Jess O'Connor

Assistant Content Editor

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  • LocationBromley, United Kingdom

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Skills

 

  • Writing
  • Copywriting
  • Critic
  • Editing
  • Promotions
  • Blogging
  • Creative
  • Problem Solving
  • Relationship Management
  • Office
  • Word
  • Customer Service
  • SEO Content

Work history

Currently

Content Writer

Kimberley Crossman Ltd

Aug 2008
  • Research and write articles on a range of female-oriented subjects (primarily health and lifestyle). Assist in marketing New Zealand actress Kimberley Crossman through writing promotional material.

2013

Assistant Content Editor

Castleford Media

Feb 2013 - Jun 2013
  • Assisted the Content Editor in the recruitment, training and management of a team of writers. Researched, produced and edited a wide range of content for B2B and B2C clients. Implemented SEO strategies, created content calendars and provided clients with advice on editorial best practice. Key achievements: • Improved client retention rates through the design and management of a new client onboarding scheme • Produced thought leadership content for several high profile clients, including a national New Zealand bank

2013

Content Writer

Castleford Media

Feb 2012 - Feb 2013
  • Researched, produced and edited SEO content for publication on websites, intranets, social media and other electronic platforms. Managed a portfolio of B2B and B2C clients across a range of industries, in particular business, technology, health and not-for-profit. Key achievements: • Significantly increased personal writing speed and proficiency, averaging an output of 4,000 to 5,000 words (15 - 20 short articles) per day • Provided senior management with employee feedback which contributed to the restructuring of the editorial department

2012

Content Writer (freelance & Volunteer

Lovenotes

Dec 2011 - Oct 2012
  • Worked with the founder to create and implement an initial digital content strategy. Researched and produced newsletters, blog posts and promotional material.

2010

Chairperson

Youthfund

Jun 2008 - May 2010
  • Chaired meetings, wrote agendas and proposals, appointed new board members, drafted budgets, managed website and social media channels and processed funding applications.

2007

Content Writer

Radiochick Ltd

Feb 2005 - Mar 2007
  • Researched, produced and edited a range of articles for publication online, primarily for the music and entertainment sections

2006

Contributing Writer

Nzgirl Ltd

May 2005 - May 2006
  • Researched and produced a range of blog posts and articles for nzgirl, an online women's magazine and a leader in New Zealand's digital media sphere.

Education

2011

French and English

University of Auckland

May 2008 - Nov 2011
  • Bachelor of Arts

Awards

2010

Highly Commended: AUT National Creative Writing Competition

  • In 2012 I received a Highly Commended award for my entry 'A Little Perspective' in the AUT National Creative Writing Competition. I was a finalist from more than 200 applicants. http://www.aut.ac.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/198905/HC_A-Little-Perspective.pdf

2010

University of Auckland Study Abroad Scholarship (Languages and Literature)

  • These scholarships (maximum value $2000) have been established to enable language students to undertake a period of formal study (minimum of 3-4 weeks or 60 hours of taught classes) in a country where the language is spoken as the first language. http://www.arts.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/home/about/departments-and-schools/school-of-european-languages-and-literatures/scholarships-and-awards-24

2010

The 360 Auckland Abroad Exchange Travel Award

  • Scholarship to participate in a university exchange. http://www.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/cs-search-for-scholarships-and-awards?form=details&detailCode=500333

2010

The 360 Auckland Abroad Exchange Universitas 21 Award

  • The main purpose of the Award is to assist University of Auckland students with the costs of studying overseas while on an approved student exchange at a Universitas 21 (U21) institution. http://www.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/cs-search-for-scholarships-and-awards?form=details&detailCode=500343

2009

University of Auckland Faculty of Arts Undegraduate Scholarship

  • An entry-level scholarship to contribute towards study for a Bachelor of Arts.

2008

3rd Place: Rodney Walshe Irish Essay Competition

  • Placed third equal in a national essay writing competition. http://www.ireland.co.nz/scholarships-awards/