Resume

SIMON WILLIAMS-IM

MA, BA (Hons), NUJ, CIPR, CPRS Member

simonwilliamsim@gmaill.com | (Canada) 236 996 1984

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Enthusiastic, creative journalist and communications assistant. Creative, with skills in Photoshop, QuarkXpress, Dreamweaver and InDesign. Proficient in MS Office suite and Outlook. Previous work experience as a Business and English conversation instructor and worked with a range of people in the retail sector from leading brands.

EXPERIENCE

Communications and Creative

  • Organized meetings and events
  • Arranged press conferences and interviews
  • Prepared policy reports
  • Supervised staff
  • Wrote news articles and opinion pieces
  • Inhouse experience

Retail

  • Attention to detail and customer needs
  • Business awareness
  • Communication skills
  • Build a good rapport with team members and customers

Teaching

  • Taught all levels of English conversation and grammar to classes of 6-20 students
  • Taught classes in business English and TOEIC preparation
  • Created lesson plans and wrote curricula
  • Created and administered examinations and tests
  • Corrected tests and evaluated student progress
  • Organized student events and activities
  • Wrote progress reports and communicated with parents
  • Tutored individuals in Business English and conversation

 

WORK HISTORY

Canadian Work Experience

Journalist (volunteer) The Source 2018

Writing for ‘The Source – the forum of diversity http://www.thesource.ca

Barista Starbucks2018

Training and working as a Starbucks Barista in Vancouver.

Survey Caller Stratcom (Randstad)2018

Calling Albertans as part of a political party’s information gathering project.

 

(SOUTH KOREA) TEACHING ESL WORK HISTORY

English ProfessorJoongbu University Goyang, S.Korea 2017-2018

English TeacherSoongsil University, Seoul, S.Korea2018

English TeacherGyeongsang National University, Jinju, S.Korea2017

Kindergarten TeacherCBIS-K, Suwon, South Korea 2016-2017

English Professor Joongbu University, Geumsan-gun, S. Korea2014-2015

English ProfessorHanseo University, Haemi-Myun, S. Korea 2012-2014

English Teacher EPIK , Seoul, S. Korea  2011-2012

European Work Experience

Clerical PostNational Health Service  2010-2011

Working as a receptionist and general office worker.

Press OfficerEuropean Parliament, Belgium 2009-2010

Writing press releases related to the projects of the Member of the European Parliament, responding to media and public requests, promote ongoing regional projects associated to this MEP, dealing with internal issues and attending meetings and briefings, reviewing government reports.

Assistant Cafcass, UK  2010

Completing data packages for the UK Children’s Court (criminal background check and data confirmation)

Communications Assistant   ANEC, Belgium 2010

Preparation of the interim and final activity reports, worked with ANEC partners around the world for information gathering for articles within the ANEC network.

Editor \ View from the Hill, UK  2007-2010

Design and edit of the magazine, content gathering and finding sponsorships.

Data Entry  Cafcass, UK  2009-2010

Completing data packages for the UK Children’s Court (criminal background check and data confirmation)

Freelance Reporter The Jewish Chronicle, UK 2007-2009

Freelance reporting on the Jewish community in Birmingham and the West Midlands, research, document and write final copy for publication in the British national newspaper for the Jewish community.

Freelance Reporter  The Pink Paper, UK 2009

Freelance reporting on the LGBT community in the West Midlands region. Reporting on events around the region in terms of attacks on the community, health issues, pride reporting.

Communications Assistant    CBSO, UK2009

Planning and preparing marketing campaigns, working with team members to monitor marketing and press activity, preparing newsletters, editing articles, holding interviews and event planning.

Communications Assistant    Core Marketing, UK 2009

Unpaid internship, gathering cuttings and preparing press releases.

Office Assistant The Birmingham Independent, UK 2006-2007

Management of the office, recruitment, PA to the CEO.

Journalist Jerusalem Post, Israel2006-2007

Internship for 6 months in Israel, researching and writing articles for the Israeli English newspaper covering domestic and international issues.

Research Legal TV, UK-2006

Forward planning desk at Legal TV – preparing for film, background research into issues raised in the programme.

Retail Assistant Sainsburys, UK 2003-2006

Cashier at a local brand supermarket.

Catering and Barista Pertemps  2003-2006

Catering and barista position for an agency.

EDUCATION

M.A. International Studies, University of Birmingham 2008

B.A. (Hons) Media and Communication, Birmingham City University [UCE]2006

Volunteer Activities

Pre-university

Charity Auction (raising money for The Reform Synagogues of Great Britain)

Collecting autographs and celebrity items for a charity auction.

Charity Auction and Comic production (Lightning Dog) raising money for Acorn Hospice in Birmingham.

During my university studies

Telephone Fundraising for the Jewish National Fund (Green Sunday) for the Birmingham Jewish Community tree farm.

Magen David Adom fundraising with the Birmingham Jewish community.

Volunteer at The Stroke Association in Selly Oak (helping stroke victims trying to improve language abilities).

Student Mentoring at Moseley School, Moseley, Birmingham.