EAC: National e-news update, July 18, 2011

Is summer a slower time for your clients or employer? The lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are the perfect time for you to look into valuable marketing and networking activities that can help you get ahead. Want more work? Searching for EAC resources? Need professional development? Find what you’re looking for and more in this issue of the e-news update.

In this issue:

1. WEBSITE: EAC home page gets a facelift
2. GET HIRED: Find work in 2011
3. EAC MEDIATION: Your resource for conflict resolution
4. CERTIFICATION: Registration opens July 22
5. NATIONAL OFFICE: EAC looking for a branch services coordinator

1. WEBSITE: EAC home page gets a facelift

Check out the mini facelift we’ve given EAC’s home page! In an effort to encourage volunteerism in the association, we’ve outfitted the home page with photos and profiles of some of EAC’s outstanding volunteers. Each time you refresh the home page you’ll meet a new volunteer and find out about their career and the great work they’ve done for EAC.

Get involved

Volunteering for EAC is a terrific way to develop your skills and enhance your resumé and portfolio. From providing leadership for the association to authoring essential books and newsletters, developing EAC’s landmark certification program and organizing the annual conference, member volunteers are driving the association forward, helping editors develop professionally and enhancing the status of editing as a profession in Canada.

Whether you’re interested in certification, marketing or publications, EAC needs you. Contact a committee chair today to find out how you can get involved.

More website enhancements to come

Thanks to the response to our call for help in last month’s e-news update, we’re thrilled to report that the website redesign task force is up and running!
Under the direction of recent Volunteer of the Year award-winner Adrienne Montgomerie, the seven-member task force will spend the summer mapping a better way to organize all our information to make finding this terrific content a breeze.
If you have suggestions about improvements to the site, the task force would love to hear them. Please send an email to wrtfChair@eac.catchthesun.net.

2. GET HIRED: Find work in 2011

Looking for work? EAC offers several job-search tools that are available exclusively to members.

Online Directory of Editors

EAC’s popular Online Directory of Editors (ODE) is a searchable online resource that helps employers find the right editor fast. Editors who list in the ODE can attract new clients by creating personalized listings that rank high in online searches. A well-written ODE listing can pay for itself many times over. Learn more about your ODE listing.

NEW! Members who volunteer for EAC will soon sport a special volunteer badge on their ODE profile. Get involved and get noticed.

National Job Board

The National Job Board is where you’ll find notices of full-time, part-time, contract and freelance opportunities from across the country.

Want to receive email notices of National Job Board updates? Log into the National Job Board and make sure you check the “Subscribe forum” link at the bottom of home page. If you are already subscribed, you will see an “Unsubscribe forum” link.

Branch Hotlines

Most branches offer free job announcement services to their members. For more information visit your branch page.

3. EAC MEDIATION: Your resource for conflict resolution

Did you know that, as an EAC member, you have access to free mediation services?

EAC mediation is designed to help members or their clients resolve grievances or contract disputes involving editing work. While the mediator cannot intervene in cases that have gone to legal action, he may be able to help settle the matter when other steps have not solved the problem.

For more information, contact EAC’s mediator, Michael Benedict.

4. CERTIFICATION: Registration opens July 22

Is this the year you join the ranks of editors certified by EAC’s landmark certification program?

Registration for the November 2011 copy editing and stylistic editing tests will open on July 22. For more information visit EAC certification online.

Study early!

Get a head start on studying with EAC’s updated and revised publications, which are designed to help you on the path to excellence.

Certification Study Guides

EAC’s recently revised study guides are the primary resources for anyone who wants to become a certified editor. Whether you use the guides for independent study or in a workshop setting, you will learn more about the knowledge, skills and judgment required to earn your EAC certification credentials. Proofreading, Copy Editing and the recently released Stylistic Editing guides are available now.

Meeting Professional Editorial Standards

Whether you’re learning the craft of editing or an established professional looking to broaden your knowledge, this second edition four-volume, self-teaching and self-testing package is a must-have for any editor’s bookshelf. All four volumes, including the recently released Stylistic Editing and Structural Editing, are available.

5. NATIONAL OFFICE: EAC looking for a branch services coordinator

EAC’s national office is expanding! To support the revised structure of the association detailed in Editing EAC: The Next Chapter, we look forward to welcoming a branch services coordinator to support the activities of EAC’s branches and twigs.

For more information about the job description, qualifications and expectations, please refer to EAC Careers.

Please note that as a matter of policy, national office staff may not hold membership in the association. However, if you know someone who would be a suitable candidate, we invite you to forward the job description to them.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone inquiries, please.

The EAC national e-news update is produced on behalf of the national executive council by the national office.

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