How to Find Translation Work


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How to Find Translation Work

The key to success for freelance translators is to become the "go to" professional that agencies and corporate clients automatically look to when a translation is needed. By specializing in a certain area—whether it is technology, law, medicine, or another field—translators can establish themselves as niche professionals that clients know will serve their needs. "The good news is that translation is a global industry, and one that is constantly growing," says Nataly Kelly, a senior analyst at Common Sense Advisory, which predicts that the language services market will reach $24 billion by 2012. She says translation agencies and clients are increasingly looking for subject-matter experts. "Literary translation is very different from technical translation, and translating business marketing materials is completely unlike translating legal or medical documents," Kelly says. "Highlighting your unique skills and experience is essential to differentiating your services from those of other translators." If new in the industry, doing some free translation work as a volunteer for a charitable group is a good way to meet others in the industry and to build up your resume. Create a credible website that includes downloadable samples of your work and lists recent projects and client testimonials, with permission from the clients. Stay current on industry news by reading language translation magazines. Finally, become a member of the American Translators Association, which will enable you to be listed in ATA's online services directories.

From "How to Find Translation Work"
BusinessWeek (09/09/08) Klein, Karen E.

Source: ATA Newsbriefs - September 2008
« Last Edit: 26 Sep, 2008, 01:56:23 by wings »
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