Alexa Van Vliet

Writer and Tech Enthusiast

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Hey there! My name's Alexa and I'm glad to have you here. 🙂

I'm the person my friends come to whenever they need a proofreader or have a question about their phone or computer. I've found that the majority of my fellow writers are tech-shy, and I am a rare exception; whether it's learning a new coding language, tinkering with the latest version of Android, or finding the best application for a job, I'm not afraid to dive right in.

Like what you see? Have questions? Don't hesitate to get in touch!

Education

  • Agile Project Management with Scrum

    Penn State Great Valley
    March 2016

 

  • B.A. English (Writing Concentration) / Web Technology Minor

    West Chester University of Pennsylvania

    Magna Cum Laude

    Dean's List: Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

    Fall 2010 - May 10, 2014 (Graduation)

Awards and Publications

Silver Recognition Award

Making MCP Express Easier to Use

Unisys Corporation, September 2016 

MCP Express Getting Started Videos

Unisys ClearPath YouTube Channel, January 2016

 "Take Heart" and "The Canvas"

Daedalus, Issue 40, Spring 2012

 

  • Adept at finding information, assessing its value, and synthesizing
  • Excellent command of grammar and mechanics
  • Superior organizational ability and detail-oriented work ethic
  • Highly motivated; capable of self-direction or team-collaboration
  • Multicultural Awareness
  • Eager to learn and utilize new technologies
  • PC operating platforms
  • Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Adobe (Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Contribute)
  • Video Editing (Camtasia)
  • Search engine optimization
  • Social Media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, YouTube, Tumblr, Blogger)
  • HTML/XML; CSS; Some PHP
  • Content Management Systems (Contenta)
Technical Writer | Unisys Corporation (Spring 2014 - Present)
  • Collaborate with other writers and departments (including Engineering, Marketing, and Tools) to create, edit, and update documentation related to products sold by Unisys. Research and supply updates to address customer queries relating to existing documentation
  • Communicate with other writers and departments both interpersonally and globally via email, instant messaging, and audio/video conferencing, to develop a technical understanding for the products and produce documentation relevant for the target audience
  • Synthesize input from all sources so as to obtain unanimous approval on the documents, ensuring technical accuracy while following documentation standards
Tech Assistant | Chester County Cardiology Office (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)
  • Updated office records by scanning patient charts and accurately organizing and storing them in the system
Intern | ACEER Foundation (Fall 2013)
  • Maintained and updated the ACEER Foundation’s website in a timely fashion following specified guidelines
  • Communicated and met with other members of the ACEER Foundation through both interpersonal meetings and through online collaborative methods
  • Designed, created, and distributed flyers, postcards, and website imagery for various events organized by the ACEER Foundation
Cashier | Kiwi Frozen Yogurt (Spring 2012)
  • Handled the cash register, kept meticulously clean environment, greeted customers
  • Prepared, stored, and served frozen yogurt, fruit, candy, and other toppings following high sanitary standards
  • Cleaned and maintained frozen yogurt machines in a sanitary fashion, ensuring yogurt was in constant supply
Editor | Daedalus Literary Magazine (Fall 2011 - Spring 2012)
  • Discussed and voted on submissions with other editors to determine which were included in the magazine
  • Cooperated with other editors to plan magazine layout, cover image, and annual reading event
Server | Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (Fall 2011)
  • Took customer orders, served meals and refills
  • Learned and used Point of Sale (POS) system, handled customers’ bills
  • Handled disgruntled customers and corrected orders

 

Experience

Technical Writer

Unisys Corporation (Spring 2014 - Present)

  • Collaborate with other writers and departments (including Engineering, Marketing, and Tools) to create, edit, and update documentation related to products sold by Unisys. Research and supply updates to address customer queries relating to existing documentation
  • Communicate with other writers and departments both interpersonally and globally via email, instant messaging, and audio/video conferencing, to develop a technical understanding for the products and produce documentation relevant for the target audience
  • Synthesize input from all sources so as to obtain unanimous approval on the documents, ensuring technical accuracy while following documentation standards

Tech Assistant

Chester County Cardiology Office (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

  • Updated office records by scanning patient charts and accurately organizing and storing them in the system

Intern

ACEER Foundation (Fall 2013)

  • Maintained and updated the ACEER Foundation’s website in a timely fashion following specified guidelines
  • Communicated and met with other members of the ACEER Foundation through both interpersonal meetings and through online collaborative methods
  • Designed, created, and distributed flyers, postcards, and website imagery for various events organized by the ACEER Foundation

Cashier

Kiwi Frozen Yogurt (Spring 2012)

  • Handled the cash register, kept meticulously clean environment, greeted customers
  • Prepared, stored, and served frozen yogurt, fruit, candy, and other toppings following high sanitary standards
  • Cleaned and maintained frozen yogurt machines in a sanitary fashion, ensuring yogurt was in constant supply

Editor

Daedalus Literary Magazine (Fall 2011 - Spring 2012)

  • Discussed and voted on submissions with other editors to determine which were included in the magazine
  • Cooperated with other editors to plan magazine layout, cover image, and annual reading event

Server

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (Fall 2011)

  • Took customer orders, served meals and refills
  • Learned and used Point of Sale (POS) system, handled customers’ bills
  • Handled disgruntled customers and corrected orders