How to Get More Work as a Translator? - How to Improve Your Career
Starting out as a translator can be extremely difficult. Many jobs these days not only require a bachelor's degree, but also years of experience. Recent college graduates and new translators simply do not have the experience they need to be competing. There are a number of ways to boost your career and find more work, however. These include further education, certification, networking, marketing, and specialization. Building a business from scratch can be difficult, but well worth it in the end.
Although most jobs do not require a master's degree, an advanced degree will benefit your career. A master's degree in translation shows that you are committed to your chosen field. For a less expensive option, consider completing a certification in translation studies. A certification program can be completed in less than eight months and costs $700 or less. A translation designation such as the CTP (Certified Translation Professional) will not only look good on your resume, but will also give you additional insight into the translation industry. Most certification programs also offer advanced language instruction. Certification programs can help you find work if you do not have experience.
Throughout your education and the early stages of your career, you will need to focus on networking and marketing. Connect with other translators as well as potential clients. Professional translators can offer you advice and support. They might also be the key to the job of your dreams. You will need to market yourself heavily in the beginning. Make sure to build a website that includes samples of your work as well as client testimonials. A website not only helps you build your brand, but can also help you land clients. In today's world, an online presence is practically a necessity.
If you are having trouble finding work, consider specializing in an area of interest. Translators who specialize in certain areas often find work more easily. Common areas of specialization include pharmaceuticals, law, patents, automotive, medicine, environmental science, advertising, software, business, and engineering. Specializing allows you to work more quickly, builds client trust, and establishes credibility. Ideally, you would take courses in your specialization. Unfortunately, most of us do not have the time or money to do so. Many translators are actually self-taught. Starting out as a translator can be very difficult, but it is important to persevere. If you follow these tips, you should eventually have more work than you can handle.
-By Adriana Tassini
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