Jon Perkins

Freelance Editor & Proofreader

Location:Edinburg, Texas, United States
2 Skills
Jon Perkins

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Bachelor of Arts, December 2012
Major: Political Science
Certificate: European Studies

Work Experience
Texas American Federation of Teachers (AFT) McAllen, TX
Organizer September 2013-Present
Successfully organized a first-ever local AFT affiliate in the Edinburg school district, run by the members.
Recruited over 100 school employees to join Edinburg AFT in one-on-one conversations at their school or home.
Obtained answers on grievance questions for members in a timely manner.
Identified hundreds of leaders among the membership.
Recruited 10 member leaders to become building representatives.
Work with member leaders to establish campus maps/employee lists and get their colleagues to join.
Train building representatives to be effective advocates for their campus membership.
Recruit members to serve on the Edinburg AFT Steering Committee and committees on Internal Communications and Issue Advocacy.
Marketing Communications: Create/distribute e-mails and flyers, make outbound calls, and persuade school employees in-person and via phone to attend membership meetings.
Facilitate committee meetings.
Edit quarterly internal newsletters.
Distribute Issue Advocacy surveys.
Follow up to make sure school employees complete the surveys, in order to determine their most pressing workplace issues.
Help plan meetings between the Steering Committee and district administration to resolve those issues.

Vorsight Arlington, VA Internet Researcher May-September 2013
Assisted with administration and sales prospecting, requiring me to call company switchboards to gather information.
Placed over 1,000 calls and determined which sales intelligence tools and CRM systems different companies use so that Vorsight’s clients could decide who to target for sales campaigns.
Performed CRM ( clean-up and appended records for contact entries.
Discovered direct lines for sales contacts and the best time of day to reach them.

American Association of Inside Sales Professionals Minneapolis, MN
Marketing Communications Intern January-May 2013
Created numerous press releases on various association announcements.
Designed and created various marketing collateral including educational articles and web site communications.
Edited and proofread website posts, marketing collateral, and campaign documents.

Merrill DataSite London, United Kingdom Marketing Intern September–December 2012
Wrote several first drafts of Sales guides and executive summaries of DataSite-hosted panel discussions.
Produced LinkedIn posts for social media support.
Compiled and analyzed proposals from event management companies as part of the selection process for DataSite events.
Investigated numerous conferences and trade events to determine appropriate level of sales sponsorship.
Organized Marketing collateral inventory in spreadsheet format, ensuring ample supply for event support.
Proofread and edited several webinar transcripts and “best practices” white papers.
Coordinated logistics for 10 trade show events in EMEA and APAC.
Researched digital marketing companies that would optimize DataSite’s landing page and e-marketing template designs.

Mark Dayton for a Better Minnesota St. Paul, MN
Political Outreach Intern June–August 2011
Contacted and encouraged past supporters of the Governor to maintain their support through volunteer work, attendance at fundraisers, and/or direct financial contributions.
Provided written background on various campaign fundraisers to the Governor.
Represented the campaign at the MN State Fair’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor party booth and advised constituents on how they could volunteer for the campaign.
Maintained up-to-date NGP and VAN database files on contributors.

University of Wisconsin Survey Center Madison, WI
Interviewer November 2011-May 2012
Placed over 800 calls and administered academic surveys, mostly health-related, to randomly selected participants via telephone.
Convinced participants that completing the study was in their best interest after initially hesitant.
Performed quality control on field survey files.

Wisconsin State Assembly Madison, WI Page/Messenger September 2011-May 2012
Relayed important legislative information and communications between offices.
Brought Assembly representatives requested items when Assembly was in session.

American Sign Language and German (proficient).
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