Tuesday, February 19, 2008

One Day, One Job Profiles Heldref Publications

I found this cool site, One Day, One Job, that profiles a different job/company every day. Over the weekend they featured Heldref Publications, a nonprofit book publisher in Washington, D.C. The profile tells about the history and workings of the company, mentions a job opening for a proofreader, and tells you how to apply directly to a real person there.

I've put One Day, One Job on my feeds to see what other jobs and companies will come up (although they are not always publishing jobs). I also advise you to look through the list of past posts for more company profiles, including Random House, Amazon.com, and Better World Books.

And this week they announced a new sister site called One Day, One Internship, which does the same thing with a different internship each day.


Anonymous said...

How likely is it that someone with no proofreading experience would be able to get a job like this? The ad mentions you must "know standard copyediting symbols, and have excellent knowledge of American Psychological Association and Chicago styles. MLA and AMA a plus."

I worked as a staff writer for a small newspaper right out of college, but have no experience with copyediting symbols or the Chicago styles.

Thank you for your help!

Lori Cates Hand said...


In general, proofreader jobs are considered entry-level, so they are kind of reaching for the moon by expecting their new proofreader to have mastered up to four different stylebooks! My advice to you, if you want to apply for this job, is to study up on the proofreading symbols in the Chicago Manual of Style (see here: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_proof.html). Also, buy a copy of that book and the APA style guide and just soak up as much as you can from them. The way this company will probably try to determine whether you know these style guides is by giving you a proofreading test. So if you can learn the styles on your own, it won't matter if you don't have formal experience using them (although experience would certainly help you master them). The main point is to demonstrate that you have good attention to tiny details and the ability to learn and conform to a style guide.

I think your newspaper job could help you get your foot in the door. But you'll have to do well on the test to have a shot at the job.

Katharine O'Moore-Klopf said...

Lori, this is off topic, but I wanted you to know that I've given your blog the Excellent Blogger award. Keep up the great work!

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