Business Writing, 2014 – Present • Teach the principles of business writing, encompassing subjects from proposals to PowerPoint, from memos to media training to, from branding to blogging. • Earn enthusiastic evaluations from colleagues and students, many of whom volunteer to be my teaching assistant or hire me for subsequent ghostwriting. • Nominated, by students, for a teaching award from the Office of Undergraduate Studies for “gaining and holding the attention of students in a way that few other classes do.” THE JONATHAN RICK GROUP, Arlington, Virginia President, 2011 – Present • Develop crisp and cogent copy that entertains readers as much as it educates them. • Deliver workshops on corporate communication to Fortune 1,000 companies, national nonprofits, federal agencies, and individual executives. • Conduct communication boot camps for AXA, the Food and Drug Administration, Johns Hopkins University, Booz Allen Hamilton, and chambers of commerce around the country. ROCK CREEK STRATEGIC MARKETING, Chevy Chase, Maryland Senior Strategist, 2010 – 2011 Led highly collaborative teams of strategists, technologists, and designers on innovative social media and advocacy projects that won rave reviews from demanding clients.
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professionals to discuss possible steps toward improving relations among diverse department entities Initiated and oversaw a conference of IT specialists to foster cooperation and communication across 7 departments
section. 2. Reported and wrote articles for the “Politics” desk that routinely drew, on average, 50,000 pageviews. 3. Monitored the general inbox and assembled newsworthy items for the authors of Playbook, Politico’s flagship e-newsletter. 4. Wrote an op-ed about Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court that was tweeted by Kellyanne Conway (2.8M followers). 5. Broke the news that Morgan Ortagus would be the State Department’s new spokeswoman, thus landing a link on the Drudge Report.
the first bullet point for each position. Think of that bullet point as similar to a topic sentence in a paragraph: It can introduce your reader to what comes next. To wit: Most bullets summarize individual tasks or specific projects. Your first should summarize your entire job.
true. They’re in it for themselves. OK, that’s harsh, but the truth is that they’re looking for an awesome candidate to come in and do a kick-ass job that’ll help them run their department (or company) more efficiently and successfully.” — Lisa Siva
first point of contact for visitors, deliveries, and phone calls ❌ Recruited interns, and screened them for interviews ✓ Named Employee of the Month for overtime work ✓ Served as first point of contact for visitors, deliveries, and phone calls ✓ Recruited interns, and screened them for interviews
work. ❌ Served as first point of contact for visitors, deliveries, and phone calls. ❌ Recruited interns, and screened them for interviews ✓ Named Employee of the Month for overtime work. ✓ Served as first point of contact for visitors, deliveries, and phone calls. ✓ Recruited interns, and screened them for interviews.
ads. Right when smartphones came out. In the Detroit area. The joke just writes itself. What do phone-book ads have to do with my current copywriting calling? Only everything. As a salesman, I hit the streets and talked every day with small-business owners about their passions, their dreams, their challenges. I realized that the smartest entrepreneurs have a deep appreciation for the power of marketing and a heightened BS detector. So, I learned how to shut up and listen, how to unearth hidden emotional pains and triggers, and how to convince people to buy with their hearts. This B2B knowledge now informs every project I take on.
was an entry-level, minimum- wage barista at the campus coffee shop. Not the most glamourous job, but nonetheless a critical one. Really? What exactly does the experience of serving cups of Joe have to do with my career in journalism? Only everything. Let me explain. Dealing with people, especially on a campus as big and as diverse as that of the University of Maryland’s, is tough. Some customers are belligerent; others struggle with spoken English; others are exactly the entitled narcissists whom society has come to associate with Gen Z. Yet whatever the situation, I found a way to defuse it. Sometimes that meant giving away a free scone. Sometimes that meant adding an extra shot of expresso on the house. Sometimes that meant saying “sorry” (even when I wasn’t wrong). As a reporter, I’ll encounter sources of all varieties. Some of these folks will be weird; others will be wonderful. Yet in order to succeed, I’ll have to cultivate all comers. I’ll have to be humble, adaptable, and welcoming — three traits that I mastered as a college barista.
to lobby for congressional approval of the 2018 North American trade deal. The USMCA Coalition Executive Director Founded this nonprofit, which consists of the top business trade associations, to lobby for congressional approval of the 2018 North American trade deal.
Raised 3 young children, instilling in each the values of hard work, honesty, and excellence. ❖ Managed household finances, creating and adhering to a budget for a family of 6. ❖ Implemented HR procedures by resolving all manner of complaints and arguments.
a website that identifies key phrases in a job description. 3. Each one of your bullet points should ideally adhere to the “VNR” formula. What’s “VNR”? 4. Name one rookie mistake. 5. How can you align dates? 6. Should you include a “summary”? 7. Instead of calling your job history “experience,” what might you call it?