continued to do temp work for different offices and data entry companies. I have worked for many different businesses on short and long term assignments throughout the past 20 years. These positions have gained me experience in payroll, purchasing, accounts receivable/payable.

In May of 1998 I moved to Minnesota to be near family for a short time and worked as an Administrative Assistant at the newspaper. This gave me so many different opportunities to learn. So far, this has probably been my favorite job. The owner of the company also owned an internet company, advertising billboards in the area, a business supply store, and managed yellow page ads for the phone books. I assisted in all of these areas which really helped broaden my scope of experience. I loved the challenge this job brought to me.

In November 1999 I moved to Omaha in hopes to improve my finances as a single mom. As much as I liked being near family, I realized staying in the small farm community was never going to provide the finances I needed to support my children.

I was greatly blessed immediately with a temporary position at Quest Communications as they closed out the Small Business Unit preparing for the merger to Quest. They were impressed with my work and offered me a permanent position in their Correspondence/Return Mail department. I became full time in March 2000 when the temporary assignment ended. I was responsible for answering letters and disputes as well as tracking down addresses for customers who’s mail had been returned to us. I stayed with Quest, which is now Century Link, until June 2006 when my husband and I moved back to Minnesota for his career.

I would have stayed at Quest indefinitely had we not had to move. It was by far the easiest and highest paying position I have held. It provided an excellent income for a single mom with amazing benefits. My time at Quest allowed me to not only add experience to my professional history, but also build lasting friendships that I still have today.

In Minnesota I worked for Farley’s and Sather’s Candy Company in the routing division from July 2006-June 2007. I was responsible for scheduling drivers loads across the country. This was a small group and we had fun doing our jobs. Talking to people all over the country as well as the truck drivers was a fun part of the job as well.

The first day of my job at Farley’s and Sather’s my husband was laid off from his new job, the one we moved for. They had recently bought the company and decided to clean house and start over. We struggled to stay in Minnesota, again we loved being near family, but financially we just couldn’t make it in a small farm community. In July 2007 we moved back to Omaha where I worked at Pacific Life in the Annuities division. This was a challenging position and was difficult for me. I did enjoy the work and the people I worked with were amazing.

In June 2008 we moved to Fort Wayne, IN when my husband was offered a really good position with a company there. I did not hold any permanent positions while there. My husband traveled over 300 days/year and with the kids still young and in school, I was needed at home more. I also hated that we had moved so much and my resume was taking a hit for all of his career advancements. I did continue to work temporary jobs during our time in Fort Wayne which are all on my resume.

I would like to explain some of what I did between jobs while home with my children. In 2004 I was introduced to Direct Sales/MLM companies. I continued working with different companies until finally leaving the industry recently. I fell in love with the health and wellness industry and did fairly well. I also became a certified Fitness Trainer in 2011 which I maintained and trained until 2015.

In 2010 my husband and I started our Photography and Website business, GT Purdy Photography and websites, which we still have today, although it is now more of a hobby. The move from Ft Wayne, IN to Fairhope, AL was hard on all my businesses. All of my clients and customers were in Indiana and I just couldn’t build the clientele here in Fairhope like I had back in Indiana.

Shortly after moving to Fairhope I started a seasonal, part-time job at TJ Maxx. I worked there until December when I was offered a full-time position with a Verizon Retailer in Fairhope. I stayed there three months before I sat down with the manager and told him it wasn’t working out. I had been approached by a Realtor and I started studying for my license in Real Estate. Shortly after getting my license I started with Keller Williams. I had no idea how hard it was to get started in this industry especially when you aren’t from the area with roots set.  I found I was spending way too much money to be in business and I couldn’t afford to continue. As sad as it was, I had to give my license up a year later and do what was right for my family. It was not all a loss though, I did make some great friends and found some new photography clients as well.

As my resume states, I bring 20 years of combined office and customer service experience to any position I hold. I learn quickly and I never need to be babysat. Once I learn a job, I do it and I do it thoroughly. I am professional, easy to work with, and I can get along with most anyone. Because of my extensive background, I can step into almost any administrative or customer service roll and do what needs to be done to fill the needs of your company. I am loyal to those I work for and take my job seriously. I will give you 110% every day that I am there.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of my work history here or on my resume, please feel free to contact me. Thank you so much for your time and please let me know if I can be of assistance to you and your company.