Jonathan C
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Stafford, VA
Joined 6/30/2017
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To please others, Jonathan chose to major in accounting. Reading books from the recommended reading lists of his college business classes led him to change his mind. His week-long infatuation with one book in particular -- the prosaic, theory-driven narrative of a small town firm's successful efforts to improve the efficiency of its operations -- made him realize his mind was starved for literature. Having finished two terms of business classes, he seamlessly (all but three of his business credits counted toward his graduation) switched majors to English.

To enrich his literary studies, Jonathan applied for an exchange program and spent the Fall 2007 term at a University in the U.K., the country of his literary idols. The high mark his term paper on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales received alone made the journey worthwhile.

Eyeing graduation and shackled by two layoffs in a three-month span following the 2008 economic recession, he hurriedly researched life and work abroad. Days after receiving his college diploma in the mail, he was hired to teach English at Dalian Polytechnic University in Dalian, China. Extreme jet lag, the language barrier, and teaching classes of up to forty students -- sans a degree in education or any teaching experience -- were colossal physical and mental demands, but he met them thanks to hard work and the generous guidance of colleagues and university administrators.

Jonathan parted ways amicably with Dalian Polytechnic after two years. Recommendation letter in hand and eager to part with the plodding pace of life in frigid Northeastern China, he migrated to the warmer Southeast, taking up residence in the urban, frenetic confines of Shanghai. There he taught children at a private training center for ten months before taking another teaching position at Shanghai International Studies University, where he remained for his final eighteen months in China.

During his four-and-a-half-year teaching stint, he instructed students in English speaking, pronunciation, and listening. Though it was voluntary, he drafted syllabuses, lesson plans, and lecture slides for these non-core classes which the majority of the students were used to taking lightly; the extra effort elicited respect and enthusiastic participation from many of them.

After his return from China, Jonathan worked part-time as a search engine evaluator for Leapforce, Inc. Writing multiple 200-word paragraphs which provided his rationale for the ratings he assigned web and mobile search results was a daily routine. For instance, an internet user who submitted the Google search query "poison ivy" probably sought authoritative information on symptoms and treatment options. A WebMD page about poison ivy would receive a significantly higher rating than a page on a natural remedies blog. Though the information on the blog page was accurate, it would have received a low rating because anyone can publish content on a blog; such search results are far below the high authority standard for health-related search queries.

In addition to this work, Jonathan has been managing his investments, teaching English online, researching for an author, and writing content for clients like Nutribody.com and Curry Creative. His areas of expertise are sports, travel, and education.
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Specialties

article writing, copywriting, product descriptions

Interests

travel, sports, Chinese culture,
Mandarin, motorcycling, spooky places (i.e. Sleepy Hollow, New York)

Education

Old Dominion University

Jonathan changed his major from accounting to English literature in his second semester at Old Dominion University. Studying abroad at the University of Leicester in the U.K. was an enriching experience; lectures on Chaucer and literature of the Romantic and Renaissance periods, combined with small group seminar sessions, thoroughly immersed Jonathan in the texts. The high mark he received for his term paper on Chaucer birthed in him the first inkling that he could write well.

Other

2 Projects Completed

From January 2017 to April 2017, Jonathan conducted research and drafted end notes for Mr. Anthony DeStefano's latest book.

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16 Projects Completed

Jonathan wrote two blog posts for Ontesol -- the Ontario, Canada-based ESL teaching certification business -- in exchange for the waiving of a $50 fee for continued coursework. The first post, "TESOL China: My First Day on the Job," was the short story of his initial impression of teaching at a university in Dalian, China. The second was a how-to titled "Using Games in the ESL Classroom," in which he described a classroom game, how it could be deployed in a specific lesson plan, and how it went when he used it in his classroom in China.

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8 Projects Completed

Jonathan wrote two informative articles on body mass index and olive oil for the nutrition and exercise website Nutribody.com. The articles were more than 800 words and relied heavily on information from authoritative sources such as the New England Journal of Medicine, and the National Institutes of Health.

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1 Projects Completed

Jonathan wrote one-hundred product descriptions between 135 and 170 words long for Curry Creative, LLC. These were descriptions of officially licensed NHL and NFL guitars, gig bags, cutlery, and drumsticks. He approached each description with a template comprising the following:

1. introduction to the product with emphasis on its officially-licensed status and unique value for NHL or NFL
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2. description of product's utility, i.e. "perfect as a gift" or "personal keepsake item"
3. a call to action

Mr. Curry showed him how to revise the descriptions to optimize them for SEO. To produce unique sentences and paragraphs, he blended the text with the recurring product features and specifications and the unique logos and team names of the NHL and NFL franchises.

Mr. Curry gave Jonathan a written recommendation and the highest possible work-approval rating.

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