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“Patience for the tediousness that comes with fine-tuning every single aspect of every single word and line,” advised Koles. “Precision for the fine-tuning required in revising word-to-word, sentence-to-sentence, and paragraph-to-paragraph; and originality for the creativity each client deserves during every phase of revision.”
You should also be familiar with a style guide or two.
What about digital skills? If you’re working on website content, hyperlinking is important. But for pretty much everything else, knowing your way around Microsoft Word—get to know track changes—suffices, Koles said.
What does it take to excel in this position? The eyes of a hawk and an insane mastery of the English language, grammar and punctuation.
Is this more of a freelance position, or do companies keep a proofreader on staff? In general, landing a job is all about connections and what opportunities arise because of them.