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Sheryl Coonan

Freelance Article Writer & Copywriter

Location:Royal Oak, Michigan, United States
2 Skills
Sheryl M. Coonan 248-343-9123 •

Versatile and knowledgeable communications, HR and recruiting professional with significant experience in social networking, interviewing, sourcing, researching, internal and external communications, editing and fact checking

Central Michigan University
Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Marketing

Wayne State University
Master of Arts in Communications

Educational Data Systems, Inc., Dearborn, Michigan
Human Resources Consultant, March 2008 – present
o Compose and edit website and intranet content
o Maintain company-wide social networking initiatives (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook)
o Recruit and interview potential job candidates, conduct background and reference checks, source for candidates and screen resumes
o Certified as Predictive Index Consultant and Trainer (conducted staff training)
o Coordinate company medical, dental, vision and 401k processes (400+ employees)

Global Forex Trading, Ada, Michigan
Marketing/Communications Specialist, September 2007 – March 2008
o Wrote content for company websites, advertisements, online banners and newsletters
o Created press releases and other public relations-related media
o Interacted with team members to develop and manage content and graphics
o Generated creative concepts and edited all content

Communication Associates, Troy, Michigan
Senior Copywriter/PR Professional, May 2006 – September 2007
o Handled public relations and content writing, including business proposals, brochures, press releases, advertisements, direct mailers, websites, memorandums, newsletters, magazine articles and commercials
o Conducted extensive research, proofreading and fact checking on a daily basis
o Developed advertising concepts and strategies to see projects through from start to finish

Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Novi, Michigan
News Reporter, August 2005 – May 2006
o Developed news stories utilizing Associated Press Style of writing regarding the practice of law
o Generated story ideas and sources
o Edited paper prior to publication
o Interviewed attorneys, judges and subject matter experts

Us Weekly Magazine, New York, New York
Intern, September 2002 – December 2002
o Responsible for assisting with story research, fact-checking, writing and editing
o Conducted interviews and celebrity polls
o Attended fashion events as needed
o Produced daily and weekly compilations of entertainment news for staff members
o Received outstanding reviews from supervisors

Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Fireworks, Quark XPress, Photoshop, WordPress, Proficient in both Macintosh and PC

Great Lakes Capital Fund
Freelance Writer
o Wrote grant proposals and award applications, as well as articles for quarterly magazine

Accomplished Errands
o Provided media and public relations consulting services to personal shopping business

Building Bridges, Pontiac, MI
Act as mentor/advocate to student at Notre Dame Preparatory High School

Cornerstone Schools, Detroit, MI
Act as mentor to elementary and middle school students

Beach Wellness Initiative, Bay City, MI
Provide marketing and social media services to non-profit focused on shoreline maintenance
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Article Writing