Proofreading isn't just for writers ...

Posted by [email protected] on August 7, 2013 at 9:20 AM

In the ever more competitive jobs market, a little proofreading can go a long way. Sending in a CV that is riddled with grammatical errors and badly organised could kill off any chance you have of getting an interview.

In the past, anyone with an education could be pretty much guaranteed a good career. That is no longer the case. Nowadaysa degree isn't always enough to convince recruiters that you're the right person for their graduate job. With so many graduates to choose from – many of whom have top grades and CVs full of exciting and worthwhile extra curricular activities – recruiters are looking for people who really stand out. An internship could give you that edge, along with an address book full of contacts and some high-level work experience. Internshipsare structured work placements. They tend to be offered by larger organisationsin a wide variety of career areas, from banking to the public sector. Crucially, unlike other kinds of work experience, they're likely to involve working on real projects and tasks, so if you're offered an internship you certainly won't be trapped in the photocopying room or left making the tea and twiddling your thumbs.

Online applications are the norm for most large organisations. You'll need to take just as much care with these as you would for a paper application for – more so, in fact, because although it's tempting to cut and paste your answers to save time, many online systems are designed to filter out applications based onthe number of specific words used. To be successful you'll need to match your application to each organisation's requirements. It goes without saying that you should proofread everything before hitting the submit button.

Categories: Style, Grammar

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