CV - Karen Louise Davies
Present Location: West Yorkshire/Remote Based
My three major interests are Literature, Technology, and Design, and throughout my career, I have been fortunate to explore all of these disciplines in-depth. I am a fully trained Copywriter, Technical Author, Web Content Manger and Proofreader, with 15+ years experience.
These roles have involved the creation of web content, articles, short stories, workbooks, technical documents, blogs and Tweets for a wide-range of clients across the UK, US and Worldwide. The subject matter I cover is varied – from Social Networking and Marketing, through to individual brand and product reviews. I also assist in the writing of personal biographies and music, TV and film reviews.
Working on a freelance/contract basis provided me with an comprehensive understanding of web development and design technologies, along with excellent SEO, Marketing and Advertising skills, all of which I can transfer into future roles.
Ghostwriter, Creative Writer, Web Content Creator and Team Leader (Freelance) - Nov 09 - Present
I currently hold the position of Ghostwriter, Creative Writer Web Content Creator and Team Leader – primarily working for a UK-based writing agency. This involves the creation of web content, articles, short stories, workbooks, technical documents, blogs and Tweets for a wide-range of clients across the UK, US and Worldwide. The subject matter I cover is varied – from Social Networking and Marketing, through to individual brand and product reviews. I also assist in the writing of personal biographies and music, TV and film reviews.
Technical Author – (The Media Buzz/Wamey Plc) - Mar 09 - Nov 09
Here I worked as the Technical Author for a communications company, heading up the Documentation Team. In this role, I was responsible for the production of all literature for new products, including internal and external user guides, HTML support documents, and the QA of all literature produced by the Marketing Team. This role also involved an element of research on market trends and technologies used in the Educational, Communications and Social Networking sectors.
Web Design/Development, Content Creator, Creative Writer - (Freelance) - Jun 07 - Mar 09
In this role, I developed and designed websites for small businesses in the West Yorkshire region. This position allowed me to build on my online editing skills, whilst also exploring new SEO, Marketing and Advertising methods. This role incorporated a strong design element, including the production of logos, advertisements, banners and other literature for clients. An example of a recent site design can be viewed on the following link: http://www.rooms-by-design.co.uk
Equifax Plc – Technical Author & Data Analyst– Nov 97 – Jun 07
During my time at Equifax I progressed within the company to a fully trained Technical Author and Data Analyst. Skills obtained here include the creation and design of online system procedures/manuals, and the production of monthly KPI presentations for management. This role also involved the training of new staff on company procedures. In the Data Analyst role, I was responsible for maintaining the quality of incoming data files, and the resolution of data format issues, using IBM OS/390 mainframe, JCL, UNIX, FTP and Tivoli Work Scheduler.
Please find below a summary of my key skills:
MS Word/PowerPoint/Excel/Access (v. 97 – 2007) - Advanced (10+ years)
MS Publisher/FrontPage/Outlook 2007 - Advanced (4 years)
Web Content Management - Advanced (14+ years)
Proofreading - Advanced (14+ years)
Product Reviewing/Marketing - Advanced (14+ years)
QWS Content Management System - Advanced (14+ years)
Social Networking/Profile Building - Advanced (8+ years)
Open Office 3.0 Writer/Base/Calc/Draw – Advanced (5 years)
Wordpress – Intermediate (3 years)
Drupal – Intermediate (3 years)
Mainframe OS390/JCL/OPC - Advanced (10+ years)
Media Management System - Advanced (9+ years)
Unix/TWS/vi Scripting- Intermediate - (5+ years)
Online Image Creation (Banners/Advertisements/Web) – Advanced (6 years)
Marketing/Advertising/SEO – Advanced (6 years)
Google Analytics/AdWords - Advanced (4 years)
Adobe CS3 Dreamweaver/Flash/Fireworks - Advanced (4+ years)
Adobe CS3-CS4 PhotoShop - Advanced (4+ years)
OSCommerce - Advanced (5+ years)
Serif Photo/Web Plus - Advanced (5+ years)
Joomla - Intermediate (2 years)
Apache/Oracle/SQL- Intermediate (4 years)
In my spare time, I have a keen interest in writing, music, films, TV, literature, history, technology and photography. I also enjoy a number of activities, including jewellery design, a hobby I have had for many years, socialising, sports and reading, I like to keep up-to-date with web technologies, including blogging, forums and social networking. In the near future I would also like to learn to play the guitar, and learn a new language (Italian).