To Whom It May Concern,
My name is Charles. I'm an American citizen, a native English speaker, and a college graduate. I am currently living in Taiwan, but have also lived in Korea (five years), Hong Kong (three years), and the Netherlands (where I was born). I am an English teacher looking for some part-time income, hence why I came to Freelancer.com. Here are some of my key qualifications:
1. I have a degree in Liberal Arts with High Honors (GPA of 3.77). My Areas of Focus (AOFs) are in History and Korean. My history background is very extensive, and I have studied all sorts of history in college, ranging from plain vanilla US history to more exotic types of history such as Korean political history (which I studied in South Korea), History of Asian Civilizations, Virginia history, etc. I also have substantial credit in sociology and scored in the top 4% on the Excelsior College Examination for World Population (487). Because of my extensive historical and sociological knowledge, I believe I am well-suited to writing about historical periods and events.
2. I also graduated from Yonsei University Korean Language Institute in South Korea. I studied many aspects of Koreanology there, including Korean literature, hanja, Korean political history, etc. I have an article published in a book by the Yonsei University press about the prehistoric era in Korea, complete with research conducted at the Amsa-dong umjip (pit house) archaeological site. After graduation from Yonsei University Korean Language Institute, I took the Korean Language Proficiency Test and scored a Level 5 (6,000+ words, advanced). I also scored a perfect 16 / 16 on the New York University Korean Language Exam, which was heavily translations-based. I have also traveled to North Korea, as well as Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in China. Because of my specialized knowledge of Korea acquired by living there for five years, I believe I am well-qualified to write articles and reports pertaining to Korea.
3. I am a CELTA-certified English teacher. I mention this not because I am looking for English teaching work, but because CELTA-certified teachers are required to have excellent writing skills and to be articulate in order to be certified.
4. I am also knowledgeable of IT-related matters. In college, I studied and got good grades in a multitude of IT-related courses such as Information Systems, Design for the Web, C++ Programming, Computer Architecture, etc.
5. I am knowledgeable of Japan and Japanese issues, as well. I have passed Japanese Language Proficiency Test with a grade of Level 4, and my Japanese has increased markedly since passing that exam in 2008. I have been to many different places in Japan, such as Tokyo, Osaka, Hakata, Hitadake, Izuhara, etc. I studied Japanese in college, as well as some Japanese history. In one case, I traveled to the small island of Tsushima in the Tsushima Strait separating Japan and Korea, and wrote an extensive photo essay on Korea-Japan interchange in the Japanese feudal period, which involved interviewing locals and gathering research from many sources. In the event that I end up writing a report or article on Japan, I have many, many high-quality pictures from my travels to Japan, as well.
I am honest, hard-working, and never plagiarize. Thanks to living in a country with a fairly low cost of living, I am able to work for a more reasonable rate of pay than other similarly-qualified freelancers, but I assure you that the quality of the articles and reports I write is exemplary. Thank you for reading this profile, and I hope you will consider my bid.
(American English Teacher Currently Living in Taiwan)