A proofreader’s job has to be one of the most crucial jobs with respect to the communication industry. Proofreaders are responsible for finding and then correcting any possible errors during the typesetting or formatting of a final document for an ad, a book, newspaper articles, etc. Proofreaders have to be consistently accurate, as they work at the very last stage of typography production before the final product is published.
About Sample Proofreaders Resumes
When faced with the task of writing a resume, a novice might feel unsure as to what information to mention and what to skip. It’s important to remember the phrase ‘first impressions are the lasting ones’ when writing a resume, as it’s your first meeting with a prospective employer. For some guidance, have a look online for a proofreader resume sample as this will be able to explain the format, style and what information to impart with.
How to Write a Proofreaders Resume
Before you sit down to write your resume you must research the various industries that require the work of a proofreader; Newspapers, Directory Publishers, Printing, Colleges/Universities and the Advertising/PR business are big hirers. That’s why it is important to select carefully which industry you are interested in and base your resume on their requirements. Based on the data accumulated in 2010, 50% of the proofreaders in the U.S. find jobs that pay less than the average payment trend for proofreaders. So to be among the top 50% who earns higher than average; you will have to write a great resume.
The first thing that should be included in the resume is a summary of your qualifications and attributes. Following that should be work experience and the relevant responsibilities in a bullet point format. This is the section where most proof readers will be able to ‘sell’ themselves; make sure to use action words in this section. The next section is education where you will be able to list qualifications attained. Most employers look for a basic four year college degree in English or Journalism when hiring a proofreader. Finally, list any licenses, memberships, language skills and computer skills that you have that are relevant to the position.
Proofreader Job Description
A proofreader’s job can fall in 2 categories; a basic proofreader checks word-for-word against a marked-up draft to identify any errors such as typographical errors, repetitions of words, styles etc. An editorial proofreader corrects word usage, hyphenation, punctuation and other grammatical errors. This form of editing is done on material that has already been edited/ formatted and is ready to go into final production. They also measure dimensions, spacing, positioning of design elements etc and verify the layouts’ conformance with printer’s specifications.
The Advertising and Public Relations industry hires the lowest number of people and yet, it is this industry that pays the highest for proofreader’s services i.e. up to $35,140 per annum. The lower-end paying jobs include those at Colleges, Universities and other Professional schools but even that is not that far off with an average of $28,950 per annum. The highest concentration of proofreaders is in the state of Arizona and Maryland, which leads to higher competition and a lower pay scale. However, the highest paying states are California and Illinois, which are the better opportunity providers for an interested proofreader to find a job.
It’s important to remember that standards for proofreading have been changed by technology and just knowing how to ‘spell’ wont guarantee you a good paying job. Knowing your profession, having experience and formatting a well designed and thought off resume will help you to get your perfect job.