Proofreader jobs involve reading and updating content. The type of content you will work with can vary significantly. From books to brochures, sales copy, marketing material, website content, blogs, and email marketing campaigns, there is no shortage of content that requires a review by a skilled proofreader. In addition to improving grammar and spotting mistakes, today’s proofreaders should have business, marketing, SEO, and social media skills and knowledge. If you are looking for a proofreader role, please contact Randstad Canada to explore your job options.
Proofreaders work in an office setting. You can expect to work normal office hours and you will spend most of your time working on a computer. Overtime hours may be required to meet deadlines. You may be able to work remotely on occasion. Depending on your role, you will work closely with copy editors, copywriters, and marketers. You can expect to report to the lead editor or a senior marketer.
Proofreader roles are evolving and are now comprised of considerable digital marketing work. This has impacted the average salary for proofreaders. Proofreaders in Canada can expect to make more than $40,000 per year on average. On the low end, you can expect to make just over $30,000 per year. On the top end of the salary scale, you can make more than $70,000 per year. Experience is equated to a higher salary. You can increase your earning potential by taking on roles that also include copywriting and editing
Proofreaders typically have fairly straightforward tasks. Your day will involve proofreading copy that has the most priority. Proofreading can include many different types and styles of content. Some of the day-to-day tasks you can expect to be included in your job description include:
While proofreaders traditionally work for publishing companies, media outlets, magazines and newspapers, today more and more proofreader roles are becoming available in corporate settings and with marketing companies. Many proofreading roles are found in large cities that have a big corporate, IT, or marketing presence such as the Greater Toronto Area, Vancouver, Montreal, and Ottawa. Remote positions are also a possibility. Some proofreaders also work as contractors or as freelancers and take on work from multiple clients.
Proofreaders are increasingly required to have an expanded skillset. Proofreaders with business and marketing skills are considered an asset and have a deeper understanding of the purpose and role the content they edit has on business strategy. Some of the many skills hiring companies are looking for in proofreaders include:
The majority of proofreaders have a university degree in English, journalism, or a related field such as communications. Some proofreaders today come from a marketing background. Gaining experience through an internship is recommended. Certification in writing and copyediting is an asset. Experience working in a specific industry or with specific types of content can help you develop specialized skills.
Proofreaders have a variety of career options, many of which are found within the marketing industry. With experience, proofreaders can move up to more senior roles such as copy editor or associate editor. Some also move into copywriting or content management roles.
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