Right, I’ve summarized my past writing experience plus the support work I’ve done (goodness knows it’s a fantastic thing, helping others). But because this page is mine, and I want to brighten your day, there’s a kick-ass video at the start of this CV for your entertainment. So please: read the CV, reflect on the writing, and watch the video!
My Curriculum Vitae
MA Creative Writing, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom
October, 2007 – September, 2008
BA Highest Honours, Psychology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
September, 2001 – June, 2005
- Write online reviews for both literary events and newly released literature.
- Work within a team of writers, being flexible in availability and assignments.
- Work with editor to ensure readable, high-quality copy.
- Target my writing to connect with the reading audience.
- Generate and edit material independently.
- Connect and grow community through forums, blogs and twitter.
- Meet submission deadlines.
Freelance writing and editing 2008 – Present
- Lead editor and typesetter for the University of Southampton, MA creative writing 2008 anthology, Unwrapped, published through Torque Press, ISBN 9781906851033
- Typesetter for the University of Southampton, MA creative writing 2009 anthology, Losing the Plot, published through Torque Press, ISBN 9781906851033
- Contributor to September, 2011 Glow Magazine health section, “Body, Mind, and Spirit”
Copywriter, Awakening Potentials Inc., 2007- 2010
- Create content, newsletters, sale pages, and blogs for internet marketing.
- Focus on concise presentation of ideas, with appropriate and professional language.
- Continue learning through the observation and incorporation of others’ techniques.
- Contributed to the following pages: Landing Page, Coaching Page, Wake Up
Library Assistant, University of Southampton, November 2009 – June 2011
- Exchanged with the public daily; students and staff were first priority.
- Multi-tasked between front desk obligations, digitizing, cataloguing and general library duties.
- Maintained and referred to multiple databases; tracking work, recording archived material, and referencing outside databases such as the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA).
- Worked under strict time deadlines when digitizing course material for a new semester. This involved prioritizing requests from the teaching staff, addressing ‘last minute’ concerns, and providing updates on progress.
- Provided excellent customer service. Visitors to the library were treated with respect and made to feel welcome. Complaints were addressed calmly, and needs thoroughly understood before acted upon.
- Communicated professionally through writing, in-person exchanges, and on the phone with members of staff at all levels, students and public alike.
Learning Support Assistant, Ancillary Learning Service, University of Southampton, February 2007- June 2010
- Supported differently-abled students in their personal and scholarly needs at the university, for example: note taking, peer support, giving physical assistance, etc.
- Maintained confidentiality at all times.
- Wrote clear and concise notes despite lack of familiarity with the varying taught courses.
- Balanced personal relationships with a professional approach to support; responsibilities were adjusted according to the student’s specific needs.
- Employed an ability to think quickly and remain flexible in my work environment.
Administration and International Collection, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, October 2007- August 2007
- Worked as sole administrative assistant for the collections department of PWC, Southampton.
- Received, recorded and distributed post.
- Multi-tasked between general office duties (faxing, mail, etc.) and collection duties.
- Exchanged with staff at all levels including partners, managers, agents, and assistants.
- Maintained a positive and constructive relationship with PWCs agents around the world while collecting outstanding invoices from previous PWC collaborations.
- Worked under daily deadlines and pressure, adjusting priorities as required.
- Created an Excel database of administration & bankruptcy cases, making it possible to send huge amounts of written correspondence into storage.