My first book, The Cash-Strapped Person's Guide to Thriving in the Digital Age, is available online at many fine retailers everywhere (including Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble). I am a... show more
My first book, The Cash-Strapped Person's Guide to Thriving in the Digital Age, is available online at many fine retailers everywhere (including Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble). I am a computer expert who does admin work, photos/videos, write, code, and create animations. I love to hep other people and I've even done a few side gigs where I helped a few elderly people how to use their computers and smartphones. I'm always learning new skills.
Praises help jobseekers showcase strengths and stand out to employers.
From time to time I do some freelance work for a therapist that currently has a contract with the DC Public Schools. Duties include screen capturing videos using ScreenFlow, doing research on various social media platforms, and HTML work on the website.
I set up a table at various arts and craft shows where I sell my handcrafted work. You can see a complete list of arts and craft events I've participated in at:
I was on the Quality Assurance team where I visited various neighborhoods to make sure that the work in the same area that was done by a previous Census employee was correct. This was done as part of the preparation for the 2020 census.
Working remotely from the Washington, DC area, I helped to remediate documents in order to make them accessible for people with various disabilities (such as blindness and dyslexia). Duties included tagging documents in Adobe Acrobat Pro and testing them on software that emulated screen readers.
Helped a small government contractor who specializes in producing documents that are compliant with Section 508 (where government documents are required to be accessible to people will all kinds of disabilities ranging from blindness to missing limbs to cognitive disabilities, such as dyslexia). Duties included editing documents in Microsoft Word, registering students for classes that the company provides (both online and at the company's Takoma Park location), and binding then sending books and other learning materials to students.
Did administrative work for the executor of his late aunt’s estate. Duties included typing, doing online research, and even taking photos of some rental properties.
Taught myself about to coding (mainly in Scratch and Python) so I could help assist the girls in the Takoma Park chapter of Girls Who Code. Assisted the lead teacher in doing things like setting up the computers in the computer lab, putting up signs indicating that the club is in session, and chase away any non-club members who were just loitering outside the computer lab.
I worked for two nights as an extra for a program featuring financial expert Ric Edelman that was aired on PBS in December, 2017. I sat in the audience as I watched Ric Edelman give his presentation while I applauded, laughed, and made random exclamations (such as "wow!", "oooh!", "whoah!", etc.).
I briefly did administrative work for a startup that did a test market rollout of disposable jumpsuits that were pretreated with Sawyer Permethrin spray at the annual Loudon Lyme 10K/5K/1K Fun Run. I helped with designing a brochure, did Internet research into getting a trademark, and I manually sprayed Sawyer Permethrin on the jumpsuits.
Transcribed recordings of various trials that were made by the DC Court system using Microsoft Word for Windows.
Assisted the main teacher in instructing the children at a local elementary school in digital photography. (The class was offered as a before-school program.)
Was tasked by the Greenbelt Worker-Cooperative Incubater to do research on whether it was possible to open a thrift shop in the it was economically feasible to open a thrift store in the very heart of the historic section of downtown Greenbelt. Had to conclude that opening a thrift store would not work due to a lack of proper space at an affordable monthly rate after speaking with other already existing thrift stores and researching store rentals in the area. Was then tasked to see whether weekly flea markets could operate only to discover that it was not feasible due to the inability to find the right space to have something like that.
Helped design a promotional brochure for a freelance writer and editor who was getting back into her field after having to take a temporary leave due to health problems.
I worked for an artist cooperative which had a storefront that sold arts and crafts made by local artisans. I provided the store with some of my handcrafted merchandise and I operated the cash register. Unfortunately the store opened around the same time as the economic meltdown in 2008 and business slowed down so much that the store had to close.
I earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Journalism and a minor in Government and Politics.
It's a course on how to market and distribute your ebook online.
It's an online course on how to publish your own ebook online to various publishers like Amazon, Smashwords, and Draft2Digital.
It's a basic introduction course on how to create and publish your own ebook online.
It's the basics of the popular marketing email site Mailchimp.
The online course gave tips on how to improve your blog in order to attract more readers.
I learned the basics of SketchBook, a graphics program for both Macintosh and Windows that Autodesk gives away for free on its website.
It was an explanation on how to market products and ideas that are "cool" and it showed how ambivalent the term "cool" really because what is considered "cool" for one person may be something that someone else may not like at all.
I had heard a lot of hype about UX/UI design and I was curious to see what it was about. This short course provided the basics on what is UX/UI, the various career fields related to UX/UI, what type of additional schooling or training is needed, and the prospects of getting a job in anything related to UX/UI.
I took a short course in how to promote my creative works online using the popular social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
I took an online course in how to use humor when making business presentations in such a way that won't offend others and will make your presentation stand out from the others.
I took an online course in how to write a resume that will attract the attention of recruiters and hiring managers.
I took an online course in how to write for LinkedIn's Pulse blog and get noticed.
I took a basic course in using LinkedIn in order to improve my profile on that platform.
I took a general marketing course online.
I took a refresher course in how to speak Spanish because I was getting increasingly rusty with the Spanish I took in college.
Learned how to engage in social media marketing using Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress.
I took an online class on YouTube.
- Data Entry
- Word Processing
- Microsoft Office Suite
- Google Docs
- Google Sheets
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Illustrator
- Autodesk SketchBook
- Apple Macintosh
- Microsoft Windows
I work the concession stand for the non-profit theater in exchange for a free ticket along with a small popcorn and soda. I basically serve whatever the patron orders.
A timebank is one where you provide your services for someone else and you get rewarded in timebank hours. When you need services, you can exchange your accumulated timebank hours in order to get services. The idea is that people do work for each other without exchanging money. You can learn more about timebanking as a concept at: https://timebanks.org/what-is-timebanking/
I teach English to recent immigrants using a curriculum that was developed by Intercambio. It's a very rewarding volunteer stint because the immigrants are highly motivated to learn.
The Greenbelt Makerspace is one of the many makerspaces that have sprung up in the U.S. over the last few years and it's involved with STEM/STEAM related activities. (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math while the additional "A" in STEAM stands for Art.) I'm involved with the Animation and Video meetup that takes place each Sunday. I'm also involved with Fiber Fans (which is a knitting, crocheting, and sewing group) and I'm currently in the process of starting a musicians group.
I was interviewed for Art Lives Here, which is the official website of the Gateway Arts District of Prince George's County.
I've done some consulting work on the side where I've showed people (mainly the elderly) how to use their smartphones and computers.