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I would advise them to give it a go - it doesn’t mean you have to work there long term. You must know how to speak a language other than your mother tongue reasonably well, as a good proficiency is essential. It’s also important to know and understand the cultural diversity that makes up the European Union.

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It is also important for young Irish people to consider moving to countries that are not English speaking and working for the EU would be very useful to your long term career.
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Proof Reader

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Proofreader
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€16 -  
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Entrants: Min Wage
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Last Updated: March, 2011

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Check blocks of typed text for errors in spelling, grammar and sometimes context.


The Work header image

Proofreaders check pre-printed and printed material against the original. After typesetting, page proofs are sent to the proofreader. The proofreader marks any inaccuracies in grammar, punctuation, and often content, so they can be amended.  
 
Proofreaders use dictionaries, reference books and other sources of information in their work.  
 
In addition to grammatical errors, proofreaders check the quality of typesetting and general presentation. A special set of marks is used to make corrections, usually in red ink. If they find a lot of mistakes, a second set of amended page proofs is prepared.  
 
Proofreaders work either on their own, with a copy-editor or, occasionally, with the author.  
 
Proofreading skills are increasingly being applied to websites. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Correct or record omissions, errors, or inconsistencies found.

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Mark copy to indicate and correct errors in type, arrangement, grammar, punctuation, or spelling, using standard printers' marks.

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Read corrected copies or proofs to ensure that all corrections have been made.

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Compare information or figures on one record against same data on other records, or with original copy, to detect errors.

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Consult reference books or secure aid of readers to check references with rules of grammar and composition.

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Route proofs with marked corrections to authors, editors, typists, or typesetters for correction or reprinting.

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Measure dimensions, spacing, and positioning of page elements (copy and illustrations) in order to verify conformance to specifications, using printer's ruler.

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Read proof sheets aloud, calling out punctuation marks and spelling unusual words and proper names.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Training and Teaching Others:  Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Coaching and Developing Others:  Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Communications and Media:  Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

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Philosophy and Theology:  Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.

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Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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Clerical:  Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As a proofreader, you must have a good command of English and excellent spelling. You should have good concentration and an eye for detail.  
 
You need to be well organised and able to read quickly and meet deadlines. You must be meticulous in your work and enjoy working on your own. The ability to work neatly and accurately is essential.  
 
You need good eyesight for this job. The work involves sitting for long periods of time.


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Organisation: Publishing Training Centre
  Address: 45 East Hill, Wandsworth, London SW18 2QZ
  Tel: +44 (0)20 8874 2718
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: Society for Editors and Proofreaders
  Address: Apsley House 176 Upper Richmond Road Putney London SW15 2SH
  Tel: +44 20 8785 6155
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: Irish Book Publishers Association
  Address: Guinness Enterprise Centre, Taylors Lane, Dublin 8
  Tel: (01) 4151210
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