Profession proofreader

Proof readers study text or art, to find and correct errors.

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Artistic

Related professions journalism, editing

  • Author, writer
  • Columnist, commentator
  • Editor, all other
  • Editor, books
  • Editorial assistant
  • Journalist
  • Media correspondent
  • Multimedia developer
  • News analyst
  • Press officer
  • Publisher
  • Reporter

Knowledge

  • Spelling

    The rules concerning the way words are spelled.

  • Grammar

    The set of structural rules governing the composition of clauses, phrases, and words in any given natural language.

  • Copyright legislation

    Legislation describing the protection of the rights of original authors over their work, and how others can use it.

Skills

  • Master language rules

    Master the techniques and practices of the languages to be translated. This includes both your own native language, as well as foreign languages. Be familiar with applicable standards and rules and identify the proper expressions and words to use.

  • Follow work schedule

    Manage the sequence of activities in order to deliver completed work on agreed deadlines by following a work schedule.

  • Use dictionaries

    Use glossaries and dictionaries to search for the meaning, the spelling, and synonyms of words.

  • Proofread text

    Read a text thoroughly, search for, review and correct errors to ensure content is valid for publishing.

  • Apply grammar and spelling rules

    Apply the rules of spelling and grammar and ensure consistency throughout texts.

  • Follow quality standards

    Apply a set of measures and standards concerning the quality of processes or products, ensuring that quality is maintained and improved during work activities.

Optional knowledge and skills

apply desktop publishing techniques proofing methods track changes in text editing consult with editor typography read books lay out digital written content rewrite articles read articles consult information sources

Common job titles

  • Freelance editor
  • Proofreading / metadata specialist
  • Editor assistant
  • Freelance proofreader
  • Writer / proofreader
  • Proofreader/editor
  • Copy editor / proofreader
  • Proofreader
  • Copy editor
  • Proofreader (freelance)