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  1. Chris Appleford

    Chris Appleford

    Writer and Editor

    Australia - Last active: 2 days ago - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 1

    I have many years experience writing for websites, both in my professional life working at national and international sporting organisations in the NRL, Super Rugby and Cricket Australia; and my own personal website - www.travellingapples.com. Since joining oDesk I have written for clients in a wide variety of industries including automotive, retail, health and fitness, real estate, sport and education. As you can see from my ratings and comments I am more than capable of producing high quality work across a wide range of areas. I have a Bachelor of Education Degree and was a schoolteacher for five years before embarking on a nine year career working in professional sport as a media manager, digital media manager and General Manager of Communications. I then started my own business from scratch, which was a first for me, before selling it to help fund my family's current global nomadic adventure. I also have extensive experience managing social media platforms, particularly Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I established the Melbourne Storm's social media platforms, building the Facebook following to over 110,000. I was also contracted by Etihad Stadium in Melbourne in 2013 to establish their social media presence, with particular focus on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, with huge success.

    $38.89 /hr
    628 hours
    5.00
  2. Preston H.

    Preston H.

    20+ years expert SQL database designer preferring MySQL and PHP.

    United States - Last active: 11 hours ago - Tests: 48 - Portfolio: 4

    I am one of the top database design specialists on Upwork. My sophisticated hand-crafted database design will save your organization significant time and money. I am a serious professional with over 20 years of experience as a programmer and database specialist. My emphasis has been on creating elegant SQL database design integrated with user-friendly front-end software (desktop and web applications). I have worked mainly as a database designer, programmer and database administrator for bioinformatics, biochemistry, molecular biology, and biomedical research applications. I also have extensive experience programming database-centric software (websites, web applications, desktop applications) for publishing, business, financial, personnel and other purposes. One of the things I enjoy most is creating database schemas which make sense for both programmers and non-programmers, designing with an eye toward flawless data integrity, maximum maintainability and optimal performance. I love crafting websites and web applications which perform with shocking speed. It makes for a better experience for users, developers and administrators. My expertly designed database systems - with well-written queries, intelligently chosen indices, and sensible caching strategies - can easily perform 10 to 100 times faster (using the same underlying hardware). My emphasis when working with clients is on their data and system usability, not specific trends or technologies. But in case you're wondering about some specifics, I strongly believe that the database data should be integrated with but also somewhat independent from a presentation/application layer. Data in the database should be easily accessible from one or many different applications built using one or multiple different technologies. Currently I favor PHP/JavaScript/HTML5 for web applications, RealBasic/Real Studio/Xojo for cross-platform applications [Mac OS X/Windows/Linux], Xcode for Mac OS X-only/iOS applications, Visual Studio for Windows desktop applications. I prefer using MySQL for back-end RDBMS, but I also use Oracle, Microsoft MS SQL Server, PostgreSQL and SQLite on a regular basis. If your data and information organization is already in great shape, and if you are satisfied with how your database-integrated software and website performs, then you probably don't need a high-end expert like me. I can make routine modifications, add to well-crafted existing systems, etc. But so can many other people. But if you're just getting started on a new system that you want done right, or if you suspect your database website programming strategy needs an overhaul, then I can get you on the right track in a short amount of time. * * * * * * * * Let me mention a few of the client-friendly policies and practices I apply with all my clients. I don't do these things to distinguish myself from other contractors. (I would hope they all do the same.) I do these simply because this is how I would want to be treated if I was the client: - You don't need to have your own web servers; I can host development and/or live production work on my own high-capacity servers. - I don't mind working on a client's servers, or doing dev work on my servers and transfering finished work to client's servers. - I do not charge clients any fees for hosting their websites or software systems, or for moving their websites or software systems elsewhere. - I provide clients with root log-in access to all the work I do for them; you are welcome to log into the server (cPanel, FTP, and phpMyAdmin) at any time and copy or back-up or move any work I do for you. - If I am working for you, all work product, all source code, all database design belongs to you. Always. Period. - I am happy to work with you and/or other programmers you enlist to work on a project; I am happy to pass off development work. - I do not provide mysterious "black box" solutions. I am happy to have you look under the hood at everything I do. You don't need to know anything at all about the inner workings of a system. Or you're welcome to ask about the most intricate details. - If we're developing a system from scratch, I prefer to do so using very widely-available technologies (PHP/MySQL/JavaScript/HTML5) which you can hire countless other people to work on if you decide to have other developers work on your system. - Do not be embarrassed to ask ANY question! I enjoy working with clients who have zero technical know-how in programming/databases/etc., partially because I appreciate their expertise in OTHER fields (real estate, art, medicine, law, science, civics, etc.) If you already know everything about databases and programming you probably wouldn't need me, would you?

    $82.00 /hr
    491 hours
    4.99
  3. Stephen L Vernon

    Stephen L Vernon

    Experienced writer,actor,voice artist and improv comedian.

    United States - Last active: 1 day ago - Tests: 7 - Portfolio: 14

    I have over twenty years experience in customer service, Arts administration, teaching, voice-over work, management, creative writing, non-profit work, improvisational comedy and public speaking. I hold two BA degrees, one in Communication Studies and one in Theater Performance, and also a Masters degree in Liberal Studies/Interdisciplinary Studies. I have taught privately, in the NC school system and also as an adjunct professor (during which time I served on various thesis committees). Presently I serve as the Artistic Director of a non-profit theater company.I have also been the co-company manager of an improv comedy group for the last 20 years. I have numerous years experience writing press releases, forming curriculum, training employees, leading group activities and workshops (corporate and public sector) and also managed a retail establishment for 5 years. I am comfortable working as part of a team or on my own, and have a strong work ethic, accompanied by a professional attitude and good time management skills. Along with my "real world" experience, I have been a director of plays and variety shows for over 20 years, and have directed casts of over 100 people on quite a few occasions. I have strong leadership skills, enjoy helping others reach their goals and an active imagination that I enjoy applying to projects. I have also organized several fund raisers and charitable events. Regardless of the work setting, whether customer service, writing, management or performance, I posess the ability to be creative and have relied upon my ability to think "outside the box" to the benefit of myself and my employers. I also have a strong sense of humor (which goes a long way towards avoiding experiencing or causing stress!). I enjoy researching and am a quick study of disciplines that are new to me. I have, for the last 8 years, also been a privately contracted in-bound phone call service agent. I am comfortable dealing with situations that require discretion, and am detail oriented. Please feel free to contact me about "unusual" jobs as well (legal of course!). Thank you for reading my profile, hope to hear from you!

    $55.56 /hr
    85 hours
    5.00
  4. Karl G.

    Karl G.

    Resume Writer / Career Consultant

    Canada - Last active: 11 hours ago - Tests: 3 - Portfolio: 4

    PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY Commanding and Articulate Career Transition Consultant with proven ability to engage junior to executive candidates in all facets of job search. Delivering training 1 on 1 or to groups of up to 5000, live or through web-based platforms. Diverse business experience as manager, director, partner and entrepreneur. “Making the complicated simple” ∙ Career change strategies ∙ Resume writing / editing ∙ Cover letters ∙ Social media profile development ∙ Networking skills ∙ Interviewing techniques ∙ Offer negotiation TECHNICAL SKILLS ∙ Proficient in all facets of Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint, Adobe Connect, LiveMeeting, JoinMe, Global Meet, LinkedIn and Workfolio

    $45.00 /hr
    31 hours
    5.00
  5. William Sumner

    William Sumner

    Freelance Blogger and Journalist

    United States - Last active: 15 days ago - Tests: 7

    William Sumner is a freelance blogger, journalist, and copy writer. He is a regular contributor to Marijuana Investor News; and his work has been shared on The American Cultivator and Ganajpreneur. When he is not working, William enjoys playing piano, brushing his luxurious beard, and going to the beach with his dogs.

    $50.00 /hr
    75 hours
    5.00
  6. Isabelle Allard

    Isabelle Allard

    Experienced Webmaster/Web editor/writer/Copywriter/Proofreader/

    Sweden - Last active: 1 day ago - Tests: 6 - Portfolio: 3

    I am French (bilingual italian) and I have been living in Sweden since 2011. I am currently looking for new missions corresponding to my experience either as a Writer/ Webmaster/Copywriter/Proofreader or translator /SEO translator. After an extensive period of training (in Languages, Literature and Multimedia), I have been working for the last 15 years in the Web sector where I held several different positions (webmaster/web editor/writer/proofreader/copywriter). Over the years, I had to face the permanent challenge of adapting my work to ever changing demands from clients while staying as close as possible to the fast-moving requirements of the media sector. This challenge gave me the opportunity to develop and deepen my skills further allowing me to match as closely as possible the ever demanding needs of the sector. Thus, my skills have become over time more technical and graphic-oriented, although the text itself has remained at the core of my work. A genuine sensitivy for literary work - and more generally literature - meant that my professional work has always been guided by a true concern for rigour and conciseness. Finally, I had throughout my life the opportunity to live in different countries and to evolve in various cultural environments. This gave me an ability to adapt quickly to people as well as circumstances and to develop the open-mindedness required in today’s multicultural world.

    $33.33 /hr
    1,114 hours
    4.79
  7. Can Shen

    Can Shen

    Expert English-Chinese translator

    China - Last active: 9 days ago - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 1

    English to Chinese translator with quality and speed: * 100% human translation; * Have been translating over three million units for lots of transnational corporations involving numerous fields including science, IT, aviation, education, books, website, business, petroleum, marketing, news, etc.; * IELTS 8.0, got 1st place (5 score out of 5) in the "English to Mandarin translation" test; * Worked as a full-time translator in a top 10 China Translation Service for three years. Freelancer since 2014; * Clients are my top priority, and your satisfaction is what drives me. I can adapt quickly to any guidelines, demands, technologies, etc.; * Great at communication and attention to detail.

    $33.33 /hr
    459 hours
    5.00
  8. Nicole Ratcliff

    Nicole Ratcliff

    Public Relations expert with 10 years exp

    United States - Last active: 4 days ago - Tests: 1

    I am interested in utilizing my experience and knowledge in the Public Relations fields of material creation and writing, press release drafting and distribution, event planning, media relations, brand expansion and management and if needed crisis communications. I have 10 years experience working at public relations firms small and large. My last position was Vice President at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide in Sacramento California. My responsibilities included managing the work on two of the largest infrastructure projects in the United States, the California High Speed Rail project, and a new state agency created to solve the states water problems the Delta Stewardship Council. For the California High-Speed Rail Authority, I managed 10 regional project segments and 72 regional consultants statewide. I was responsible for the review of all public materials to ensure consistency in messaging and presentations made publicly at various meetings taking place each week. Additionally, I managed the education and partnership outreach statewide for the High-Speed Rail project to ensure that the Authority was reaching all communities throughout the state and not just those associated along the project line. 

 Prior to Ogilvy, I worked at KP Public Affairs the largest lobbying firm in California, where in the communications division, I handled the day-to-day operations of several major clients. This included the strategic oversight and program implementation for a statewide coalition "Alliance for a 21st Century Water System" to build consensus around the need for new water storage. In addition to coalition coordination and outreach, I also handled the statewide media outreach on behalf of the coalition and Westlands Water District. 

 Additionally, I served as client leader for a renewable energy company siting projects throughout California, Invenergy LLC and provided media relations support and business and brand communications strategies for clients such as the California Small Business Association and PETCO. In shaping public policy in California, Mrs. Ratcliff was responsible for the statewide communications outreach on behalf of the California Mortgage Bankers Association when the housing crisis began to spur legislative actions against the industry. 
Prior to my work at KP, I worked for almost five years at Burson-Marsteller starting as an intern.

 I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Journalism from California State University, Sacramento.



    $55.56 /hr
    177 hours
    5.00
  9. Alain C.

    Alain C.

    Java, Web and Google Maps Engineer

    United States - Last active: 7 days ago - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 5

    Experienced professional with 6 years of experience of Java/J2EE web projects. I have a good knowledge of Google products and APIs as well (Google Maps, KML/KMZ). I also have a strong testing background (JUnit, JMock, Cobertura, Concordion, Selenium, Webdriver...) and developed a couple of testing frameworks based on these technologies. Specialties include: Java, J2EE, JEE, KML, KMZ, Google, Maps API, Javascript, AJAX, XML, SAX, DOM, JAXB

    Groups: Application Developers Alliance

    $74.00 /hr
    22 hours
    4.91
  10. Antoine Loiselet

    Antoine Loiselet

    Energy Engineer, Bilingual English/French

    France - Last active: 1 month ago - Tests: 11 - Portfolio: 3

    I am a 29 year old Energy Engineer, from France. I have two Master's diplomas in Engineering, including a successful semester spent abroad in Australia. My work experience ranges from R&D Photovoltaic Engineering in Germany, to consulting for NGOs throughout the world, as well as extensive volunteering. Most of my work has been conducted in English, and a lot of it involved communication mixing both French and English. I am a self-taught person with interests in diverse subjects, such as sailing voyages, permaculture, cooking, diving, and developing my electric bike. I developed a strong command of both French and English through years of reading, learning, and living abroad. Additionally, I have studied English/French translation as a compulsory element of my graduate education. For these reasons, I sometimes offer my services as a translator or content-writer. As a professional engineer and consultant, I always make sure that my clients are getting above and beyond what they expect within the allotted time frame. I am currently developing a community-based project involving the reuse of LiCo batteries. Thus, working online is a perfect opportunity for me to be able to acquire enough capital to kickstart my new venture.

    $40.00 /hr
    55 hours
    5.00