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Editing and proofreading are essentials for a candidate who has to submit a thesis or dissertation. Many degree courses use a dissertation as a concluding form of study for a candidate to obtain a grade that will contribute to their professional qualification(s). Candidates have to employ academic skills in relation to their own disciplines. These skills include collating and assimilating information that is then used in the various sections of the completed project.

If you have an appointed supervisor for your dissertation, it is important to establish if you have a set schedule in place for meetings with your supervisor. A more important factor to consider is whether your supervisor is approachable and reassuring.

Editing is essential in the production of a dissertation. It is important that the typescript is checked word for word, that quotations are accurate and checked against the originals, that page numbers are supplied where quoted text is given, and that footnotes are in sequence and checked for accuracy.

Most UK proofreaders can provide this service, but it is important to choose an accredited company like Apollo Communication for the best results. Candidates who ask for proofreading of their dissertation are really requesting that the entire project be checked for all kinds of errors. These errors may include typos (literals) or incorrectly typed words, missing words, repeated words or phrases, and bad word breaks.

A CV is a concise document summarising a job applicant’s past skills and experience. It provides a summary of an applicant’s suitability to do the work that they are applying for. In order to project an image of utmost professionalism it is important for a CV to be clear, concise, and well-written. A proofreading service will ensure that spelling is correct, but a candidate will also have to provide the initial content.

A CV is not set to any definite format and what it includes is very much dependent on the individual applicant. However, candidates who apply for a specific position with a company should:
  1. Check the company’s website and endeavour to find out what that company is looking for in a prospective employee; they (the candidates) should also ascertain the specific skills that are required for the job on offer;
  2. List their present position(s) and the jobs that they have held in the past, providing all relevant employment dates, company names and addresses;
  3. Mention their pastimes. Some pastimes and sports, for example a rugby enthusiast, may suggest a positive image, whereas others such as reading or watching TV may imply a more passive personality;
  4. Outline their special skills; for example, a specialist knowledge of Photoshop, social media marketing, or fluency in other languages may be beneficial to the company. An applicant’s skills, experiences and personal qualities can provide a prospective employer with a more in-depth understanding of that candidate. Candidates can also mention published articles, reports, and booklets as well as conferences they organised and attended, or lectures they have given;
  5. List qualifications, education details in reverse chronological order, beginning with university and providing information of the relevant dates and the grades obtained;
  6. State at the end of their CVs ‘references available on request’. Employers can then ask for details of the names of references if they are prepared to offer an applicant a position. Candidates should discuss their job applications with the referees they have selected, but not provide the names of referees at the time of application.