Translation Employment Strategies
Finding employment is challenging for anyone especially when the economy is not being particularly cooperative. However, as a professional translator, you have some advantages over people who are looking for work in different industries. The biggest advantage is the fact that individuals and businesses are becoming increasingly global and the need to be able to communicate with people who speak a different language is only going to increase. As a translator, you will constantly be called to assist others in making sure their message is relayed correctly and without unintended offense. If you are out there looking for work, here are a few translation employment strategies you can use to find a job.
The first thing you should do is get certified. Taking a Certified Translation Professional program and passing the test is a good way to confirm that you have the skills and knowledge needed to do a good job as a translator. Something as simple as a certificate will go a long way towards making both employers and customers comfortable about hiring you. There are numerous places where you can sign up for a program. However, the best place is to contact an online school. Completing your program over the internet allows you to get your certification in the privacy of your own home while completing the coursework at a pace that is comfortable for you.
Speaking of taking classes online, the internet has made it possible for companies to operate virtually. Instead of spending money on a brick and mortar building, some translation companies hire independent workers who receive and submit assignments online. If you prefer working from home but don't want to start your own translation business, look for companies that have virtual offices. Make sure that you research the company to ensure that you are working for someone reputable who will not scam you.
Even if you land a job with a reputable company, it is a good idea to develop a freelance business on the side. There are always people who need translation services but who may not want to work with a large company or even know they exist. Even just working your business part time is a good way to ensure that you have a steady stream of projects that will provide you with a reliable source of income. Additionally, building a small side business is a good step towards moving into self employment if you decide that you would rather strike on your own.
-By Adriana Tassini
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