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Last up-dated 2016 09 15

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~ Bill Hanson ~


Administration Computers Multi-Tasking Sales
Bookkeeping Creative Thinking Organizing Supervision
Communications Customer Service Phone Skills Marktng & Promo
  Writing Research  


Most of my employment and self-employment over a 50+ year working life has involved a variety of administrative and/or clerical functions as an employee, a manager or an owner of businesses in a number of different industries.   In these various capacities I have: 

  • Gathered, organized, filed, presented and utilized a wide variety of types of information for an equally wide variety of purposes.

  • Set, market tested and reevaluated product & service pricing.

  • Maintained stock records and designed stock control systems.

  • Processed sales orders from sign-up to follow-up and shipping.

  • Made collections of accounts receivables for my own businesses and for employers.

  • Designed (or redesigned), implemented and maintained files, forms, procedures and systems for my own businesses and for others.

  • Maintained operational clerical functions such as stock control, ordering, staff schedules and records for employers.

  • Designed & implemented a "Free Market" operational system for an auction house.

  • Prepared reports, grant applications and business plans.

  • Prepared & maintained schedules for people, activities & events.

  • Kept track of multiple tasks as they progressed from planning, development, implementation and maintenance to assessment and response.

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Graduated second in my class from 2 years of high school bookkeeping.  Since 1971 I have maintained my own books for variety of businesses and projects and since 1996 I have been keeping books for private clients in a variety of industries using the programs listed under "Computer Skills".

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I have strong written and verbal language skills which have been of great value to me in working with staff, clientele, associates and the public to:

  • Build communication bridges between people with conflicting perceptions, positions or purposes.

  • Participate in wide ranging discussions in a way that insures that I understand the other participants and that they understand me.

  • Present ideas and information when interviewed by broadcast or print media.

  • Serve as a company or organizational spokesperson.

  • Create win/win agreements.

  • Function as an effective information clearing centre between individuals and organizations; employees and employers; tenants and landlord, customers and company.

  • Keep client complaints and problems at a minimum during times of fundamental change.

  • Listen carefully to those who wish to communicate with me.


I am substanially above average in computer literacy and competent to varying degrees in using a wide variety of types of programs and I am capable of learning new ones quickly.   

  • Bookkeeping - I have maintained accurate sets of books from setup to year end for my own businesses and for clients using the Quicken, Quick Books and Simply Accounting programs for IBM/Windows and can be up-to-speed on any comparable program in short order.

  • Databases - I have had substantial experience in setting-up and using MS Word tables and Excel spreadsheets to fulfill basic database functions and I have had enough experience with a number of generations of database programs such as AppleWorks, Prodox, Lotus Smartsuite and Access to know that I can ascend my learning curve quickly when setting up relatively a simple to intermediate database in a new program.

  • Spreadsheets - I have setup and used complex, multi-variable spreadsheets for my own business projects and for others.

  • Graphics - I have varying degrees of knowledge of graphics programs such as Paint Shop Pro, PhotoShop, CorelDraw, FireWorks and Illustrator

  • Desktop PublishingI have experience in design and layout of a wide variety of printed materials originally in Pagemaker and most recently in MS Word plus some in InDesign. 

  • Word Processing - Extensive experience with MS Word (and its open source clones) and enough experience with a variety of other Apple and IBM environment WP programs to know that I can adapt to new programs in that genre quickly.  

  • E-mail Campaigns - I am experienced to varying degrees in Internet research, lead generation, database development, writing e-mails and implementing mass campaigns. 

  • Web Sites - I register, host, build and maintain web sites as sole proprietor of WebEasy Services

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My favorite pastime is creating new things to do and new ways to do things.   I bring unique perspectives, a lively imagination and broad experience to any team effort to create products, services, methods, solutions, goals or opportunities.  I particularly enjoy BrainDancing as a member of a creative team seeking new ways to do things and/or or new things to do.

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Most of my employment and self-employment has involved customer service as a worker, owner and/or manager in the transport, hospitality, sales, entertainment and business service industries.    In these various positions I have:

  • Provided service to customers at their convenience.

  • Dealt responsibly, effectively and considerately with a wide variety of customer concerns.

  • Resolved customer complaints and fulfilled their requests to their satisfaction in a manner compatible with company interests.

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For my own businesses and those of others I have:

  • Designed, produced and distributed posters, brochures and other promotional materials.

  • Compiled, edited and distributed both print and e-mail newsletters.

  • Developed and maintained customer and special interest mailing lists.

  • Created & planned marketing and promo programs and events.

  • Arranged pre- and post-event media coverage.

  • Researched, planned and implemented marketing strategies.

  • Researched, designed, developed and implemented mass e-mail and fax campaigns.

  • Created unique promotional tools.

  • Handled advertising from design to distribution.

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My varied employment history has made me very flexible.  For example...as a print jobber I successfully juggled cold calls, follow-ups, closes and servicing of sales to a wide variety of clients plus the researching and utilization of the many services of six to twelve different printers while processing and tracking anywhere from ten to thirty printing jobs in varying stages of progress at any one time.

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At various times, in various capacities I have organized paper files, computer files, archives, inventory, shipments, supplies, schedules, premises, retail displays, exhibits, moves, freight trains, sales routes, data, information, services, promotional campaigns, events, kitchens, stages, entertainment, audiences, trades people, businesses, staff, the public and myself.

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My telephone skills are highly developed.  It is a primary communication tool for cold calls, sales, organization, research, customer service, promotions and networking.

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I enjoy the process of research.  I have researched information, opportunities, feasibility's, resources,  systems,  laws, markets, services, products, competition, industries, people and organizations...by making use of libraries, specialty publications, government services, telephones, personal  networking and the Internet.  I always assume that any people I contact with questions like to be helpful and they usually prove me right.

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While I can sell reasonably well I am better at initiating the sales process than I am at closing it.  I am most effective in a sales team with someone else doing the closing while I take responsibility for cold contacts and lead generation.   My sales experience includes selling liquor, films, rental accommodation, candles, signs, entertainment, printing, advertising, arts & crafts and business services.

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I have interviewed, hired, trained, directed, supervised, motivated, disciplined and occasionally fired staff as a manager of businesses owned by others and as the owner of my own businesses. I have been responsible for the activities and results of as few as one other person and as many as 20.  I have supervised casual help, clerical staff, cleaning crews, sales people, tradesmen, cooks, servers and entertainers. I have done so in auction houses, offices, commercial buildings, retail outlets, renovation sites, restaurants, nightclubs and concert halls.

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Writing is an integral part of who I am.  I write to organize myself, to inform others, to promote ideas and to save valuable knowledge for the future.   I have written songs, poetry, advertising copy, business letters, reports, grant applications, business plans, game rules, web site content, articles and promotional materials.  I am capable of editing the works of others as well as ghostwriting for them or of writing original material on order to fill a specific purpose on their behalf.

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