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Sales Associate, Research Writer, Researcher, Teacher, Communicator

Springfield, MO
open to discussion
February 23, 2020

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**** * **** **., *** B***, Springfield, MO 65803 • 605-***-****

Dear hiring committee,

I am excited to apply for the position of Research Assistant with The Brookings Institution. As a recent graduate with both a Master’s Degree in Global Studies and a graduate certificate in Homeland Security, I can bring a wide range of skills to the table. My independent study focused on how states may capitalize on natural resource endowments, such as oil and diamonds, and still avoid the crippling effects related to the resource curse through effective policies and institutions. Other multifaceted course work and research included comparing the root causes of state collapse, a thorough analysis of all 16 critical infrastructure sectors of the Department of Homeland Security, and multiple papers in cyber security and biological terrorism. All of this builds on my Bachelors of Arts degree, majoring in Biology. Between an understanding of the science behind the modern world, and the means by which it is governed, I can provide a unique set of skills and tools.

Beyond my coursework, my professional career has taught me a great deal as well. Working in jewelry sales requires collaboration, individual work, and personal accountability. Customers have options as to where they may shop, and thus must be convinced of the trustworthiness and value of our store, as well as products and services offered, often in a quick manner. Building relationships is a critical cornerstone to achieve this goal, as well as knowledge of products, trends, and attention to individual customers’ concerns. I also have teaching experience from substitute teaching, often for days at a time in the same subject.

My personal life has found me more active and engaged in my community. I recently joined the Freemasons to become more involved in charity. Within my first three months, I helped organize and spearhead a blood drive, with other lodges quickly following suit. I also volunteer at least one week a year at a church camp.

Thank you for your consideration for this position,

Andy Johnson


2020 E Kerr St., Apt B310, Springfield, MO 65803 • 605-***-****


Master of Science in Global Studies May 2019

Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri

Homeland Security Graduate Certificate

Certificate of Achievement from FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute in IS-00100.c, IS-00525, IS-00800.b

Winner of Best Position Paper and Honorable Mention for Best Delegate – Midwest Model United Nations, 2019

Bachelor of Arts in Biology 2013

Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Recipient of the Distinguished Scholars Award and Pro Musica Scholarship

Participant of Honors Chemistry


Sales Associate 2017 – Present

Helzberg Diamonds, Springfield, MO

The primary role in this position is to find the jewelry needs and wants of customers. This required flexibility between different customers’ interests, an ability to work alone or in a team, relevant product and service knowledge, and a “thinking on your feet” problems solving ability, all through strong written and verbal communication.

Substitute Teacher 2016 – 2017

Sioux Fall School District, Sioux Falls, SD 2020 - Present

My primary duties consisted mainly following varying instructions from the regular teacher for their needs and wants of the students. From teaching math one day, to leading band another, the position required flexibility, control of oneself, providing mentorship, and quick communication.

Medical Laboratory Technologist 2015 - 2016

Avera Institute for Human Genetics, Sioux Falls, SD

In this position I used PCR and gel electrophoresis to determine patients pharmacogenomic response to certain opioids and psychoactive medication families, performed data processing and entry on MediTech, remained current on relevant literature, maintained laboratory machinery, and managed reagent stocks and logs.

In Vitro Fertilization Laboratory Technician 2014 – 2015

TransOva Genetics, Sioux Center, IA

My primary duties included micro-pipetting to search for bovine oocytes from genetically elite livestock, embryo stripping, cell grading, fertilization and synthetic ovarian fluid plate preparation, preparing holding media syringes, and data entry on Microsoft CRM. The position required both independent initiative and a strong degree of teamwork.


2020 E Kerr St., Apt B310, Springfield, MO 65803 • 605-***-****


Undergraduate Research Assistant 2012 – 2013

Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD

Under the mentorship of Seasson Vitiello, Ph.D, I contributed to a project that studied the genetic interactors within a Saccharomyces cerevisiae model of Cystinosis. I was tasked with maintaining and splitting a cell line, creating recombinant cell lines, and maintaining a genomic library. The data I gathered was later presented on a poster at the Augustana College Symposium, and was ultimately used in a published journal article.

Chemistry Lab Assistant 2010 – 2011

Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD

As a lab assistant, my duties included helping students during their weekly teaching lab and answering student questions. Outside of scheduled lab hours, I prepared and restocked the materials required for each lab and participated in grading reports. This work was conducted independently and in small teams.


Participant, 58th Annual Midwest Model United Nations Conference 2018

Saint Louis, MO

Master Mason, Gate of The Temple #422 2018

Blood Drive Organizer

Member, Supervisory Committee, Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union 2016 – 2017

Sioux Falls, SD

Blood Donor 2007 – Present

Sioux Falls, SD and Springfield, MO

Trumpet Player, Pep Band 2009-2013

Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD

Leader, New Student Orientation 2010 – 2011

Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD

Counselor, Minniboji Camp 2008 – Present

Okoboji, IA


2020 E Kerr St., Apt B310, Springfield, MO 65803 • 605-***-****


Dr. David Romano

Faculty, Political Science, Missouri State University

Strong Hall 313, Springfield MO 65897


Dr. Ashley Leinweber

Faculty, Political Science, Missouri State University

Strong Hall 327, Springfield MO 65897


Jeremiah Sickles

Store Manager, Helzberg Diamonds

2825 S Glenstone Ave, S6B, Springfield MO 65804


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