Most people remember what they learned at school about reading and writing, but what they seem to forget so easily is the important part that come after the words have been tossed onto the paper: editing. There is a big difference in being able to write, and being able to write well, especially within the workplace. Here are 5 reasons why learning to edit your work is important:
1. Skills to Kill (Off your Competition)
There comes a time occasionally when an employer will have to choose between two very strong candidates for a vacant position. Why not be the chosen one? To prove you are the worthy candidate, having extra skills that show you are an all-rounded worker who can write, proofread and edit will likely increase your opportunity of being picked.
2. Proficient Professional
The ability to edit your own work also shows your employer that you are an autonomous and independent employee. It conveys to your employer that you have a desirable skill-set which involves the ability to write and edit your own work, ensuring minimal mistakes and maximum professionalism.
3. Attractive Copy
Coherent, ordered copy will make your work stand out. Not only will it make more sense, but it will look good too. Who doesn’t love attractive copy? Not to mention it is more likely to engage the reader.
4. Clarity and Communication
There is nothing worse than having to read through a clunky, incohesive piece of text that makes you feel like time itself has stopped and the world around you is burning down in flames. Clarity in writing is important because it enables you to get your message across to the reader quickly and effectively. After all, isn’t that the point? You want your reader to feel like they can make it from the beginning to the end of the text without wanting to throw their computer screen at a wall.
5. Focus, Focus, Focus!
Being able to revise your writing ensures that the message of the text remains as the central focus, rather than the myriad of glaringly obvious spelling and grammar errors that could have been easily fixed. Not revising your work to spot those little errors also reflects poorly on your basic writing skills.
So there you have it, 5 reasons why editing and proofreading are vital skills within the workplace, especially within the writing industry!