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Sarah Swisher

Freelance Editor & Proofreader

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Location:Washington DC, United States
Phone: 202-321-0547
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/sarahswisher
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My editing experience has included a wide variety of documents, including academic papers, proposals, and legal and marketing documents. These projects, a number of which were book-length, have required a range of formats and styles. Many people have turned to me repeatedly for editing and given rave reviews.
While most of my work in over 20 years’ employment with Howrey LLP and freelancing was editing – including rewriting – and proofreading, I took on other projects in this position, and am a quick study. I address whatever task is at hand thoroughly and conscientiously, often under a tight deadline. I have experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Paint, as well as Adobe Acrobat and Photoshop.
I look forward to working with you to make your writing as good as it can be.

RESUME:

SARAH E. SWISHER
202-321-0547 • saraheswisher@aol.com

Qualifications

Excellent editing and rewriting skills.
Sharp eye for accuracy, readability, consistency, and detail.
Demonstrated ability to focus amid many distractions, and under a tight deadline.
Working knowledge of, and ongoing experience with, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Paint, as well as Adobe Acrobat and Photoshop.
Demonstrated ability to learn and use new computer applications as necessary.

Professional Experience

HOWREY LLP, Washington, DC
Editor/Proofreader July 8, 1987-March 31, 2011
Copyedited a wide variety of legal, marketing, and administrative documents, as well as website content, rewriting text as needed.
Have edited in US and UK English.
Proofread legal and administrative documents copy to copy.
Provided backup in document processing, data input, computer application inquiries, work log maintenance, reformatting, and printing.
Also freelanced as an editor during this time.

VANTAGE POINT TEMPORARIES, INC., Washington, DC
Temporary Employee 1986-1987
Copied large architectural and landscaping plans and blueprints and maintained files of Mylar plastic sheet originals for Greenhorne & O’Mara, Rockville, Maryland.
Made microfiche copies of documents in the Trust Department of Riggs Bank, Washington, DC.
Carried out short-term assignments such as research assistance and reception.

MIRANDA ASSOCIATES, INC., Washington, DC
Research Assistant 1984-1985
Edited and proofread training documents and project proposals.
Compiled questionnaire data.
Conducted online research at the Library of Congress.
Researched site and logistical arrangements for conferences and workshops.
Assembled reports and proposals.
Composed correspondence.

STERLING HOBE CORPORATION, Washington, DC
Research Assistant 1981, 1984, and 1985
1985:
Made charts and calculations concerning government-funded research.
Tracked down and compiled information from various sources, including the online database at the Library of Congress.
1984:
At Executive Resources Associates, to which Sterling Hobe was a subcontractor:
Assisted in research on a Minerals Management Service oil lease project and other proposals.
Gathered and recorded data, and made calculations and tables.
Compiled a list identifying words requiring glossary definition, and helped to compile a bibliography.
Assembled draft and final proposals.
Edited and proofread proposals.
Photocopied documents and organized files.
1981:
Obtained, compiled, and organized information from sources such as trade libraries, the Library of Congress, and the US Congress.
Compiled a list of potential contacts.
Calculated economic data.
Prepared correspondence.

CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA LIBRARIES, Acquisitions, Washington, DC
Library Assistant 1983-1984
Processed incoming publications, stamping them and preparing accession slips.
Filed order and processing slips and forms, searched files to prevent duplicate orders, and located and removed slips after processing.
Prepared used books for sale.
Compiled a donor list, typed mailing labels, and prepared correspondence.
Worked in Special Collections with rare books on occasion.

AMERICAN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION, Washington, DC
Convention Aide 1980
Assisted participants at a two-day historians’ convention, directing them to destinations at the convention, and monitoring lecture rooms to remedy any problems.

ADVANCED RESEARCH RESOURCES ORGANIZATION, Chevy Chase, Maryland
Research Assistant 1978
For a study on gender discrimination in the US Navy, researched microfiche records for data on gender, background, evaluation of performance, and promotion; compiled tables and printed records.

THE WASHINGTON POST, Bethesda, Maryland
Newspaper Carrier 1975-1983
Delivered newspapers.

Education

BA, The Catholic University of America, 1983; also completed several graduate-level courses.
Proofreading and Copyediting and Intermediate Editing, in the George Washington University Publication Specialist curriculum.

Computer Skills

Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Paint
Adobe Acrobat and Photoshop

Awards

Received two “Star Awards” in the “Team Player” category while at Howrey LLP. One was for work on legal forms and instructions provided on a website to District of Columbia residents. Edited for readability and ease of use, as well as grammar, spelling, and consistency.
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