Editing is a satisfying job. But sometimes even dedicated word nerds want—or need—to do something different. If you’re considering a career change, here are a few ways to position your editing skills as valuable assets.
Most editors have extremely advanced communication skills, as well as the desire and the ability to notice and correct inconsistencies and redundancies. These are valuable in any and all workplaces. Companies with sales operations, nonprofit organizations, and colleges and universities all seek to hire people who are detail-oriented and willing to step up and fix small problems before they get worse. If you are planning to change your career, here are some things to consider to help you rebrand and market yourself in a different field.
Look for job titles that include the words “support” or “operations”
Take advantage of your cover letter
Use the same words and phrases from the job description to describe how your editing work aligns with the skills the company is looking for.
Apply even if you don’t think your skills match exactly
If nothing else, know that re-directing your career is possible. Be encouraged. A few adjustments to your résumé, a good anecdote, and a hefty dose of enthusiasm can get you that new start in a new field.
Dilane Mitchell is a sales support representative who is dedicated to making her team an efficient but compassionate and inclusive machine.
So You Don't Want to be an Editor? was originally published in Tracking Changes (Fall 2019 edition). Members receive a PDF of the quarterly Tracking Changes newsletter by email.