Boost Your Resume – Tips from Editors

By Aleisha Gardner on Monday, December 21, 2015

Many of our CWIP members are interested in becoming editors or are pursuing a career in the editorial industry. Whether you are making a career change, updating your skill set, or building you credentials, make sure you include these must-haves on your resume.
1. Formal Education

List all formal education, including courses that emphasize your focus and knowledge.

     2. Certifications
Acquiring supplemental skills may also be in your best interest. Look into taking classes in editing, graphic design, web content management. Many universities also offer certificate programs in editing.
      3. Work Experience
Play up your experience. Employers will want to see what you have done thus far in your career. CWIP Vice President, Jill Welsh, recommends listing the titles/authors of any manuscripts or articles you have edited or written.

Provide a sample of your writing, if necessary.

      5. Organizations/Leadership
Make sure to list all relevant organizations that you attend, including your CWIP membership, involvement, and mentor opportunities.

Include a link to your website or draw from internship experiences.

Assess the many pathways to editing and find which work best for you.

Examples: Book editing, Developmental editing, Marketing/Advertising, Graphic design, Web design, Web developing, Creative design, Children's literature, Fiction, Nonfiction, Technical writing, Grant writing, Speech writing, Copyediting, Publicity/Public Relations, Production, Proofreading, Printing.

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