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Write Justified
4.3
from 4 reviews
    Mike O.
    Verified review

    Judy is an outstanding editor. In my first foray into book writing, I needed someone who could not only carefully proof and correct my writing, but also advise me on dealing with my publisher, show me how to improve my writing, and be thoroughly familiar with norms and standards for both the proposal and final manuscript.

    LaVonne Hammans
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
      LJ H.
      Verified review

      LaVonne is amazing and incredibly helpful if your writing needs to be strengthened. I am a Master's Level student who has been working on my Masters Thesis through National University online program. Needless to say without LaVonne and her attention to my learning style, I would be struggling more than necessary. If you have any writing anxiety, foundational writing problems, help overcoming a negative response from a professor LaVonne will bring you through to the other side. LaVonne responds quickly and provides immediate feedback on your writing. LaVonne makes herself available and restores your confidence through her professionalism and compassion. I highly recommend LaVonne to other students and others who are in need of editing and honest feedback about the written work. Respectfully, Lorelyn J. Hambelton

      The Next Step Solution, LLC
      5.0
      from 3 reviews
      • 5 years in business
      Cora G.
      Verified review

      As a previous client of The Next Step Solution, I want to say I highly recommend the complete package to anyone who is seeking to learn what their God-given strengths and passions are. We are all unique and have characteristics that are innately built in us that naturally make us perfect in certain roles. However, like myself, though I had these strengths and passions deep inside me, I needed help discovering what they were and how these strengths and passions had already been playing out in my life without me fully realizing it. As my career coach took me through the journey of self-discovery, I learned that I had much experience with transferable skills that my prospective employer would be looking for in their search for the perfect candidate. I share with you my testimonial so you can see the contrast of where I was to how the journey with my career counselor truly made all the difference in my results. I was seeking to enter a new career as a registered nurse. I had been an in-home daycare provider for over 15 years. I had not done an interview in over 17 years, nor had I ever put together a resume or letter of intent. The job seeking process had changed drastically in all those years. I didn’t know how to sell myself on paper to get to the point of getting the interview, let alone knowing what to say in the interview to assure them I was the right person for the job. My career coach started me off discovering what my strengths were by taking an online test. I had a deadline to submit all my paperwork, so at the time I remember thinking I don’t have time to do a self-discovery journey… I need a resume quick! I couldn’t have been more wrong. It turns out discovering my strengths was the foundation to everything else we did and ultimately what landed me two job offers at two different hospitals in the area, both of which were a direct track to what was my passion. In other words, I got TWO offers for what were my DREAM jobs. My resume showed a consistent application of transferrable skills in all my previous roles that they were skills they were specifically looking for. I remember several aha moments as I struggled to see how certain skills had been performed in my previous roles as my coach guided and encouraged to pull out specific examples I had performed. She showed me how that applied to a transferable skill. By end of my journey with my career coach, I had a new confidence of who I was, what specific path I wanted to take that would lead me to fulfilling my passions of doing what I love and I had an arsenal of prepared documents that gave me the tools needed to land the job! Though I was done with my sessions with my coach, she went above and beyond the call of duty and continued to coach me through my interview process. Seeing how nervous I was, my coach took the time to help me realize I had all the tools I needed to be successful. She even practiced doing interview questions with me. I had been so nervous about this process, I pictured myself walking into the interview and clamming up with no personality and having brain block. The interviews I faced were particularly intimidating because both positions I was interviewing for required me to be interviewed by a 5-person panel by important supervisory people that were in charge of finding just the right candidate for the position. What I didn’t realize fully at this point was that my coach had fully prepared me to shine during this moment. After saying a small prayer, I walked into the interview surrounded by all these important people, knowing this was the most important interview I had ever had in my life. I was amazed as the process unfolded how confident and sure of myself I felt. I truly did shine and I knew without a doubt I had hit the target during the interaction I had with each person. Ultimately, at the end of each of the two interviews I was asked the dreaded question, “Why should we hire you compared to all the other candidates applying for the job?” This is where I was able to pull out the strengths finder test results and fully explained what my strengths were, why those were important as a nurse and how those strengths had already been consistently applied in all my other roles and life experience and how those strengths were a perfect fit for their organization’s vision and purpose. I walked out seeing smiling faces and knowing that I was going to be offered the job. Money was tight for me at the time I considered the services provided and I questioned if I could afford it. Looking back at the journey, I know it was an investment that will pay off for years to come. I know without a doubt that I would not have had the same results if I had tried to do this alone and not taken the time to discover my strengths and passions first. Thank you, Next Step Solution! You helped to change my future!

      Jody L. Halsted
      5.0
      from 2 reviews
        Gudrun E.
        Verified review

        I have worked with Jody for over a year now - her writing is solid and complete, she is always on time, and is a pleasure to work with. Communication is easy, she responds quickly to requests and is not hesitant about asking for clarification or additional responsibilities.

        Way With Words
        5.0
        from 2 reviews
        • 3 years in business
        • 3 hires on Thumbtack
        Kyle C.
        Verified review

        I needed a blog writer who would deliver quality work, hit deadlines and ultimately go beyond the call. Annie did just that! She is a true professional in every sense of the word. What stands out the most, is how she never cuts corners just to get to a certain word count. She even does the extra research necessary to make sure each piece comes to together accurately and professionally. Deadlines are always hit and the quality of writing is top-notch! If you are looking for someone who will surpass your expectations and get the job done right, hire Annie for your project. She has my highest recommendation!

        About

        I am an experienced writer, capable of doing any project in print or online. My resume includes twenty years of corporate management, so I understand all aspects of business needs.

        About

        I am a book author for two text books and all ancillaries (test bank, power points, online version, instructors manuals etc.). I am also a reviewer for textbooks. I can translate from English to German and visa versa.

        • 6 years in business
        About

        I am an accomplished professional with extensive experience in managing print and digital products, from the idea stage through creation. I am skilled in coordinating multiple projects, schedules, and budgets. I have proven abilities to determine the needs of the customer and company and create products to meet those needs. I utilize strong organizational, planning, and communication skills to accomplish assigned tasks. Expertise includes the following: * Project Management * Website Development * Talent Development and Utilization * E-commerce Initiatives * Marketing Program Design and Implementation * Magazine Creation * New Business Initiatives * E-newsletter Development * Scheduling and Time Management * Search Engine Optimization

        • 4 years in business
        About

        I am a very good writer, and while I may not have the journalism degree or years of experience, I am confident in my ability to perform any writing task I am challenged to perform. Whether you need an article written (including research, I have a strong scientific background which has honed my critical thinking skills and allows me to weed out the nonsense), or an article edited to read in such a way that your point is clearly made, I can do it. If you need proof, give me a small assignment and I will complete it before you decide to hire me, since I am new at this and lack a long list of references.

        About

        As an experienced advertising and marketing professional, I'm here to help you grow your small business or nonprofit with the services you need most: Business plans Grants Copywriting for social, digital, print and broadcast media Technical, catalog, and feature writing DR/Lead generation Brand development Marketing strategies Let's talk. Where is your business now? Where do you want to go?

        About

        I offer writing and self-publication services. If you have a story to tell, I will help you tell it. I generate content, edit, and/or provide assistance in getting your story self-published.

        • 4 years in business
        About

        We pride ourselves in having excellent work ethic and always doing the best job we can the first time.

        • 3 years in business
        About

        I do make sure that i complete the assigned job right on time and with quality results

        About

        Im a one of a kind girlie like slim shadys rock a bye baby if u need me to be or I can be you its whatever you want me to do. I can be professional, nationional, conditional, underground or outbound I am a Queen and a King and my words can be dirty or clean and nice or mean. If your my Boss then its your gain and my loss so whatever you want I can be sane or a nut.

        About

        Action Career Solutions is a professional resume writing, staffing, recruiting and general copy editing service.

        About

        I am a technical communications major at Iowa State University providing services in writing, design, and fine arts.

        About

        on my blog, I tell a zombie story in the perspective of the characters(1st person). it is set in Des Moines Iowa, with two teams of SWAT and civilians.

        About

        I have over a decade's experience in the teaching of writing and editing skills to university students.

        About

        Are you looking for someone to help write what you want to say, I can help do that. I do editing, writing, online billing. Let's talk about what I can do for you.

        About

        I do freelance editing and writing for everything from articles to novels. This involves eliminating style and grammatical errors, as well as ensuring that the story flows well.

        About

        I can edit resumes, manuscripts, articles, you name it! I also provide resume writing services. I can transcribe as well as set up services for medical-in home care assistance businesses.

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