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Proofreaders: What They Do and How to Become A Professional One

12 Dec 2019 Developer News
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We live in an age where words are all around us. There isn’t a person out there that isn’t constantly reading something on social media or on the internet, so it’s something that is in our lives, even if we don’t realize it. What we don’t know is the process that goes into releasing content; whether it’s on the internet or if it’s a book, newspaper, or any kind of content for that matter. What we’re going to introduce you in this article is what a proofreader is, and what it is they do in terms of ensuring that content is released flawlessly.

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What Does A Proofreader Do?

A proofreader is a person that goes over content after it has been written and edited by an editor. The proofreader’s job is pretty much like going over the whole text with a fine-toothed comb. They need to ensure that there are no grammatical or punctuation errors, and they also need to make sure that all the headings are placed correctly, the font is the right size and that the paragraphing, spacing and indentation are done as required. Understanding what kind of style is supposed to use, and to pick up on mistakes within the sentence structures is also an important job that a proofreader has to do.

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What Does It Take To Become A Professional Proofreader?

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Read More: Proofreading is a great job to take on if you’re someone who likes to read, first and foremost. It would be very difficult for you to become successful at it if you’re not well read. This is because you need to be familiar with different styles of writing. This can include academic papers, fiction, articles, and so on. The more you read, the more professional you’ll be able to become at proofreading.

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Understand The Field:There are plenty of services that specialize in providing people with editing and proofreading. It would be wise for you to look into the field and understand what the requirements are and where you feel you would fit in best. There are different degrees of professionalism and services. The services provided at Oxbridge Editing promises that all editors and proofreaders are at the PhD level, so this means it would require you to have these credentials. Other services will test your skills by sending you a sample, and if you perform well, you get to work with them. You could be a freelancer, but this has its ups and downs as you can’t guarantee consistency.

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Get Certified: There are actually programs that you can sign up for so that you can get professional training and really understand everything there is to know about proofreading. You can get certified, and this will make it much easier for you to get a proper professional proofreading job, as this certification will show that you are serious about the profession.

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Many people think that it’s a simple job that anyone can do, but it takes a lot of focus and it takes someone who understands different genres, styles and rules when it comes to writing. This is why you need to ensure that you keep the factors mentioned here in mind if you’re interested in becoming a professional proofreader.

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