In this new series, I’m talking about how to get more clients by using referrals, drawing from a session from this year’s Communication Central conference: Rev Up Your Business with Referral Power by Jake Poinier, aka Dr. Freelance.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve talked a lot about copyediting tests: why editors should or shouldn’t take them, why hiring agents should and shouldn’t administer them, and what to do instead of testing.
Today I’ll wrap up the series with how to administer an editing test. If, after much thought and discussion, you’ve decided you must give an editing test, you want it to be fair and a good measure of a candidate’s ability to do your editing.
Last week, I looked at why you might want to test editing candidates. But copyeditors aren’t always keen on taking a test to win a client or job. The biggest reason they take one is because the hiring agent asks them to.
But are you missing out on good candidates because you enforce a test that is time consuming for both parties? Today I’ll look at reasons you should skip the editing test.
I know that not all freelancers are solitary beings. Many of us have family (in some cases, lots of it!). Many of us see friends, socialize, live in community housing, share our lives with a pet of some sort. But freelance work, by its very nature, is in fact a solitary pursuit, and those who don’t feel comfortable being alone for long stretches of time would do well to think twice about embracing freelancing as a career mode.
In this series so far, I’ve talked about copyediting tests from the candidate’s perspective: should you take them? The biggest reason to take a copyediting test, of course, is because you want the job and the hiring agent wants you to take the test.
This week, I start my look at whether hiring agents should require candidates to take tests. And if so, what are the best methods for handling an editing test? Let’s start with why you would consider administering an editing test.
Last week, with my tongue only slightly in my cheek, I posed the question, “why do writers hate editors so much?” And I promised that this week I’d give you some of my ideas around what we can do about it; your mileage may, of course, vary.
The first way to reach out to writers, I think, is through a combination of clarity and transparency. Clarity about what we do, and transparency about the way in which we do it.