Use Translator Job Boards to Find Employment
You invested a lot of time, effort, and money into becoming a certified translator. After spending four years in school to get your bachelor's degree and then another few months to a year getting your certification, you are ready to start working. Unless you have connections in the industry, finding a job will be a challenge but one you can certainly handle. There are many resources you can use to find jobs. However, translator job boards are probably the best place start. These boards list jobs specifically for translators which means you won't have to rummage through irrelevant listings in order to find them.
Using translator job boards in your employment search is pretty straight forward. The important thing to consider is finding a good board to use. You definitely want to find an employment site that has a lot of listings. The more listings there are the greater the chance you will find jobs that appeal to you and which you can do. The only time you should look at a small board is if it is a specialized site. For example, the jobs posted are all for people who do translations of medical documents. In this case, there may be fewer listings but all of them are relevant to what you do.
The translator job boards that you frequent should be fairly modern. Some boards allow you to create an account which will allow you to bookmark or favorite job listings so you can come back to them later. This is beneficial for keeping track of who you are submitting your resumes to. Another nice thing for the site to have is a forum where you can network with other translators to talk shop, share tips, and even pass along job leads. Many times another translator will come across a listing that is not posted on the board and will share it in the forum.
Translator job boards are a great resource that can provide you with good leads on jobs. Another thing that you want to look at on the boards is that the listings are current. The site may have a lot of leads but it doesn't do you any good if they are six months old. You can still apply to them but chances are pretty good that the company would have filled the position by the time you happened upon their ad. There is no reason to waste your time on expired ads.
-By Adriana Tassini
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