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Karn - Graphic Designer - Gravesend, England, UK

Nicola Karn

Gravesend, England, UK

Summary

I'm a Graphic Designer, Event Organiser, Independant Distributor and not afraid of hard work, I will take my hand to most things. I am hard working, dedicated, trustworthy, reliable, and will always try my best to achieve the desired result. A highly experienced and qualified professional who repeatedly delivers to a high quality, accurately and demanding timescale, having gained these skills throughout 15 years of experience in the working environment. I will take these skills to any work I do.

In my Graphic Design business, I can do brochures, leaflets, magazines, journals, business literature - business cards, compliments slips, letterheads etc including all branding. I can also design your website.

In my work for Forever Living I can help you build a business for yourself, but not by yourself, Forever Living has Aloe Vera based products for health, nutrition, wellbeing, beauty, pampering. Whether you are a few weeks old or 100 years old, you can use our products. We source our ingredients from natural sources to give you the best on your skin. Our Aloe is cold pressed giving you active Aloe so your skin is getting the Aloe as if it was from the plant itself.

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Services

Graphic Designer

Summary:

Design and layout articles for print;
Reconciled all electronic design files with researchers / editors / expectations, and press production;
Liasing with the Design Manager and Researchers to deliver design brief in a timely manner;
Responsibility for creating and amending existing templates appropriately;
Working to tight deadlines often with many projects at once;
Designing Adverts, Logos, Leaflets, Booking Forms, Business Cards to the clients requirement;
Assume a proactive approach to the identification and acquisition of new business;
General office duties including invoicing and statement producing;
Following each piece of work ensuring the client is happy with all the work produced;
Liasing with the client / printer to produce the required work.

Work History

Merhandiser / IBST

OCS

From September 2011

Responsibility sorting and packing stock ready for shipping out; Processing paperwork; Liaising with the Project Manager, Duty Manager and store staff; Using specialist computer software B&Q and Microsoft for sending out stock.

Event Organiser

Self Employed

From January 2011

Producing detailed proposals for events (e.g. timelines, venues, suppliers and budgets); Agreeing to and managing a budget; Securing and booking a suitable venue or location; Ensuring insurance, legal, health and safety obligations are adhered to; Planning room layouts; Selling exhibition space to potential exhibitors.

Owner and Manager

Kent Klear Window Cleaning Services

From January 2011

Variuos roles

Ash Employment Services

September 2010 - December 2010

Data Entry; Telesales incoming and outgoing; Administration duties, general filing, letter writing; Envelope filling.

Designer

Self Employed - Purple Scorpion Designs

From August 2008

Designing Adverts, Logos, Leaflets, Booking Forms, Business Cards to the clients requirement; Assume a proactive approach to the identification and acquisition of new business; General office duties including invoicing and statement producing; Following each piece of work ensuring the client is happy with all the work produced; Liasing with the client / printer to produce the required work.

Business Developer

Self Employed - Forever Living Products

From February 2007

Building relationships with clients; Assume a proactive approach to the identification and acquisition of new business; Calling customers ensuring they are happy with their products; Attending trainings to become more knowledgeable about the products; Liasing with the client, listening to their needs to be able to unerstand what products will best suit them.

Owner and Designer

Purple Scorpion Designs

From January 2007

Designer

NFER

November 2001 - March 2010

Design and layout internal reading, answer and instruction booklets from brief; Reconciled all electronic design files with researchers expectations, and press production; Liasing with the Design Manager and Researchers to deliver design brief in a timely manner; Responsibility for creating and amending existing templates appropriately; Working to tight deadlines often with many projects at once; Administration duties including, audio typing, writing letters, data entry.

Page Designer

Vie Magazines Ltd

March 2000 - March 2001

Design and layout of editorial pages; Creating and designing advertisements when required; Contribute to regular creative meetings with new ideas and concepts; Maintaining Corporate Identity appropriately; To support the Sales Team with technical queries when required.

Office Manager

M&L Services

July 1999 - January 2000

Taking calls from customers regarding faults on their laundry equipment; Allocating engineers jobs for the day; Liasing with engineers regarding the customer faults and jobs for the day; Ordering parts for the engineers; General administration.

Supervisor

Alldays

June 1994 - April 2001

Keyholder; Serving and answering customer enquiries; Merchandising and stock rotation; Cash handling; Processing sales at the end of shifts using company software.

Independant Distributor

Forever Living Products - Nicola Karn

Trainee Pre Press Operator

DWS Print Services

Solving problems by liasing with Clients and suppliers as required; Meeting clients to discuss their needs; Initiates printing production by transmitting files; Preparing printing plates by separating colours; operating plate making systems; Maintaining prepress files by filing and retrieving layouts; Liasing with the Design Manager and Clients to deliver design brief within the deadline.

Projects

Cover picture

A thank you goes out to Jenny Rollo for the use of her picture. C Jenny Rollo.

Managing the Window Cleaners

This work also means that I manager a team of window cleaners that cover areas of the South East. These teams need up to date paperwork of our current customers, along with the relevant information as to how they pay so they know whether to take cash on the day, leave a payment slip with the relevant information on and / or an envelope to allow them to pay by cheque. Ensuring they have all they need to complete their work.

Collecting Cash payments

4 times a month, I go to the regular customers that pay by cash to collect their payment for that months clean. Sometimes this results in Customer Service enquiries and issues which I have to deal with and require delicate handling if a customer is not particularly happy with a part of the service. This also involves allows us to talk to customers to ensure they are still happy with the service whether they have made a comment or not. A face to face approach to ensure the customer is still happy I have found is the best way to deal with a customer.

ASH

At Ash Employment Services I was temporarily based in a role which involved inputting data from the data given on worksheets, envelope filling and processing paperwork. This involved working on software I hadn't previously used before.

NFER

At NFER I was involved with inputting data from childrens test papers based on the markers markings depended on the data I was to input. This was involving papers from across the board of different disciplines and different ages. This also involved working on software I hadn't previously used before.

Supervisor

As a Supervisor my responsibilities increased and I was also responsible as a keyholder, opening and closing the store sometimes with little notice; merchandising and ordering stock; processing sales at the end of shifts using company software.

Sales Assistant

As a Sales Assistant I was serving and answering customer enquiries; stocking shelves and applying stock rotation; cash handling and taking card payments; cleaning shelves and floors; taking fridge temperatures.

IBST

This work involved counting stock and sending it out to various warehouses or stores.

The stock would be set aside for when I started work, I would count the stock, work out exactly what was to be sent where using a hand held device to determine exactly what the store wanted me to do with it. Then I would package it all up, attaching the various labels and paperwork relevant for it to then be collected at a later date. This information I then had to upload to the various systems and email addresses which needed it.

This involved working with the relevant managers and staff to ensure the work was completed, using focus and concentration.

Stocktaking

I have been stocktaking with OCS for over a year now. This has involved me going in to various stores of various brands all over the South East. This work has been day or night work. I have done 3 - 12 hour shifts, and the work has to be completed until the work is done. Using software I have not used before I have to count the various stock involved, sometimes whole stores of just relevant sections. These counts are important to knowing exactly what the store currently stocks. So precise numbers are imperative, as is concentration and focus.

Comfort Zone

While working with this company I have been able on many occasions to get out of my Comfort Zone. This has given me the ability to push myself to levels I never thought possible. I have talked to strangers, approached businesses as a business person myself, been on recruitment drives and exhibitions, with the confidence in my work to carry out my task without worrying what they think of me. This was just not in my experience until this opportunity came along.

Support Example

While one of my colleagues was going through a difficult personal issue, I was in a position to give her the time and space she needed before she was in a position to get back to work. There was no need have meetings to discuss why she was not at work, to fill in forms to explain her absense. People need to be given time to sort out their personal issues not to be reprimanded for their absense.

The Department Store

I designed this logo for 'The Department Store' which is a facebook group which is helping small businesses build a profile. This logo represents many businesses under one roof. Just like a Deparment Store in a high street. The logo was created to allow for the variable stores and products, along with a fresh and unique approach to the businesses under the banner of the Department Store.

Maple Logo and Flyer

This card is used to promote the work of Anne Maple, a gardener in the South East London area. I designed the logo as well as the card.

Qualifications & Certifications

HND in Graphic Design

Kent Institute of Art and Design

Northfleet School For Girls

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