Andrea Kastanias

Editorial and Marketing Assistant

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  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

Skills

 

  • Writing
  • Branding
  • Critic
  • Editing
  • Journalism
  • Travel
  • Data Entry
  • Email Handling
  • Project Management
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Proofreading
  • Indesign
  • Office
  • Powerpoint
  • Word

Work history

Currently

Editorial & Marketing Assistant

Destination Weddings Honeymoons Abroad

Aug 2014
  • I have been working as an Editorial and Marketing Assistant at a new bridal magazine, and have learned many new skills during this short time. I was given the responsibility of updating their databases on Microsoft Excel, where I ensured that all their contacts were up to date. This has improved my researching and communication skills, as I have needed to get in touch with many international contacts during this process. I compiled a list of contacts of wedding dress designers onto a database, which has enhanced my knowledge of wedding fashion. I have also been assigned the task of proofreading various articles and making sure that they are grammatically and lexically correct, which has required me to be critical and analytical. I also write articles myself, which enables me to utilise my writing skills. They will be featured in the first issue in January 2015. I have gained valuable knowledge at this magazine, and was given the task of attending a launch for Jockey underwear, which allowed me to speak with PR’s and learn more about the industry. I attended the launch of the Downton Abbey app at the Ham Yard Hotel in Soho, where I interviewed the creators of the app; spoke to the finest speech expert, who provided an elocution master class. I also liaised with representatives from various other magazines. I also attended the World Travel Market. Recently, my editor provided me with my own project, whereby I had to provide the content and images for a luxury luggage article. I contacted a PR representative at Ted Baker and was invited to the travel and fashion launch, where they displayed the latest collection of luggage for Tumi, Bric, Ted Baker and Lulu Guinness. I also contacted the PR office for Rimowa and Steamline and obtained all the information and images that will be used in the article.

2015

Writer

Dendelion Blu

May 2014 - Mar 2015
  • To evaluate movies and express my own opinion of the films. I follow strict deadlines, as I ensure that the reviews are submitted within the expected time period, which are then uploaded onto the company’s website. I also discuss the various aims and significances of the film and give a review that is informative and engaging.

2015

Sales Assistant

Bypass Nurseries

Dec 2011 - Mar 2015
  • My responsibilities include customer service, stock control, cash handling, answering phone calls and placing customer orders and purchase orders on the computer database. It involves advising and assisting customers, handling problems and various situations and taking responsibility for cashing the tills at the end of the day.

2015

Editorial Assistant Intern

Destination Weddings Honeymoons Abroad

Jul 2014 - Feb 2015
  • I updated their databases on Microsoft Excel, where I ensured that all their contacts were up to date and got in touch with many international contacts during this process. I also compiled a list of contacts of wedding dress designers onto a database, which enhanced my knowledge of wedding fashion. I proofread various articles and made sure they were grammatically and lexically correct, whilst also writing various articles and doing picture research for a high-end luxury luggage piece; this was featured in the magazine, for which I also contacted PR’s and attended a fashion and travel press launch, featuring the latest collection of luggage. I obtained the information about the range and wrote about them in the article. I developed an excellent relationship with my colleagues and often worked with them to discuss various ideas and deadlines, after which, we used our own initiative and create inspirational and creative articles for the magazine. I attended the launch of the Downton Abbey app at the Ham Yard Hotel in Soho, where I interviewed the creators of the app. I also attended the Debenhams launch to view their upcoming Christmas beauty range.

2009

Office Junior

Belleveue Mortlakes Surveyors Practice

Jul 2009 - Aug 2009
  • I liaised with various departments throughout the company and communicated at all levels, such as managers and team members. My duties included dealing with enquiries at the reception, being responsible for the preparation and distribution of marketing literature and inputting data onto the computer database. I learned how to update and manage computer databases more efficiently and manage my time effectively. I executed general office duties including answering phones, faxing, photocopying and filing.

Education

2014

BA English Literature

London Metropolitan University

Aug 2011 - Jun 2014
  • BA English Literature - 2:1