Last week, my colleague (and very good friend) Erin Brenner discussed the stereotypical view that copyeditors tend to be introverts and gave some excellent tips for surviving extroverts at a conference or other event.
It may be a stereotype, but it’s one based on reality. And I readily admit that I fit the stereotype. I’d rather share tea and conversation with one person than dance the night away with the music blaring and enthusiastic strangers all around me.
In October, the Editorial Freelancers Association’s Boston chapter hosted a roundtable discussion of editors’ favorite tips, tricks, and tools. Attendees left the meeting with pockets stuffed with new tools and tasks to try to make our workdays a little easier.
Try out one or more of the following tools discussed at the meeting.
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.
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.
Editing tests taken as part of a job interview are a contentious topic among copyeditors. While some editors have no problem taking them, others are quite vocal about not taking them.
In this new series, I’m looking at the question from both sides: the test takers and the test givers. In part 1, I outlined some reasons for skipping the test. This time, I’ll look at why you might take the editing test.