Paul Ciano

ACCOMPLISHED IT EXPERT

10-Plus Years of Efficiently Providing Advanced, Technical Expertise & Customer Support, with Vast Experience in Product Installation, Troubleshooting, & Training for IT-Based Systems

TECHNICAL SKILLS
Novice: PHP; SQL; Trac; Apple iWork; Google Forms; LibreOffice; SAP Crystal Reports; SigmaPlot; ImageJ; Endnote; OmniGraffle; Microsoft Access, SQL Server Management Studio, Windows 8; Visual Basic 6.0, 2005; C++

Intermediate: CSS; JavaScript; Git; GitHub; Linux Ubuntu; VirtualBox; Apple Configurator, iLife; Google Sheets, Slides; Zendesk; SPSS; Microsoft Excel

Expert: HTML; WordPress; Apple macOS, iOS, Macintosh, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, iPad Mini; Google Gmail, Docs, Calendar, Android, Android devices; Microsoft Windows (XP, Vista, 7), Windows PC, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Automattic | San Francisco, CA
2013 – Present
Happiness Ninja
  • Support users of Jetpack, VaultPress, Akismet, WooCommerce,WordPress.com
  • Address manifold issues, e.g., backups/restores, spam, payment gateway plugin setup, domain and DNS configuration, theme customizations, CSS requests, imports and exports, account recovery, refunds
  • Identify, troubleshoot, and report bugs (GitHub, Trac)
  • Work with third-party developers; document procedures and workflows; plan and execute projects
  • Monitor to guarantee users’ requests are attended to within a reasonable time period and in an appropriate manner; follow up to ensure an equitable resolution for all parties; expedite assistance for priority requests
  • Community building via Blogging University program and support work in the WordPress.org and WordPress.com forums
  • Buddying and mentorship of new coworkers and peers on support rotations
paulciano.org | Suffolk, NY
2013 – Present
Freelancer
  • Provide technical support and consultation geared towards consumers and small businesses
  • Creation of tips, how-to articles, and explainers about complex topics that are clear and easy to understand, even to laypeople
  • Emphasis on macOS, iOS, Unix/Linux, WordPress, productivity, and privacy/security
RSVP Community Computer Connections Program | Smithtown, NY
2012 – 2013
Refurbisher / Installer
  • Pro bono work aimed at providing free of charge, refurbished computers to senior citizens and financially challenged individuals/families on Long Island
  • Hardware inspection to ensure refurbished units meet program specifications; replacement of dysfunctional system components with working, refurbished parts
  • Secure wipe of hard drive disk and clean installation of Windows 7; operating system updates and hardening
  • Installation of suite of essential, educational freeware applications
  • Delivery and installation of, and training for, provided equipment
TechEdified | Suffolk, NY
2010 – 2013
IT Support / Consultant / Webmaster
  • Offer comprehensive suite of IT services, including Malware Removal, PC Tune-up, Data Transfer, PC Setup, Network Configuration, Operating System installation, and Hardware/Software installs
  • Advise, purchase, and setup standard PC/Mac/iOS/Android systems; implement, configure, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair associated HW/SW; dispose of computing equipment that has become obsolete or unusable
  • Apply standard principles, concepts, and techniques; resolve diverse range of complex computer/network problems
  • Create standard desktop images for PCs/Macs
  • Provide training, as well as translate technical terminology into understandable terms and documentation, that assists the end user community to utilize technology to improve the quality of their lives
Suffolk County Department of Social Services (Medicaid) | Ronkonkoma, NY
2009 – 2012
Social Services Examiner I
  • Determine eligibility for Chronic Care Medicaid using a variety of factors based on New York State regulations; extensive use of keen analytical skills with a great attention to detail
  • Voluminous telephone contact with the public to obtain required information for determining eligibility; frequent translation of obscure jargon to layperson’s terms that clients can easily understand
  • Execute required changes to establish appropriate client coverage type and ensure proper payments are received
Rutgers University | Piscataway, NJ
2007 – 2009
Graduate Student / Research Assistant / Teaching Assistant
  • Histological techniques, including immunohistochemistry and double-labeling procedures
  • Perform and evaluate various surgical techniques; behavioral conditioning paradigm implementation
  • Design experimental assays; collect, organize, synthesize and analyze data; summarize findings
  • Develop training programs, presentations and awareness campaigns for appropriate lab protocols; analyze, develop, and maintain reports using standard tools
Best Buy – Geek Squad | Patchogue, NY
2006 – 2007
Computer Technician
  • Evaluate customers’ technical needs; recommend and install appropriate hardware/software upgrades; troubleshoot and coordinate the resolution of software and hardware issues with appropriate vendor or designated support personnel
  • Manage virus/spyware removal, system optimizations, OS installations/restores; provide consistent and accurate solutions to technical problems that could be developed by following Department standards
  • Provide Help Desk line support for customers; work with users and assist them in fixing complex computer problems, while empowering them to educate themselves on common technology solutions
  • Setup and customize new PCs; oversee installation of optical drives, hard drives, RAM, network cards, etc.; provide support for mobile device technology by solving common support solutions
  • Build effective, working relationships with fellow coworkers
Suffolk County Department of Social Services (Collections) | Ronkonkoma, NY
2002 – 2007
Clerk Typist
  • Oversee acceptance, processing, posting and filing of new client claims; manage client change of address postings
  • Verify client checks, subsequently assemble and post cash and check logs
St. John’s University | Jamaica, NY
2005
Research Assistant
  • Prioritize and perform cataloging and collection management activities for various experimental samples
  • Developed skills in the application of a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies
  • Worked with large scale quantitative data sets, live experiments and a variety of other methods useful to help insight-driven user research scale to meet the needs of large populations of users
  • Extensive and efficient utilization of SPSS statistical program
SUNY, University at Albany | Albany, NY
2003
Research Assistant
EDUCATION
St. John’s University | Jamaica, NY
Master of Arts in Experimental Psychology
St. Joseph’s College | Patchogue, NY
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Computer Science, Cum Laude
Relevant Coursework: Advanced Techniques for the Analysis of Behavioral Data; Multivariate Design & Analysis for Psychology Research; Statistical Design in Research; Computer Organization / Assembly Language; Algorithms and Data Structures; Mathematical Foundations of Comp. Sci.; Object Oriented Programming
CERTIFICATIONS
CompTIA Security+ CompTIA Network+ CompTIA A+
HONORS & AWARDS
Excellence Fellowship, Rutgers University (2007) – Departmental Honors, Psychology, St. Joseph’s College (2004) – First Place Senior Thesis Poster Competition (2004) – National Science Foundation REU Fellowship (2003) – St. Joseph’s College Dean’s List (2001-2004) – St. Joseph’s College Scholastic Achievement Award (2000-2004)

 

A PDF version of my resume can be downloaded here.