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  • 19 years in business
Stephanie W.
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My name is Stephanie Walsh & I had the pleasure of working with Jay Long as a customer developing software for use by hundreds of firms and thousands of subcontracting telecommunications construction workers and executive reporting statisticians. Considering the specialized skill set these users possess, it took some outside the box thinking to define our business and functional requirements. Jay is very talented at translating requirements and layout concepts into a very simple logical format that allows all users technical and not so technical the ability to do their jobs without intensive training. Jay was responsive, helpful, and always willing to solve problems discussing concepts until a plan that suited every need was found. Jay is clearly very passionate about his work. He is a leader, designer, user experience guru who is extremely efficient and easy to work with!

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I have over 14 years of experience as a technical writer and editor and can write and edit many different types of technical papers, such as white papers, implementation guides, design guides, proven solution guides, product guides, user and administrator guides, release notes, online help, standard operating procedures, work instructions, policies, workflow diagrams, newsletters, presentations, and training materials. I am skilled in using Adobe RoboHelp, FrameMaker, Captivate, Acrobat, and PhotoShop Elements; Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Publisher, and Visio; Microsoft SharePoint Designer, DxStudio, Visual Studio, and Product Studio; Corel Paint Shop Pro; HTML; and TechSmith SnagIt.

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Basic Resume • Written and edited by professionals • Premium 24-pound paper • 25 laser copies • Choice of colored paper (cream, white, gray or light-blue) ITEM #: RWSRSM95 Basic Resume $95.95 plus shipping and handling Resume Plus • Written and edited by professionals • Premium 24-pound paper • 25 laser copies • Choice of colored paper (cream, white, gray or light-blue) • Resume saved onto disc • Post-interview “Thank You” letter • Future resume updates (additional fees apply) ITEM #: RWSRSM105 Resume Plus $105.95 plus shipping and handling ITEM #: RWSRSM105UPDT Resume Update $29.95 plus shipping and handling Resume Editing Our extensive resume editing service revises your resume to accurately profile your experience, accomplishments and goals. We meticulously focus on the following five elements essential to every strong resume: 1) Proofreading and Editing: Basic resume proofreading and editing corrects spelling, capitalization and punctuation. If uncorrected, these common errors can collectively undermine your self-presentation. 2) Structural Coherence: The phases of your career should be categorized in an order that best represents your abilities. We’ll tailor your resume to meet your specific job placement goals. 3) Logic and Grammar:The most fundamental grammatical structure of every resume is parallelism. We link logical connections between your job functions. 4) Style and Voice: The most effective resumes are personal. We’ll help you express your unique style and voice in a professional manner. 5) Formatting: Patterns on the page affect how employers interpret your ability to organize information. We’ll format your resume to emphasize articulate organizational skills. ITEM #: RESEDIT Resume Editing $75.00

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Do you want your message to resonate? I'm your guy. Do you have need for an excellent business-to-business writer? Maybe you need a technical writer with over 40 years of engineering experience. Or do you want to make what you write better? That's the editing side of what I do. I make your writing better, but it is still your writing.

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I am a freelance blogger, writer and proofreader in beautiful Spokane, Washington. Writing has been a passion of mine for decades. I am always the one getting called upon to edit a paper or draft a memo. I'm a perfectionist who needs to get the job done right the first time! After a successful career in the business world, I decided to follow my passion and bring my knowledge of writing to the public.

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