Staff Accountant at Accounting Principals
Accounting | Greater Chicago Area, US
My professional experience is varied and interesting. Back in the 20th century, I was working in assistant manager roles in the food service industry (with companies such as Ben & Jerry's, Starbucks, and local food chains). During college, I was a computer lab monitor and assisted students with design programs such as Photoshop, as well as supervising the lab usage at night at a downtown college (SAIC).
21st century experience includes working at several downtown Chicago offices such as Capps Digital/Leo Burnett as a production support digital artist; meaning that I scanned in a variety of ad hoc artforms, be it the more polished photograph or slide, or a sketch on a napkin. Communication with many different designers and artists was key to deliver high quality digital files of artwork for placement in last minute proposals as well as finalized proofs. Other duties included photo retouching and a lot of color corrections using Photoshop.
After working there for 3 years, I had to leave due to downsizing in 2003. I found work at Mintel which consisted of scanning documents in a quota and deadline based system. This involved managing many images and working with an image database as part of a fairly large team. Other skills included technical writing: summarizing direct mail offers in several different sectors (mortgage, insurance, credit card) and recording figures such as rates and percentages in the Comperemedia database.
At Synovate, Inc. I was an A/R specialist in charge of applying incoming payments, managing the invoice number system, balancing month end agings, and writing collections letters. Other duties included sending boxes to storage which include journal entries, cash receipts, invoices, and other financial documents. At this position I gained a lot of valuable experience in accounting and finance as well as developing leadership qualities in my 6 years there.