Editorial Assistant (Female, Age 27) in Garden Grove, CA

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job TitleEditorial Assistant
Salary$37,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week40
Company Size(not answered)
LocationGarden Grove, CA
Years Experience5 years

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Years in Career0
Education(not answered)
Income Rating0 / 10
Interest Rating0 / 10
Work-Life Rating0 / 10
Fulfilment Rating0 / 10

Table of Contents

Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
It it an academic institution for higher education.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
I help manage an academic journal that is housed in the Chemistry department.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
9 hours of vacation time per month, 10 hours of sick leave per month, low cost medical insurance, free dental and vision insurance, a 401k plan

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
I think I am well compensated for what I do.

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
Yes, and I have no problem doing so.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?
Yes

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 1
Benefits: 3
Hours: 4
Co-Workers: 8
Supervisors: 2
Job Title: 7
Level of Responsibility: 5
The Actual Work: 6

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8amGet into work at 7:45 a.m. Check e-mails, and check mail box at work.
8am to 9amCorresponding with authors, editor, and reviewers.
9am to 10amCorresponding with authors, editor, and reviewers.
10am to 11amProofread manuscripts, and invite reviewers to review manuscripts. The same process is repeated throughout the rest of the day.
11am to 12pmProofread manuscripts, and invite reviewers to review manuscripts. The same process is repeated throughout the rest of the day.
12pm to 1pmLunch
1pm to 2pmProofread manuscripts, and invite reviewers to review manuscripts. The same process is repeated throughout the rest of the day.
2pm to 3pmProofread manuscripts, and invite reviewers to review manuscripts. The same process is repeated throughout the rest of the day.
3pm to 4pmProofread manuscripts, and invite reviewers. Leave for home at 4:30 p.m.
4pm to 5pm
5pm to 6pm
6pm to 7pm
7pm to 8pm
8pm to 9pm
9pm to 10pm
10pm to 11pm
11pm to 12am

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
On the university’s website.

What was the application process?
Applying through their job application portal and submitting a resume.

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
Yes, I did. It just entailed a one time interview with my current boss and my former department manager.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
The questions dealt mostly with my previous experience as a proofreader, my science background, and how I would deal with certain situations if they arose if I was to be hired.

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes, they did. They trained me in everything and all the skills I use until this day.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
Yes, there was. I was trained by the main editorial office on how to use the software we use for the journal.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes, it was. I have a science background and previous background in editorial tasks so I was 100% prepared to take on this job.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
I didn’t have an internship.

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
They should present their best qualities and be confident in interviews — but not too confident. Also, do not give up in your job search. It may take some time to find the job you want, but it will eventually come to you.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
They should be good at proofreading, very detailed oriented, be able to multitask, be able to communicate with others well, be able to handle situations well, be punctual, and be neat and kind.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
Yes, it takes a science background and good grammar skills.

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
To take it slow at first until you are able to multitask at a more efficient and quicker speed.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
Yes, it is because I am an aspiring writer, and later would like to move on to another type of editorial position in my career.

What are your current career goals?
I am an aspiring writer, and later would like to move on to another type of editorial position in my career.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
I am currently half way there to my goal of being the writer I want to be.

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:4

GPASchoolDegree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
2.3UCIBiology
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)

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