Applying to copyeditor/editorial jobs?
June 24, 2014 6:42 PM Subscribe
I will be applying to "editorial assistant" jobs soon, which is a career switch. How do I submit the best possible application?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (7 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
There are two editorial assistant positions open at an academic institution where I work. I work in a totally different department, but my designation in my department is "editor," though I do little actual editing. In fact, most of my work is with technology and nuts and bolts of publishing (printers, version control, all that good stuff). I do occasionally do some copyediting and proofreading for publications that go through our office. My institution is known for hiring people from within, so I think I have a better chance at this job than if I were an outside candidate with the same qualifications. I am also familiar with the house style guide, but not deeply familiar with it.
I've always been a quick study with grammar and language, and though I don't use punctuation &c. perfectly in my daily life, I have traditionally been good at cleaning up my act when necessary. What are some things I should be absolutely sure to double-check in my application? Should I ask a copyeditor friend to look it over, or does that mean I'm not well qualified? How do I make myself sound like the best possible fit? I am pretty good at (honest) spin when necessary but would like to know what the usual culture is at an academic press and what type of candidate they might look for.
Thank you all very much!