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Hi there!

My name is Erik and I am currently working as a communications adviser in the Norwegian Armed Forces. I have previously worked as a PR Consultant at the Oslo-based agency Arctic Public Relations. There, I was a PR all-rounder currently handling several of the agency's largest clients, among them some of the leading Norwegian and international brands. I also have public relations experience from the London-based agency Me:Mo Interactive and MSLGROUP's Oslo office.

I graduated from the University of Oregon on Monday, June 13, 2010, with Bachelor degrees in both Public Relations and Magazine Journalism. I also have a Certificate in Film Studies from Oregon. 

Having worked in the Armed Forces, obtained two Bachelor's degrees from the University of Oregon's highly regarded School of Journalism and Communication, and worked in the public relations industry in both London and Norway, I believe my varied and international background is unique to my person.

Work experience

Aug 2014Present

Communications adviser

The Norwegian Armed Forces/The LOS Program

Planning and implementation of communication activities for the Armed Forces.

May 2012Jul 2014

PR consultant

Arctic PR
  • Account managemet for several of the agency's largest clients; also writing press releases, newsletters and customer publications; implementing campaigns; socia media; reporting; and media outreach.
  • Handling and developing Arctic PR's social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google +, and Instagram.
Jan 2011Apr 2012

Principal

The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration
  • Processing applications from people applying for work assessment allowance.
    • Work assessment allowance is meant to secure you income in a transitional period when you, because of illness or damage, are in need of work related measures, medical treatment or any other follow-up from the Labour and Welfare Administration order to get back to work.
Jun 2011Apr 2012

Freelance

Arctic PR
  • Various assignments, depending on the office's needs - primarily translating, editing and writing press releases.
Jan 2012Mar 2012

Socal Media, Marketing and PR Intern

Me:Mo Interactive
  • Me:Mo Interactive is a creative communications agency working primarily with restaurants, but also handles some entertainment projects.
  • I followed up clients’ social media accounts; created social media reports; created company databases; attended events; event preparations; took photos; prepared and attended pitches; and research.
Mar 2011Mar 2011

Freelance

MSLGROUP
  • Created media lists for one of MSL Oslo's clients.
Nov 2010Dec 2010

Intern

MSLGROUP
  • Intern at MLSGROUP's Oslo office.
  • Worked with clients such as Oral-B (Braun), Listerine, Compeed, Quooker and Johnson&Johnson. I wrote press releases; created media lists and media coverage reports; established media and blogger contacts; did interviews; and research.
  • The group is the one of the world's top 5 PR and events networks.
Jun 2008Sep 2009

Summer and Christmas intern

The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration
  • Intern at the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration in Molde, Norway.
  • Processed casework related to work injuries / workers compensation. 
May 2005Aug 2006

Lieutenant, Information Officer

Norwegian Armed Forces Medical Services
  • Responsible for the unit's information strategy and maintenance of the unit's Intranet and Internet pages.
  • User administration of the entire unit's computer system.
  • In 2005, also functioned as operational officer for the unit's Reaction Forces.
  • Also, worked a lot on various projects, such as restructuring the unit in the summer of 2005, and project "Peace Health" from fall 2005 until I left the military in August 2006.
Sep 2004May 2005

Lieutenant, Assistant G-4

Norwegian Armed Forces/National Guard/HV 18
  • Administration of the quartermaster service, billeting and medical material.
  • Responsible for the supply service at HV-18 (Former name of the National Guard unit at the Norwegian/Russian border).
Jul 2003Jun 2004

Sergeant, Unit commander / Section Leader, Service Corps

Norwegian Armed Forces/Army/Division 6/Artillery Battalion
  • Commanded a unit in the Supply platoon and was the leader of the supply section.
  • Responsible for supplying food, water, fuel and other material to the battalion.

Education

References

Paal Espen Hambre, Managing Partner at Arctic PR (former)

Please contact me for his contact information.

Arne Skotte, Major at the Norwegian Armed Forces Medical Services (FSAN)

"Erik completed his service as information officer in a highly satisfactory manner. He has a great capacity for work, is strong professionally, and has a "hang in there" personality that makes it easy for his colleagues to follow his commitment and zeal for getting the job done. His personality, sense of humour and hard work has made the daily work easier for his colleagues. Erik is a conscientious worker, and has FSAN's operations under complete control.

Erik Sørflaten may be given the best recommendations, and is considered highly qualified for further training in the Armed Forces."

Nat Coombs, Founder of Me:Mo Interactive

"Erik is an extremely talented guy, who is quick, calm and thoughtful in his approach to work. His intellect enables him to be extremely flexible in what he does, and such makes him a real asset to his team."

Atle Strøm, Country Manager MSL Oslo (former)

"Erik quickly became familiar with the tasks, and worked efficiently and with great dedication. Erik writes well, and is proactive with respect to new tasks.

Erik was, despite the short time he was with MSL Oslo, an important part of the team.

I wish Erik Sørflaten all the best, and based on my experience through his internship, I give him my best recommendations."

John Mitchell, Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon

"Erik is a serious, mature student who attends class regularly and participates in class discussions, adding positive dimensions to group discourse.

Erik completed his assignments on time and with creativity in a variety of writing formats, and is a very conscientious individual.

With this letter, I would like to recommend Erik for a position in the field of public relations.

Katie Campbell, Adjuct Professor of Journalism at the University of Oregon (former)

"What I appreciate about Erik is his work ethic and willingness to learn. He has high standards in the work he produces. During class critiques he offered constructive feedback to his peers, and always maintained an even temper. He has a calm presence about him, which was a nice addition to the classroom."

Jørgen Johannessen, Captain, Battery Commander in the Artillery Battalion (former)

"Sergeant Erik Sørflaten has completed his compulsory year of duty in a highly satisfactory manner. His technical expertise and leadership have enabled him to achieve excellent results with the supply section. Sørflaten is through his work. He is technically capable and has a mastery of his technical area. During his obligatory year of service the sergeant has performed very well and is a solid officer. The sergeant is regarded as highly suited to further training in the Armed Forces."

Nadine Deidok, Head of Department at NAV Forvaltning Molde

Please contact me for her contact information.

Ketil Fredriksen, Major, G-4 at the National Guard District No. 18 (former)

"The Lieutenant has performed his service in a highly satisfactory manner."

Tom Wheeler, Professor at the University of Oregon.

"Aside from his academic accomplishments, I found Erik to be respectful, pleasant, mature, and dedicated in class. Much of his résumé speaks for itself; as you can see, he has held several jobs and appointments whose responsibilities exceed those of most young men his age.

His communications skills are highly developed, and he is a hard worker. We feel lucky to have had Erik here at the University of Oregon, and I believe you would feel the same way. I recommend him without reservation."

Thomas Hagley, Senior Instructor of Public Relations at the University of Oregon (former)

"Erik's international background gives him a wide-open perspective in discussing issues, problems and situations on many different levels. He has an orientation towards corporate management and business in general. I would expect him to relate well to executive managers and organization leaders. He has the potential to function well as a member of a management team.

It is with a great deal of enthusiasm that I offer this recommendation for Erik Soerflaten."

Alix Leonard-Morgan, PR Director at Me:Mo Interactive (former)

"Erik is extremely hard working and was an absolute pleasure to have in the office. He is professional, ambitious and seemed to have a natural affinity for PR and Social Media, liaising confidently and naturally with contacts at events, which he often helped organise. Erik impressed the whole team with his contribution to new business pitches, coming up with extremely creative and mature ideas for the content. Combining a fantastic sense of humour alongside a genuine desire to learn, I could not recommend Erik highly enough."

Portfolio

CV / Résumé

Skills

Microsoft Outlook
French
I had two years of French in middle school, two years in high school and two years in college.
Social Media
Primarily Facebook and Twitter, but also proficient in blogging, YouTube and similar.
Microsoft Excel
Adobe Photoshop
Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Word
Language: Danish
Because Norwegian is my native language, I can also understand spoken and written Danish and vice versa.
Language: Swedish
Because Norwegian is my native language, I can also understand spoken and written Swedish and vice versa.
Language: English
Language: Norwegian
Native Language.

Interest

Travel, skiing, the outdoors, the entertainment industry (movies and television), popular culture, photography, and hiking.