The dictionary defines proofreading as reading and correcting mistakes in a written or printed piece of writing. When proofing you must focus on each word, its spelling and any punctuation marks needed. Sounds easy doesn’t it?
To be a good proofreader you should have a working background in language skills. While one or two small errors might not create too bad of an impression, if you have several errors it will create the impression that you do not care about your job or your customer. It was my fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Parker, that instilled in me a love of reading as well as how to command the English language.
Remember accuracy means free from mistakes and errors. In proofreading it is an important job and requires you to be alert and focused. Accuracy is important, and others will be relying on you to see things they may have missed or overlooked.
Use the tools at your disposal. Google is a good tool and I keep a dictionary at my desk. I have been proofing since 2011. They needed someone to help proof shelf signs and my boss at that time thought I would be good at it. To my surprise, he was correct. It’s not a career I would have chosen for myself, but I felt comfortable doing it and have had many successes and personal rewards. Now I proof in other capacities, not all of them are shelf signs, but they still remain my main focus. I’m always glad to help in any way I can. I am proud to work for this organization and with its many talented people.
-Toni Jackson, Rock Communications