I am a perfectionist! I am always on the lookout for any typos, misplaced apostrophes, and continuity, and I'm also a Microsoft Word guru.
My first job was as a claims typist at an insurance company in Johannesburg. When I left to go travelling eight years later, I was the Executive PA to the General Manager. In the UK, what was supposed to be a four-week assignment turned into a four-year stretch as PA to four directors of a helicopter finance company (ask me about the time I spoke to Prince Charles’ private secretary – the company arranged the finance for the Queen’s private helicopter).
I returned to South Africa in 2003, and after a brief stint at a sports management company (I worked for Ernie Els’ manager), I joined an insurance underwriter as PA to the CEO. Within a few years, I was promoted to Administration and Communications Manager, in charge of internal and external communication, advertising, promotional material, as well as arranging company events. I was responsible for all company documents, and was in charge of the company’s FAIS compliance.
A-Proofed, was borne in January 2015 out of my love for proofreading.
I have very good eyesight and can spot a mistake instantaneously! If a space was left in at the beginning of a sentence, or omitted before brackets in one sentence but not in another, I will catch it. If a name is spelled one way on page 7, and a different way on page 287, I will notice. In fact, if anyone has missed anything, I am your last hope to keep the error out of the finished product. In short, I am the key to perfection. I am very detail-orientated, and not to mention – a spelling and grammar snob!
I am a member of PEG (Professional Editors' Guild)
You can find them here.