Hi, I'm Nina

I'm a friendly and professional writer, reviewer and editor who works with warmth, humour and flexibility.

Due to my extensive background in HR and recruitment I'm also able to help small businesses and startups with key recruitment needs such as CV screening and interviewing.

YourCareerScribe

Personalised writing for your career including CV writing, cover letters, online profiles and wording for presentations.

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YourCompanyScribe

Personalised writing for SMEs and startups including professional blog writing, website copy and advertising wording.

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YourLifeScribe

Personalised writing for life events including online profiles, eulogies, memoirs, speech writing and ghostwriting services.

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Blog

Are you really ready to 'just be yourself'?

Is being 'you' the right thing all the time?

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Do you really want to be a writer?

Thinking about finally getting started with a writing project?  Here's what you need to do.

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Why storytelling is your secret weapon in business (and how to do it properly)

Learn how to live happily ever after through the power of storytelling

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Why I Hate Having My Picture Taken

Let me count the reasons...

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How coffee and cake can change your career!

How involving others will help expand your career horizons.

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Decoding the mystery of SEO

"SEO" is an often confusing term for those not well-versed in website maintenance.  In reality, it's not quite as confusing as you might think!

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Blog post ideas - how to stay regular!

Starting a blog is usually no problem.  Staying regular can be!  If you're struggling to come up with ideas, take a look at these hints and tips...and never feel stuck again.

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How to begin a career change

Take charge of your career dreams - by starting slow and steady.

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Five words that strike fear into every freelancer's heart (and how to overcome them!)

How should you charge people who only ask for "five minutes" of your time?

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Why writing short copy takes a long time

Writing short copy is often much more frustrating than long tomes!  Get started on something short and snappy with these tips.

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Take control of your career this summer

Take advantage of summer downtime to learn and grow in your career - or discover a new one!

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Why being old is great for business

Age aint nothing but a number, right?  Wrong - here's how getting older can be great for business.

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How to brief your copywriter

Trusting someone else with your words can be one of the best things you do for your business - but it has to be done properly!

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Why you definitely shouldn't write a book in a weekend!

Writing books is big business - or at least it can be, if you get it right.  For starters, this means not rushing the process!

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Lessons learned from my first year in the writing business

So I've been in business for a whole year!  Responding to a question I was asked on Facebook, I'm sharing a few lessons and reflections about the freelance writing life.

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I'm one year old this week!

I've been Nina The Writer for a year this week.  To celebrate, here's a blog post I wrote this time last year, when I had no idea what was going to happen...

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The Ultimate Guide to... the Ultimate Guide!

A how-to guide for writing the ultimate downloadable guide for your business.

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Try this simple formula to create a killer profile headline!

Headlines are always difficult to write, so here's an easy way to craft something original for your personal and professional profiles.

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Do you like reading? Are you opinionated? Then read on...

Would you like to test-read some of my new book?

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What do successful entrepreneurs and guests on the Jeremy Kyle Show have in common?

There's a lot of vague career advice out there, so if you're looking for insight that goes beyond "be yourself and follow your passion" you may have to leap before you look!

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Read this before you publish you're next blog post!

Do you edit your work before you publish it?

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How to beat those pre-presentation jitters

Standing up and presenting to a group of people is something that strikes fear into the hearts of even the most confident people - so if you're an introvert like me, it can really be the stuff of nightmares!  Here's how I tackle my nerves head-on, with some careful preparation and relatable content.

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Create a schedule you can stick to (it's not as hard as you think!)

Creating a schedule can be a difficult task, especially when you're planning for work you're not being paid for - or that nobody is expecting!  Here's how to get started on crafting a time plan that will work for you.

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Copywriting for beginners

Whether you want to hire a copywriter, or just want to give it a go yourself, it can be hard to know where to begin.  My experience on the copywriting trail has helped me discover a few handy insights.

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The challenge of taking a 'proper' Easter break

Enjoying downtime can be hard when you work for yourself, with requests constantly flowing in.  Take some control and your time can be yours again - here's how to get started (and Happy Easter!)

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On creating a writer's life

This week I'm responding to the questions people have asked since my Careershifters' Success Story was published recently - all about creating a writer's life.

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Home truths for aspiring remote workers

Remote working is on the increase - so here's some advice on how to work it well!

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Discovering your unique writer's voice is easier than you think

You don't have to be a professional writer to discover a unique writing voice that speaks to its readers.  Finding your own voice is often easier than you might think, and it all starts when you write from the heart.

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Real-life lessons I learned from changing my career

I'm a 'Success Story'!  My career change journey was featured on Careershifters' website this week, and I'm incredibly proud of it.  But I wouldn't want anybody to think changing my career has been easy.  And so this is a reflection of sorts, on where I was when I began, and how I've ended up where I am now.

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For that special person who has everything, give the gift of words

If you know someone who already has everything, give them something truly unique - special words.

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No job for life? How a tailored approach to job-hopping can win your next career move

Did you know that so-called 'job-hopping' can be an asset to your career search? Whether you prefer stability or excitement in your career, planning your next move is all about packaging your skills and making the right kind of approach.

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Why it's sometimes OK to turn down freelance work

Going freelance doesn't mean you have to accept every piece of work that comes your way.  Being discerning with your time and effort will help you reap the rewards of being your own boss...and you'll get to work with some great people too!

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The truth about blogging for business

Are you reading this over coffee, or maybe as you wait for a late train?  Blogging for business is a handy way to keep in regular contact with your followers and show them the human side of your company, but it can be difficult to keep it going once you've started.  It's worth it, though - so here are a few tips to keep your blog posts consistent and entertaining.

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How to write your first CV

Writing a CV is tough enough when you've got years of experience under your belt, but when you're just leaving education it often feels like you haven't got anything to shout about.  Here's how to write a first CV that will stand out from all those bland lists of education dates and shop jobs!

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“Telling it like it is” – giving effective feedback in writing

There's a new trend sweeping Silicon Valley - giving honest and direct feedback to your colleagues.  Before you go rushing in, focus your message by writing it down first...your colleagues and your career will thank you for it!

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Share your expertise - write a business book!

All those celebrated business gurus had to start somewhere...and the most successful ones know how to tell their stories in a relatable way that inspires others to act on their dreams and ideas.  By writing a business book, you can do just that yourself!

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Read this before you write your next recruitment ad!

Writing a recruitment ad is often a rushed activity, with the words used ones you've read many times before ("dynamic" anyone?)  Here's how the Banks children managed to recruit their ideal candidate - Mary Poppins! - by using clear and creative words that stood out.

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How is a job like a relationship? Let us count the ways!

Because it's January and it's cold and it's grey, I wanted to write something a bit more fun this week.  Here's the result - how your job is surprisingly similar to your relationship!

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The bracing benefits of a car-free business life

What better way to kick off a new year by getting out into the fresh air?  Here's how I manage a busy working life as a non-driver - and it's not as hard as you might think!

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‘CV Greatest Hits’ Countdown – 10 ultimate CV tips to prepare you for the Great 2017 Job Hunt!

'Greatest Hits' countdowns are rife at this time of year - so now, here's one featuring the best CV advice.  This list will give you the ultimate steer if you're looking to get your CV on track for the new year job hunt.  Wishing you a very happy 2017!

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Give yourself a special Christmas gift...a happy working life in 2017!

If you're stuck in a job you don't particularly like, mindlessly searching job boards for something else, it can be hard to dredge up any enthusiasm to make a change.  But that little bit of rest time between Christmas and a brand new year beginning is perfect for considering exactly what you want, and how to take the very first step towards making 2017 your happy work year!

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How to write your life story

With a new year on the horizon, why not make a resolution to tell your life story?  Committing your personal tales to paper can be a rich and rewarding experience for you to write and others to read...for generations to come.  Here's how to get started.

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Writing to get what you want at work!

Have you ever thought that making a few tweaks to your working life would help make living it much easier?  Harness the power of well-chosen words to state your case and win better work-life balance in the process.

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How to pinpoint useful e-information for your business…without going crazy in the crowd!

Are you often left with the feeling that you don't quite know enough about all the online tools you can use to promote your business?  How about website analytics...shouldn't you be checking them every five minutes just like the experts say?  Relax - here's how to take advantage of all the advice available online, by defining exactly what YOU want to know.

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Positive Communications - or, What I Really Think About E-Mail Marketing and Online Reviews

You may have noticed how very many ways there are to communicate online, and for a new business it can be intimidating to say the least!  Just how much is too much?  Here's how I worked it all out - with an old-fashioned rant included to boot!

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Fitting in ‘me’ projects – five panic-free time management tips for the professionally overwhelmed

Is time getting the better of you?  With a growing business, several passion projects on the go, books to read and friends I'd quite like to see, I was starting to feel overwhelmed...until I decided to take a closer look at planning my time more effectively.  Here's how you can do the same.

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Use your sense of style to build trust and win business!

Looking for ways to sound consistent and authentic in your written communications?  Here are a few tried, tested and original ways to do just that.

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Ghost stories…how shadowy script can light up your life and work

BOO! Like a ripe pumpkin Hallowe'en has rolled around yet again, so what better time to extol the benefits of ghostwriting, definitely not just the province of bargain-bin bound celebrities.

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"I'm a Quiet Revolutionary..." she whispered

I'm very proud indeed to be featured as this week's 'Quiet Revolutionary' - a celebration of all things introverted.

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How I escaped the corporate cage and set myself firmly on the ‘write’ career path!

An encounter with a corporate headhunter made me question my career - why was I still doing something I didn't love?  Here's how I formulated my corporate escape plan and found a career I truly enjoy.

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STOP! Attention-grabbing writing – made easy

Everybody's busy these days - far too busy to read all the words that come their way.  Get the right people to read YOURS by honing in on your ideal audience and creating compelling copy that will get them hooked.

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Personal copywriting - attract a new boss AND a new relationship with the perfect profile!

Are your online profiles a bit lacklustre?  Don't waste a perfect opportunity to speak directly to the boss or partner of your dreams - use the power of personal copywriting to describe what makes you, you - and get ready to reap the rewards!

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The (Not-So) Secret Life of an HR Manager

Ever wonder what your HR Manager is really thinking, or what they do all day?  I worked in this oft-misunderstood profession for a number of years and now I'm safely out of it, I'm free to vent!

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Going it alone - surviving self-employment

Going it alone, releasing yourself from the shackles of a traditional nine-to-five, is exhilarating.  It's also incredibly scary!  To celebrate my first quarter-year in business, here are some of the most important lessons I've learned from the front line.

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Blogging - not just for hipsters and sicksters*

Regular blog posts - especially if you run a business - can drastically increase your following, as well as helping you beat the competition by describing how you do things your way.  Read on for a few more great reasons why you should join the blogging revolution!

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Have you ever wondered how working with a writer could boost your business and career prospects, or even keep your personal life on track?  I can help you in so many ways...take a look at a few really good reasons for you to work with me!

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Whatever your A Level grades, relish the future that begins here

I remember the day I went to collect my A Level results like it was yesterday (though trust me, it wasn't!) - and how it felt like my future had suddenly become a scary and uncertain place.  This is my story of that day and how everything began from there.

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Plan a memorable speech...in three easy steps!

Great speeches vary in tone and content, but they all consider the same elements - who they're for, what they're about and why they're being heard.  Here's how to plan yours effectively, so you can conquer any nerves and make your speech memorable for all the right reasons!

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Making meaningful business connections…in writing

Speaking up in networking groups used to bring me out in a cold sweat.  So I sought out the people I really wanted to talk to and introduced myself in the way I'm best at - in writing.

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Special Deliveries - writing fabulous letters

Getting the tone of a letter right - especially when you're writing to someone you don't know - can be difficult.  No matter whom you're writing to, here's how to get started on a letter that's relevant, informative and authentic.

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Beyond the online dating profile - using the power of words to find a perfect match

Writing an online dating profile that reveals the real 'you' takes time and courage - but that special person will appreciate the effort.  Read on for a few tips to get you started.

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Writing memories - the story of a eulogy

The thought of telling stories about a loved one for the last time can be daunting.  But you can create the most special memories by recalling all the details that made them human and real.

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Scientific Advertising – what a book written in 1923 can teach us about connecting in 2016

How a seminal book written in 1923 can help us connect with customers by using compelling copy in 2016

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Welcome to the World of NinaTheWriter

Hello and welcome. In this, my very first blog post, let me outline a few house rules – just so we all know where we are. No yawning at the back, please!

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The Bland Language of Recruitment

The recruitment world can be a very lacklustre place when it comes to the words that illustrate it.

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