Alex Stefansson is an accomplished writer and photographer.

His debut novel Paradise Squandered was published in September 2012. As a freelance writer, Alex has written a wide variety of articles for the web and print. He has edited and created high-quality content for individuals and businesses. His short story The Empire of the Owl was featured in the first issue of Wrist Magazine. His photographs have won contests.

He has also had to have a day job most of his adult life.

Check out his resume:

Creative and analytical self-starter with multiple college degrees and a unique and versatile skill-set. Talent for quickly mastering technology and learning new skills. Dedicated to continued learning. Demonstrated ability to work well with all types of people. Detail oriented and resourceful in completing tasks. Capabilities include:

• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Proficient with Microsoft Office and most commonly used computer applications.
• Internet and social media savvy.
• Recognized as a strategic thinker and problem-solver among peers and employers.
• Solid leadership experience with strategic planning and execution.
• Creative problem solving.
• Research and analysis.
• Planning and prioritization.
• Networking and rapport building.

Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Interdisciplinary B.A. in Philosophy, Political Science and Economics, 2007
• Focused on political theory, public policy and globalization.
• Active member of the Snowboarding Club and founding member of the Hang Gliding Club.

Edmonds Community College, Edmonds, WA
A.A. in General Studies, 2005
• Focused on business and accounting while exploring numerous academic disciplines.

Professional Experience

Self-Employed, Tacoma, WA
Author, Freelance Writer, Writing Tutor
September 2009 – Present
• Independently wrote, published and marketed a fiction novel, Paradise Squandered, in January, 2013.
• Articles published on Examiner.com were consistently ranked among most popular of the day.
• Provided creative and technical writing assistance and editing to students of all ages.

Lincare Inc., Auburn, WA
Service Representative
June 2012 – October 2012
• Provided excellent customer service to new and existing Lincare patients in person and over the phone.
• Instructed patients in the use of equipment and completed all necessary billing and orientation paperwork.
• Delivered high-pressure oxygen tanks and set up respiratory equipment in a professional and timely manner.

Larson Nissan of Fife, Fife, WA
Sales Representative
October 2011 – June 2012
• Demonstrated vehicles and tailored sales presentations to suit specific personalities and interests.
• Developed clientele through networking and building strong relationships with customers.

The New Frontier Lounge, Tacoma, WA
Kitchen Manager, Cook, Bartender
November 2009 – October 2011
• Provided excellent customer service while ensuring a safe environment and strictly enforcing liquor laws.
• Worked as a cohesive team member to effectively accomplish tasks and ensure customer satisfaction.

U.S. Census Bureau, Tacoma, WA
Census Enumerator
April 2010 – July 2010
• Communicated effectively with diverse people and compile complete and accurate paperwork.
• Adapted quickly to changing situations and acted tactfully when dealing with reluctant respondents.
• Excelled at first census operation and was rehired for a second operation.

Freighthouse Square, Tacoma, WA
Maintenance Lead
October 2008 – October 2009
• Effectively managed a team of three custodians through diligent leadership and team-building.
• Delegated tasks and performed duties and manual labors necessary to keep buildings and facilities in a clean, orderly and sanitary condition.
• Consistently met or exceeded short- and long-term goals relating to the renovation of facilities and storefronts.

Reset Games, Bellingham, WA
Assistant Manager
January 2008 – August 2008
• Streamlined business operations to improve various functions and increase profits and customer satisfaction.
• Planned, coordinated and implemented major revisions to the pricing structure of used products which resulted in higher sales and higher profits.

AAAA Hang Gliding School, Seattle, WA
Webmaster, Assistant Instructor
July 2004 – February 2008
• Independently designed and launched school's website using existing and original content.
• Maintained and regularly updated website until school's closure in 2008.
• Assisted in the instruction of new hang gliding students.

Edmonds School District, Edmonds, WA
Night Custodian
February 2003 – June 2005
• Performed duties necessary to keep buildings and facilities in a clean, orderly and sanitary condition.
• Ensured building security and safety during after school activities and events.