How to Get a Job in the Translation Industry
When searching for a job in the translation industry, it is important to first determine the type of work that you want to do. There are several types of translation specialties. Although you can do general translations, you can make more money and gain access to more opportunities if you specialize in a particular category. For example, you can do translations of legal documents which are important for both the legal profession as well as business. Between the two, you will be kept very busy. Other options you have available to you include translation of medical documents, literary books, and technical content.
Use the internet to look for available positions. There are a multitude of job boards that list positions for translators. This is a good place to start in your search for open positions. Another place where you may want to look is on government websites like the FBI and other branches. The government conducts affairs with other countries all of the time and need people who can help them communicate clearly. It is a good idea to submit your resume to multiple places to increase your chances of getting an interview. Some companies take a long time to respond so it doesn't make sense to wait months for a reply if another company will offer you a job within a week.
You want to make sure that your resume is up to par. Be certain to list your education, certifications, experience, and accomplishments. Your resume is the first time prospective employers will come in contact with you. You want to make sure that it makes a good first impression. If you need to, hire an experienced resume writer who will make your resume shine. Don't forget to write a good introduction letter as well. It should sell you as a potential employee who will help the company grow and prosper.
Once you send in your resume, wait a little while and follow up with either a phone call or email to be certain that they received it. Be assertive but don't be pushy. When the company schedules an interview with you, then make sure you arrive looking your best. The interviewer will ask about your education and your experience. However, what they are really doing is assessing whether or not you would be a good fit with their company. Play up your strengths and turn your weaknesses into assets. Make them feel as though you will be a team player. It isn't always the person with the best skills that gets the job. Often it is the person who seems they will fit the position the best.
-By Adriana Tassini
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