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Last Login 3/17/2016
Location Martinsburg, WV
Education Masters Degree
Status Inactive
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Summary of Experience
Dane O. is an educated writer with a degree in social and industrial-organizational psychology. He also studied graphic design, public relations, and marketing. In the process, he learned to write effective, concise press releases for a variety of businesses, people, and events. He is near completion on a masters degree in anthropology with a focus on biological archaeology and early hominids.

Dane O. has an eclectic, varied background and skill set. For three years, he was a journalist for a regional newspaper and wrote a weekly lifestyles column on sensitive and controversial topics, such as atheism, marriage equality, and birth control laws. Dane worked in management and administration for both government and private contractors, and also as the field and laboratory assistant to an archaeologist.

For the past year, Dane has been doing freelance graphic and web design, and also working as a freelance writer. He has written a wide range of topics including addiction and recovery, popular science, book and film reviews, real estate law, product and business descriptions, marketing and branding strategies, and writing and career guides.
Specialties
Dane excels at writing technical or analytic pieces and articles involving much research. Some of his favorite subjects to write about include:

Psychology
Anthropology & archaeology
Early hominids
Genetics
Physics
Astronomy
Cosmology
Biology
Geology
Books & film
Career development
Travel & tourism
History
Business models
Social media
Health & wellness
Cooking
Interior design
Marketing & promotion
Creative writing
Bizarre & interesting facts
Interests
Dane enjoys traveling; reading (mostly non-fiction and classic literature); cooking; independent research and study; learning about marketing, promotion, and SEO; web design; coffee shops; and live music. In his spare time, Dane can usually be found, coffee in hand, at a bookstore, enjoying a sunny day at the park, with friends at wineries and vineyards, walking down picturesque streets in quaint towns, or among ancient ruins looking closely at a pot sherd with a big grin on his face.
Education
Shepherd University Aug 2005 – Dec 2010
Psychology; Graphic Design & Public Relations, Bachelor of Science

Dane O. attended Shepherd University in where he majored in social and industrial-organizational psychology. For his college thesis project, he conducted research using human subjects on impression formation based on facial features. His minor studies were graphic design and public relations with additional coursework in business, biology, marketing, creative writing, and journalism. Dane was briefly a fine arts major too, which provided him the opportunity to learn more about art history and to refine his skill as an artist. He graduated cum laude in 2010.


University of Mississippi Aug 2012 –
Anthropology, Biological Archaeology, Master of Science

At the University of Mississippi, Dane has studied anthropology and archaeology with a particular focus on Southwestern American pre-Colombian civilizations and early hominids. Dane has written extensive research papers on the dental and anatomical morphology of primates and hominids, gene flow and migration studies, and features of pro-Colombian Native American urbanization and architecture.


Honors and Awards
2nd Place - Mixed Media Feb 2005
Dane won second place in a regional art show. His piece was an abstract self-portrait using mostly paint, oil pastels, and charcoal. The piece was very well-received by both judges and the community.

Association Memberships
National Honor Society May 2004
Dane joined the National Honor Society for outstanding scholarship and academic achievement. In doing so, he was required to become a resource to other students and scholars, providing editing, tutoring, and any other academic services they may need. Dane has maintained an active membership of the years including attending local events and functions and participating in the mentoring program for new inductees.

Projects by Industry
Entertainment

Dane has an educational background in fine arts and media, which has give him a keen artistic eye and an attention to detail. He's written reviews of books, movies, musical artists and groups, works and collections of art, and even digital media like websites and advertising. Dane's reviews are concise, objective, yet also constructive. When writing a review, Dane tries to point out strengths of a piece in addition to ways the piece could have been improved.

Office

Dane worked for a government agency as an administration and office manager. His work centered around scheduling and travel arrangements for his supervisor, being a resource for clients, handling all incoming correspondence, and being on-call most of the time for any side projects and research that would come up.

Science

Dane was a field and laboratory assistant to an archaeologist for about two years. During that time he assisted in the excavation and classification of various sites and artifacts, as well as spending much time analyzing those findings in an archaeology laboratory. Dane worked closely with his mentor, who provided him with invaluable tutelage and helped Dane get hands-on experience in the field of archaeology.

Consumer Goods

Dane has provided numerous product reviews and in-depth descriptions with the purpose of boosting sales without sounding overtly like an advertisement. He has done research on products for each of the pieces by gaining firsthand consumer experience using the products or services as well as conducting additional research.

Management

Dane has firsthand experience in management. He has worked in customer service, administration, human resources, and has even done basic bookkeeping. As such, Dane has a lot of valuable knowledge regarding daily business operations, sales models, guest relations, and brand development.

Marketing

Dane is proficient at developing and implementing marketing strategies that can be applied to an array of businesses and industries. Having studied marketing both in an academic environment and independently, Dane excels at identifying ways to give businesses a competitive edge and boost performance by creating both short and long-term goals. His strategies are innovative, effective, and frequently involve creative, outside-the-box solutions.

Projects by SEO Skill
Title/Meta Descriptions

Most of Dane's pieces include built-in meta-descriptions within the title, byline and/or opening sentences by default for the purpose of optimizing the content for search engines. Whether requested or not, Dane tends to write with the opening lines doubling as a meta-description, which has been met positively and with great acclaim by clients.

Link Building

Dane is a proficient link-builder. His hyperlinks are attached to appropriate words and keywords, occuring in natural places throughout a piece, and create back links to not only client sites, but also to authoritative informational sites and non-competitors to increase credibility and reader confidence. Dane follows the general rule that links should not appear in the opening or closing sentences of a piece.

Projects by Asset Type
Product Description

Dane has written many product descriptions for an array of products and services. Recently, he has written about mobile technology, computers, software, vehicles, jewelry, and many other products. Dane prefers to write objectively, highlighting reasons why someone would want to buy the product, and always ways the product could be improved.

News Story

Dane has written many features related to news and current events. Frequently, these articles have focused on scientific news, but Dane excels at writing news stories running the gamut from local and regional to global news, scientific or otherwise.

Projects By Expertise
Research Writer

Dane wrote many feature articles for client whose site focused on topics and news related to addiction, treatment, and recovery. The articles involved extensive research on social and physiological perspectives of addiction and recovery. Other articles involved current events and addiction culture. Dane further developed his SEO and link-building skills with some of these pieces.

Copywriter

Dane wrote a weekly lifestyles column for a regional newspaper in which he would select topics that were controversial and could elicit feedback from the reader. Many installments were very well received and garnered acclaim from his editors and the community.

Journalist

Over the course of his tenure with a regional newspaper, Dane wrote several dozen journalistic pieces that required a number of skills. Many of the pieces involved attending events, conducting interviews, and compiling extensive research in order to generate high quality, authoritative, credible articles.

Projects by Writing Style
Authoritative

Dane wrote articles for an addiction and recovery website. His articles were on such topics as physiological and social factors that predispose for addiction, date-rape drug GHB, a region of the brain that causes one to be averse to alcohol consumption, and several others. Intended to be authoritative resources on the subjects, these pieces involved finding and citing factual resources, medical reports, and experts in the field.

Promotional

Dane is able to promote products and services in a way that doesn't sound like he's trying to sell something. By highlighting an illustrating key features, Dane can effectively increase reader interest in a product or service.

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