Technical knowledge is only one of the qualifying requirements. Proving one’s practical application is another matter. This is where the applicant’s skills and deftness are gauged for continuity of employment, or contract renewal or consideration for future advancement. Other competencies may be tested as part of a pre-qualifying stage of the hiring process. Such competencies include but are not limited to:
1. Understand page layout and printing requirements when reading proofs that have been set for printing by the typesetter.
2. Concentrate and maintain a sharp eye while comparing the manuscript against the original copy on a line by line basis.
3. Pay attention to detail when checking the accuracy of text, charts, photos, diagrams, page numbers, and verify proper placement before the manuscripts enter the printing stage.
4. Possess a wide range of general knowledge to identify or to detect inconsistencies in the submitted information of a publication or document. Although this is not a main function, most editors prefer to have competent support from a proofreader.
5. Excellent organizational skills in prioritizing and queuing work according to its importance and deadline.
6. Competency in communicating questions and suggestions to clients
7. Command of positive interpersonal skills with superiors and co-workers.
8. Perform work with minimal supervision when working independently but aware of the importance of working with a team.
9. Conscientiousness in meeting tight deadlines without sacrificing quality of work and a willingness to work overtime if required.
10. Cooperation in performing other related and assistive writing tasks.