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  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsMaker - Administrator - Textile Designer

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About me

Hello, my name is Imogen Bunyard, I'm a 23 year old Rare Book Valuer looking for my next adventure. Last Summer I graduated form Cardiff Metropolitan University with a 2:1 on the BA (hons) Artists Designer: Maker. This degree saw me undertaking a vast array of material processes with an emphasis on new technologies, my preferred forms of communication are through quilting and bronze casting, with a heavy emphasis on traditional craft skill and how it can be interpreted in the modern world. Although I am not currently a practising artists or designer I still think of myself as a creative person and my role as a Rare Book Valuer at World of Rare Books helps to keep me learning and evolving within a unique sphere. My position as Rare Book Valuer sees me being responsible for the accurate valuation of books that do not have an ISBN number. Books are valued based on the comparison of title, author and publisher and then finalised by condition of the book, i.e: tanning, dust jackets, water damage etc. When a valuation has been reached I then attach that information to an ASIN so that the logger can successfully log the book to be sold, with as much information as possible present to perspective customers. I work very hard to reach the target of 60 Values per hour, which I can happily report I have exceeded multiple times and enjoy the challenge of a target based role, Although I am very motivated in my current role at WORB I am actively looking for a new career. Working as a Valuer I have learnt an immeasurable amount about rare books and I find it incredibly fascinating but think that it would be invaluable for me to try and convert these skills into another context. I have caught the valuing bug and would seek out any opportunity that can see me building on my unique and solid foundation as a valuer into a creative career path. Every day I have the opportunity to learn more and I think under the umbrella of a progressive and forward thinking company I could do just that.

Skills

  • Valuation
  • Administraion
  • Oral/written Communication
  • Telephone Skills
  • Time Efficient
  • Negotiating Persuading
  • Complexity/problem Solving
  • Relationship Development
  • Creative Leadership
  • Self Confidence

Work history

Currently

Rare Book Valuer

World of Rare Books

Apr 2017
  • Goring-by-Sea, Worthing, UK
  • Full Time
  • • Since April 2017 I have held the position as a Valuer of rare books, meaning that I value pre 1970 books that do not have an ISBN number. • Valuations are based on the comparison of title, date, publisher and most importantly condition. • Valuing is aided by a computer algorithm that correctly displays inventory and stock levels, which must to be adhered to whilst valuing. • Pre-sorting stock that is not worth valuing due to it being of poor condition or known to be of low value or common stock. • Accurately valuing stock and creating an ASIN where possible, insuring the inventory is of high quality and the customers are satisfied with their purchase. • Providing all correct and explanatory data, allowing for the book to be logged on various platforms and sold online. • Correctly manually lifting totes of books and sorting stock into the correct wholesale department if it is undervalued. • Achieving a valued per hour rate of 60 books, ensuring stock does not build up. • Positively contributing to my own and others health and safety in regard to the rules of the company buildings and warehouses.

2016

International Volunteer

Pravah ICS

Sep 2016 - Dec 2016
  • India
  • Internship
  • • Living and working in a rural village community for 3 Months (September 2016-December2016) • Mobilising the community to be more aware and more active in the local government system. • Rebuilding and improving the village Anganwadi (Government run preschool). • Cultivating twice weekly sustainable women and youth meetings. • Mentoring and identifying key stakeholders in the community. • Organising and running two large Community Action Days. • Weekly/Monthly reports to partner NGO, blogging on work being carried out by team. • Surveying and data collection of community. • Comprehensive handover report for following batch of volunteers.

2017

Footwear Specialist

New Look

Jun 2016 - Mar 2017
  • Worthing, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • • Took up the position of footwear specialist from December 2016. • Daily unpacking and sorting of the footwear delivery. • Replenishing and arranging stock on the shop floor, paying close attention to keeping best sellers in key line of sight areas of the department. • Running and maintaining the two footwear stock room, keeping it organised to minimise stock loss or damages. • Overseeing the marking down and moving of products and fixtures when a sale or promotion is launched. • Serving customer at the till points, performing returns, exchanges and gift card functions. • Fitting room and restocking shop floor and help with customer enquiries. • Marking down sale items and tidying shop floor.

2015

Sales Consultant

New Look

Jul 2015 - Sep 2015
  • Worthing, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • • Sales Assistant from July 2015 till September 2015. • Serving customer at the till points, performing returns, exchanges and gift card functions. • Fitting room and restocking shop floor and help with customer enquiries. • Marking down sale items

2015

Customer Services Representative

The Co-Operative

Dec 2014 - Jan 2015
  • Durrington, Salisbury SP4, UK
  • Full Time
  • • Service assistant from December 2014 till January 2015. • Serving customers and overseeing the use and sale of petrol, following the correct health and safety procedures. • Restacked shelves and helped to clear new deliveries coming into the store. • Food reductions

2014

Waitress

The Swallows Return

Jun 2014 - Sep 2014
  • Goring-by-Sea, Worthing, UK
  • Full Time
  • • Waitress from June 2014 – September 2014 • Taking orders, serving food and drinks, closing down the restaurant at shift end, cashing up. • Bar work, barista coffee making, restocking the bar and changing the barrel

2013

Head Customer Service Representitive

Dominos Pizza

Jun 2011 - Sep 2013
  • Goring-by-Sea, Worthing, UK
  • Full Time
  • • Head CSR at domino’s pizza from Summer 2011 till Christmas 2013 • Taking orders both in store and over the telephone, took cash and card payments and dealing with complaints and refunds. • Coordinated with other CSR staff to make a smooth running shift. Trained new staff how to appropriately serve customers and how to work the computerized system. • Prepared food and worked on the make line of the store

2010

Volunteer

Cancer Research UK

Jan 2009 - Dec 2010
  • Worthing, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • • Voluntary sales assistant for two years (2009-2010). • Communication with customers, till and card machine skills • Trained new volunteers, replenishing the stock and window dressing.

Education

2016

BA (Hons) Artist Designer: Maker

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Sep 2013 - Jun 2016
  • Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • 2:1

2013

UAL Foundation in Art and Design

Northbrook College

Sep 2012 - Jun 2013
  • Goring-by-Sea, Worthing, UK
  • Distinction

2012

A Level

Varndean College

Sep 2010 - Jun 2012
  • Brighton, United Kingdom
  • A Levels: A* Textiles, A 3D Design A Levels: Philosophy, Archaeology, Life Drawing

2010

GCSE

Davison C of E High School for Girls

Sep 2006 - Jun 2010
  • Worthing, United Kingdom
  • A: Textiles, English lit, Performing arts, Religious Studies B: Graphics, English Language C: Science, Maths D: French