Friday, November 03, 2006

I just got headhunted!

I got an email from a recruiting company working for McGraw-Hill (an education/textbook company) looking for assistant editors in science. It didn't give much information about what positions they were looking for, but there seem to be a lot available on their website for this area. The only assistant editor position in science that I see is for K-5. Doesn't say much about what kind of work it is, what salary, or what kind of materials it would be producing, but it could be interesting...

It came with a little questionnaire and asked for my resume, so I did send it back just out of curiosity. Maybe this is a potential new career?

6 comments:

ricemutt said...

Good for you, Kira! It's always worth having multiple lines in the water, as one of my profs once told me. Never hurts to see what's out there that you might not have ever considered.

The only thing about working with headhunters/recruiters (I'm working with one right now), is that they can be a little sales-heavy and pushy about jobs and having you make a decision. If you ever get to that point with them, always remember to keep what you want and need first and foremost in your mind. Once again, good luck!

Him said...

It really depends. From your posts it seems like you're in the clinical research field, therefore you get to work with a lot of different people.

While editing sounds like a graet job, be prepared for hours and hours of fact checking and proofreading. Alone. That can get pretty tedious. If you're into that, then that's awesome. If not, then you may want to stick with your current digs...

Kira said...

I don't really know what the job IS - I emailed the headhunter back and asked for more details, and she emailed me the same job description again, and asked for a cover letter. The job description is so vague as to be pointless. She also asked repeatedly for a phone number that her senior editor could call me at, apparently ignoring the fact that I STILL HAVE A JOB, and therefore I am probably AT IT RIGHT NOW.

Ms. MiniDucky said...

Interesting ... ditto on what Him said: many hours of factchecking and proofing could be expected, though it could also involve a lot of project-babysitting as well.

Kellie said...

I just wanted to let you know that McGraw-Hill is notorious for laying people off. I had a bunch of friends laid off from this company for no reason. Please be careful.

English Major said...

I don't know much about McGraw Hill specifically (other than the fact that it's one of my house's competitors!), but hey, assistant editor? That's a great job--lots of real decisions about books' content and working directly with authors (at least here). I'm an editorial assistant, and would love to flip the words in my title.

(P.S. I've been reading your blog for about a month, and I like it a lot--I only just got my very own Blogger identity & nascent blog to go with it, and I'm glad to be able to comment.)