John Packer

Freelance Writer & Copywriter

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Location:Toms River, New Jersey, United States
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/johnpacker
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Objective
Editor/Writer/Copy Editor/Copywriter position allowing for parlay of demonstrated writing, editing, design, customer service, communication, and project management skills to aid the company in producing quality products and create new niche publications for print, internet and other media.
Profile
Motivated, personable editorial professional with more than 20 twenty years management, writing, editing and production experience. Talent for quickly mastering technology – recently completed Web Design Specialist certificate course. Diplomatic and tactful with professionals and non-professionals at all levels. Accustomed to handling multiple assignments at one time.
Flexible and versatile — able to maintain a sense of humor under pressure. Poised and competent with demonstrated ability to easily transcend cultural differences. Thrive in deadline-driven environments. Excellent team-building skills.
Skills Summary
? Editing
? Writing
? Copywriting
? Layout and design ? Problem Solver
? Customer Service
? Scheduling
? Marketing & Sales ? Project Management
? General Office Skills
? Computer Savvy
? Professional Presentations
Professional Experience
WRITING AND EDITING
? Wrote and edited hard news and feature articles published in newspapers, magazines and on the interent in strict adherence to tight deadlines.
? Composed sales-generating copy for advertisements, brochures, direct mail letters, promotion videos and product catalogs.
? Created “Eight Wonders of the World” posters.
? Edited articles written by staffers and freelancers.
? Demonstrated copywriting and conceptualization skills.
? Rewrote material prepared by the subject matter experts and other contributors as necessary to improve clarity, readability, presentation and consistency.
? Wrote and edited articles published in Stars and Stripes
? Managed editorial department in absence of Editor.

SALES/MARKETING/CUSTOMER SERVICE
? Designed effective sales campaigns for customers through detailed customer needs analysis.
? Synthesized information from various sources into concise, comprehensible, audience-targeted package within strict deadlines.
? Served as the first point of contact for customer advertising inquiries.
? Placed ads in national magazines, including AARP.
? Composed sales-generating copy for advertisements, brochures, and direct mail letters and promotion videos.
? Wote ad, flyer and product catalog copy.
? Managed advertising department operations during the absence of Advertising Manager.

MANAGEMENT & ORGANIZATION
? Oversaw production of two weekly newspapers and one monthly with a combined circulation of more than 72,000 and coordinated the efforts of the advertising, editorial and production departments in preparing the newspapers for printing within deadline.
? Managed 100 personnel, including five supervisors in a fast-paced retail distribution operation.
? Developed several employees into supervisory positions.
? Established merchandise locator and tracking system.
? Reduced error rate from 12% to 5%.
? Assigned stories to interns, stringers and staff writers.
? Mentored local high school students in the Design an Ad Program, wherein the students partnered with a local merchant and designed an ad for the merchant, which appeared in the local newspaper.
? Conducted writers’ workshops for local writers’ group.

Military

? Wrote and edited hard news, human interest, how-to and feature articles for Army newspapers, including Stars and Stripes, and other publications.
? Developed ideas for news articles.
? Scripted radio and TV spots, and promotional videos.
? Managed Hometown News Release program.
? Coordinated photo shoots; shot, developed and printed black and white and color photographs.

Computer Skills

PROFICIENT: MICROSOFT SUITE • DREAMWEAVER • ILLUSTRATOR • PHOTOSHOP • FLASH • HTML • CSS • IBM SYSTEM

Employment History

BERGEN NEWS, LLC – EDGEWATER, NJ
Layout Editor/Production Manager, 1990 to 2011
PENGAD, INC. – BAYONNE, NJ
Advertising Administrator, 1988 to 1990
NATIONAL BRANDS OUTLET, INC. – CARLSTADT, NJ
Flat Processing Manager, 1986 to 1988
GIMBEL’S c/o RJE LEASING CORP. – JERSEY CITY, NJ
Carton-to-Hang Manager, 1980 to 1986

Education
WEB DESIGN SPECIALIST CERTIFICATE, OCEAN COUNY COLLEGE 2011
COURSES IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
COURSE IN CREATIVE WRITING, CITY COLLEGES OF CHICAGO
CERTIFICATE IN PUBLIC SPEAKING, AMBASSADOR COLLEGE, PASADENA, CA
GRADUATE, DEFENSE INFORMATION SCHOOL/JOURNALISM COURSE,
FT. BENJAMIN HARRISON, IN
Skills (2) Rating
Writing
Copywriting