Job Title: Small Business Owner
Type of Company: My company does business and resume writing.
Education: BA, Sociology, Brandeis University
Previous Experience: Self-employed business writer. Previously worked for a management consulting company writing business case studies. Before that worked for an investment research company writing and editing research reports.
Job Tasks: I provide writing and editing support for individuals, businesses, and non-profit organization.
In working with individuals on their resumes, I typically spend time with my clients in person, interviewing them about their accomplishments and their new job objectives. Based on these interviews, I develop a targeted resume which highlights my client's unique contributions to their previous employers and the benefits of those contributions. The resume I create is more of a marketing document than a historical record of my client's work history.
I provide a wide range of writing and editing services for businesses and non-profit organizations. I've created everything from press releases to sales letters to ad copy and speeches.
My biggest and oldest client is a major bridal magazine. I write articles for every issue of this magazine and edit the entire issue before it goes to print. For each issue I will typically be assigned a number of stories in categories which reflect what every bride needs to know when planning her wedding. There will typically be articles on reception sites, photography or videography, wedding fashion, flowers, transportation and entertainment in every issue. I will contact providers of these services and ask questions which reveal current trends in these areas as well as wedding-planning tips. As women are always getting married, there is always a new audience for this information.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is the flexibility I have to work when I want and on what I want. I don't have to answer to any boss but myself. If I want to work in my pajamas, I can do so. If I want to work at 1:00 AM, I can do that as well.
The worst part of my job is that it's so variable. I may have too much work one week, but not enough the next. If I want to get more work I have to go out and find it, which is not a particular strength of mine.
Job Tips: Everyone needs to learn how to write, no matter what job he does. I firmly believe that you need to practice writing and re-writing throughout your academic career. It's the only way to develop the ability to communicate for which people may pay you in the future.
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