Biggin Hill, UK
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Favorite referencing style
IEEE referencing is my favourite style as it looks neater within the text.
Why I became an editor
I worked in human resources within the investment management arena for over 18 years. I decided that I needed a change and started investigating roles that played to my strengths and in which I could work from home. Proofreading fits this requirement perfectly.
I studied English and English literature in college and always had an aptitude for and interest in reading and writing. I had also been editing and proofreading documents for years in my work, so it was a natural choice, a satisfying role enabling me to help others turn a final draft into a polished document.
Background and experience
As an HR supervisor, I controlled the full employee life cycle, typically at a senior level, including onboarding, employee data management, and offboarding. I was also involved in monthly payroll changes, time and absence management, HR and compensation administration and service delivery, maternity process, HR systems support, development of HR systems, and UAT. Plus, I became familiar with a range of business documents as I continually updated and improved processes and procedures, HR policies, and the employee handbook.
Why I love proofreading and editing
Proofreading requires a level of ingenuity and problem-solving. When modifying or replacing a poorly written sentence, ingenuity is required. In understanding what is meant and deduce how text can be changed or added to in order to provide clarity requires problem-solving. Individuals expend a great deal of time and energy on their work; it is satisfying to know that these skills will assist them to transition a final draft into a polished document.