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CV example: Clare Halland

Claire Halland

Clare is a graduate currently working freelance to build her portfolio. She is applying for a post in Public Relations.

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46 Dunstall Way, Sheffield, Yorkshire, S9 8PY

Mobile: 07900112113 Email:

Work Experience

Present Assistant, Daily Telegraph

+ Assisting with research and copy for the Daily Telegraph, The Lady, and the Debenhams Website.
+ I liaise with PRs
+ Conduct interviews and attend press launches.

Sept 09 – Present Freelance Copywriter and Designer

+ Freelancing on accounts
I write and design press releases, launch material and client information packs and blogs.
+ Online copy is all SEO friendly.

Oct 09 – Jul 10 PR Executive at BARCATEFL School, Carrer Consell 66, Barcelona, 16410, Spain

+ Online PR campaign that targeted UK travel press.
Wrote all client copy including press releases, biographies and promotional material.
Created a network of UK travel contacts within a very small space of time.
Contributed articles about TEFL/Madrid to job websites, University newspapers, regional press and online media.
+ Became SEO literate and wrote and designed the company blog,
+ Twitter account and Facebook pages.
Redesigned company materials in Photoshop and Quark Xpress.
Produced monthly contact and coverage reports.

Feb 08 – Jul 09 Press Assistant at Dunmorton and Tylar
106 Allingham Road, Islington, London, N1 8LG

+ Managed press cuttings using Cision and Gorkana.
+ Produced EAV and coverage evaluations for all client reports.
+ Wrote press releases and copy for all company clients.
+ Received and completed all relevant journalist Response Sources.
+ Organised and processed mail-outs.
+ Took an active role in company mind-mapping sessions.
+ Followed up forthcoming coverage for client reports.
+ Given full responsibility over petty cash and company cheques

Nov 07 Online Marketing Intern at Malltun Ltd 37 Shaftesbury Route, London, WC1L 9KB

+ Analysed the company’s Worldwide University sales.
+ Researched the online marketing potential of upcoming titles.
+ Promoted a selection of new titles

Aug 06 Editing Room Intern BBC Studios, Newcastle

+ Work experience on the set of ‘Byker Grove’,
+ 3 different departments
+ Became especially involved with the editing process and sound application.
+ Fully integrated into the team by becoming a runner whenever help was needed.

Jun 05 – Sep 05 BUNAC Work America Programme at The Happy Bear

+ Lead position in the Art department


2004 – 2007 BA (Hons) Classical Civilisation 2:1 The University of Warwick

+ My degree covered a wide range of Classical Literature, History and Art.
+ Texts were studied in translation and the original language.

1998 – 2004 Sheffield Secondary School

A Levels: Classical Civilisation (A), English Literature (B), Psychology (B)
A-S Level: Latin (B)
GCSEs: 9 A* - C


Proficient on Adobe Photoshop, Quark XPress and MS Office. Strong on both MAC and PC platforms with deep knowledge of the Internet, social media and SEO.

I am currently learning Spanish, enjoy socialising, playing sports, have a red belt in Tae Kwon Do, travelling, reading, blogging, tweeting and writing film reviews.

References available upon request


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