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Applying For Translation Work – A Guide For The Freelancer
Everyday me and my colleagues see larger numbers of enquiries from translators seeking work. I hope that some of my observations will help you be more successfull.
1) Update and scan your computer for viruses
2) Put your details in the subject section of the email
Why is this important? Simply translation agencies get a stack of emails each day and you want to be found. The translation project manager wants to be able to pick out the enquiries for their project with ease.
For general enquiries, you want your details to be saved in the right place. If the agency can see your languages they can copy your mail into the right languages section rather then putting you in the dreaded ‘look at later pile’.
3) Don’t apply for something you are not
4) Don’t forget to provide rates and the rest of your ‘required’ information
5) Contact Info
Once a job has been confirmed the translation PM will wish to have the assignment placed with a translator ASAP. If they can’t find another number for you they will be likely to move further down the list and call the next translator.......your competition.
I hope my short list of tips for translation applications assist not only translators, but also translation PM’s.!
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