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Summuray

I am a creative person with excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. I have over 6 years of experience in customer service, business development, marketing, advertising, Social Media management, content creation and community development. Through my international work experiences in countries like Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Malawi, I have developed a strong passion and love for helping people achieve their goals as I participated in programs where we worked with people in small villages teaching them English, business skill and self-reliance principles.

With-In the past 2 years I've also had the opportunity to travel to different countries, start a personal blog and partner in a motivation channel on YouTube and through this side projects I have developed skills such as networking, problem-solving, thinking out of the box, time management, remote working and good communication, which have helped me learn how to work both independently and within a team structure. I thrive in innovative or fast-paced environments, especially when working with people from different background or cultures and I adjust well in all kinds of environments. 

Work History

2016Present

Fonder/Editor

Melek Lifestyle Blog
  • overseeing the layout, appearance and content of all articles
  • generating ideas for weekly content
  • commissioning articles from guest bloggers 
  • editing and re-writing articles, some of which may be rejected or returned to the writer for revision
  • overseeing artwork, design and photography for the features section of the blog
  • attending photo shoots
  • organizing meetings with writers and artists to discuss ideas for artwork, layout and features
  • understanding and complying with media law and industry ethical guidelines
  • selecting feature articles for each week
  • sending out briefs to guest writers, which can include word count, deadline, and writing style
  • raising the profile of the blog
  • networking with others at industry events
2017Present

Co-founder/ Blogger  

Inspired By Love Blog 
  • Responsible for daily posts to all social media outlets
  • Create stylish content for multiple social channels
  • Maintain video upload process and YouTube page
  • Write SEO-friendly content for landing pages and perform basic keyword research
  • Company advocate in social media spaces, engaging in dialogues and answering questions where appropriate
  • Identify opportunities to guest blog and invite guest bloggers to participate
  • Regularly provide feedback on insights gained from social media monitoring (Facebook Insights, etc.)
  • Continuously monitor social media trends and tools for changes that affect our competitive landscape
  • Use alerts, search and other tools to monitor for mentions
2016Present

Freelance Social Media Manager

 
  • Develops content and campaigns for social channels to increase engagement and brand awareness.
  • Drives revenue through paid and organic social media promotions.
  • Maintains a brand presence in social media, responding to comments and managing guest experience by offering advice, answering questions and addressing customer service issues.
  • Analysing metrics and manage budgets to track success and meet goals.
  • Utilise a variety of social media platforms like Facebook,  Twitter,  Instagram, Pinterest and other tools for optimal community management, content delivery and reporting.
Oct 2014Mar 2016

Business Development Manager

Serendipity Group
  • Cold calls daily within the market or geographic area to ensure a robust pipeline of opportunities.
  • Identify potential clients, and the decision makers within the client organisations.
  • Present new products and services and enhance existing relationships.
  • Submit weekly progress reports and ensure data is accurate.
  • Ensure that data is accurately entered and managed within the company’s CRM or other sales management system.
Feb 2013Agu 2014

Facilitator   

LDS Seminaries

This is a  four-year educational program for youth ages 14 through 18. We meet every morning at 5:30 am to 6:30 am for an hour to discuss issues that affect the youth around the world. My job was to teach lessons and principles that will assist them as they face such challenges. I mostly focused on cultivating a loving, respectful, and purposeful environment in the classroom.

  • planning, preparing and delivering lessons
  • preparing teaching materials
  • helping pupils improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills via individual and group sessions
  • checking and assessing pupils' work
  • organizing and running specialist courses
  • attending social events
May 2010Jan 2012

Business and Entrepreneurial facilitator   

Self-Reliance Program

I worked as a Self-reliance Special in a Poverty Alleviation unit. I mostly worked with those that needed employment and self-reliance resources. Through that, I would connect job seekers with relevant resources such as company, people or organizations that are able to help them become more self-reliant. But my main focus was on holding training workshops that focused on educating them. I run 5 workshops namely:
• My path to self-reliance
• My foundation: Principles, skills and Habits
• My job search
• Education for better work
• Starting and growing my business. 
Each class lasted 2 hours and they attended it once a week for 12 weeks. 

Education

Jun 2015Present

Bachelor of Commerce Degree

Regent Business School

This qualification focuses on the development of entrepreneurial behaviour in a much wider sense than normally understood. It aims at delivering management graduates who will add value by acting entrepreneurially not only as possible new venture creators but also as employees in managerial or other capacities, in any organisation, be it business, government, non-governmental, in education, politics or sport.

Nov 2015Jan 2016

Social Media in Public Relations

National University Of Singapore (Online)

We embark on a journey into the realm of social media in public relations and explored the dynamics and management of social media and how it has changed public relations. We examine the impact of digital influence, the relationship between traditional and social media as well as some of the pitfalls in the use of social media. We also learned how to cultivate and manage relationships in social media, engage the online community, and plan and manage online content. We also take a look at some ways to measure and evaluate social media campaigns.

Jul 2014Dec 2014

The Science of Everyday Thinking

The University Of Queensland (Online)

We explore everyday thinking: why people believe weird things, how we form and change our opinions, why our expectations skew our judgment and how we can make better decisions. We discussed and debated topics such as medical diagnosis, paranormal phenomena, placebos, miracles, and more. We learn how to evaluate claims, make sense of evidence, and understand why we so often make irrational choices. This helped us to begin to rely on slow, effortful, deliberative, analytic, and logical thinking rather than fast, automatic, instinctive, emotional, and stereotypical thinking. The course provided tools for how to think independently, how to be sceptical, and how to value data over personal experience. We examined the mental shortcuts and rules-of-thumb that people use and misuse and applied this knowledge to everyday situations to help make better decisions.

Jan 2014Jun 2014

Entrepreneur 101: Who is your customer?

MIT (Online)

This was an entrepreneurship course. Every class session was an in-depth and focused case study of MIT entrepreneurs from areas as diverse as mobile applications, 3D printing, power electronics, international development, and watchmaking.

We learned, through the stories of MIT entrepreneurs, how to go from idea or technology to the necessary understanding of who and why people will want to buy your product. Course assignments were real-life exercises that guided us through a series of concrete, practical, and effective steps that helped us make our idea very real.

Skills

Team Management 

I have the ability to delegate to a team, motivate a team, develop a team, communicate with a team, and manage a team.

Time Management 

I have the ability to creating schedules for the day/week/month, allocating time according to the task at hand, and breaking projects into manageable segments, then overseeing the entire process to confirm the plan is working.

Project Management 

I have the ability to plan, organize, budget, and manage the resources at hand.

Analytic & Research

I have the ability to assess a situation, seek multiple perspectives, gather more information if necessary, and identify key issues that need to be addressed are critically important.

Volunteer Work

March 2014-2016  Pretoria Self-Reliance Director (Poverty Alleviation)

Self-reliance focuses on workshop which helps community members have a balanced life, through (1) education, (2) health, (3) employment and starting a business, (4) family home production and storage, (5) family finances, and (6) spiritual strength.

October 2015-March 2016 Young  Adult Pretoria City  Representative  (Young Professional Program) 

Providing adequate training programs for Young Adults between the ages of 18-30 years, expressing the concerns of the Young Adult, and serving as a mentor to young adults so that they will become active members in different programs provided. This also includes establishing partnerships with different auxiliaries which service Youth and Young Adults.

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