How to start a career in freelance translation
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How to start a career in freelance translation

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Some tips on starting a professional career as a freelance translator. Concise, simple et clear!

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Published 26 August 2011
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Tips on starting a Career in Freelance Translation Step OneHave solid IT skills and beResources able to use the usual Step one is about consideringITIsoftware packages like whether translation is something Microsoft Office. Some, but The Institute of Translation & you could seriously see yourself not all agencies, may require Interpreting was founded in 1986 doing. Are you prepared to work proficiency in one of the as the only independent from home? Would you not get main translation tools such as professional association of lonely? Does translation really TRADOS. practising translators and interest you? Is this a long-term interpreters in the United career move or short-term gapStep Three Kingdom. filler? What do you need? ATAHaving asked all of the above In order to be in a position to start being a freelance translator offers ATA is a professional association working as a freelance translator a fascinating and rewarding founded to advance the you will need (as a minimum): career. However it is only suitable translation and interpreting for certain types of people and professions and foster theA PC/computer with a decent naturally to people with the right memory professionaldevelopment of combination of language skills, individual translators and Internet connection professional commitment and interpreters A phone line (although you business acumen. can now use software like IoLStarting is the hardest part of all.Skypewhich offers phone The competition is huge andlines) The Chartered Institute of agencies or companies seekingReference materials such as Linguists serves the interests of freelancers usually have preferreddictionaries, etc. professional linguists throughout suppliers and their doors may only the world and acts as a respected Step Four open once in a while. You must be language assessment and determined and motivated. accredited awarding body. How do I find work? Step Two Translation AssociationsPrepare a good CV. Prepare a covering letter in Can I be a freelance translator? A comprehensive list of which you should include international translation In order to become a freelanceyour background, associations. translator you must:qualifications, availability, rates and daily capacity. Languages WorkHave a high standard of Send these to translation education. A degree is agencies, specialistLanguages Work is helps careers normally a bare minimum recruitment agencies, localadvisers, teachers and parents to requirement but not always. companies, local councils,provide guidance on the use of Be highly proficient in two immigration services, etc.languages at work and at play. languages with some in-Basically target anyone who country experience of both may need the services of a languages. translator. Have excellent writing skills You may also be able to pick in your target language. up work through translation Have some sort of jobs sites such asProz, professional experience or a Translators Cafe,Linguist-qualification as a translator. JobsorTranslation Jobs.
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