Matthew Dotson

Matthew Dotson

Work History

Work History
Sep 2011 - Present

Technical Author

SPX Service Solutions

My company, SPX Service Solutions, is contracted by Ford Motor Company to author the workshop manuals for the 2013 vehicle lineup. I work on a team that receives cases about errors in the manuals. I will research, talk to other technical authors, call engineers and consult automotive technicians to make sure my corrections are accurate.

Apr 2012 - Present

Freelance writer

Writing copy for a local Ann Arbor design shop.

Jul 2011 - Sep 2011

Grant Writing Intern

American Red Cross of Washtenaw County

Responsible for conducting the full range of activites required to prepare, submit and manage grant proposals.

Education

Education
Sep 2009 - Apr 2011

Bachelor of Science

Eastern Michigan University
Aug 2007 - May 2009

Associate of Science

Monroe County Community College

I was awarded a full-ride scholarship to perform in the college's wind ensemble. After majoring in electronics for a year, I realized my passion was for words and symbolism, not diodes and capacitors. I made Dean's list 3 out of my 4 semesters there.

Skills

Skills

InDesign

Dreamweaver

Arbortext

Graphic Communication Design

Minored in graphic communication, where I learned the elements of design, typefaces, desktop publishing, organization, photography and web design.   My curriculum included the following classes:   Photography Introduction to Graphic Communication Graphic Communication Desktop Publishing Web Design    

Writing

Majored in professional writing, which combined journalism, public relations and technical writing.   My curriculum included the following classes:   Introduction to Technical Communication Technical Writing Technical Editing Introduction to Journalism Journalism Feature Writing Editorial, Column, and Opinion Writing Introduction to Public Relations Public Relations Writing Feature Writing Senior Seminar in Technical Writing Writing in a Changing World English Composition English Composition II

Summary

I'm a technical writer who's trying to break into the advertising field. I graduated from Eastern Michigan University last April with a B.S. in professional writing and a minor in graphic communication. I am proficient at writing in numerous styles, ranging from journalism, public relations and technical writing, and I've also learned how to write effective documents using my design background.

The switch from technical writer to copywriter is my goal for 2012. I search for and create opportunities for myself everyday. I am persistent and I will use my creativity (and numerous social media sites) to land my first advertising job. As of current, I am writing freelance pieces for a local design shop. 

Objective

Find an entry level copywriting position using creative rhetorical skills.

Interest

Writing, reading, philosophy, brainstorming anything, cooking, travel, nutrition, music, piano, guitar, composing, art, wellness, technology and theatre.