If you are a recently graduated translator, you probably have been considering applying to a translation company as a freelancer. There are some tips to keep in mind when it comes to working for LSPs (Language Service Providers). In the following blog, we will give you a series of tips so that you can prepare your application and successfully join a translation company as a freelancer.
Applying to a Translation Company as a Freelancer
1. Make a good impression with your CV
The first step you should take in your application is to send your CV to the company you are interested in. This will be your letter of introduction and that is why you must know how to design your resume attractively and professionally. Here are a series of points to keep in mind:
- Highlight your strengths and key skills for the position you are applying for.
- Be concise. Try not to exceed more than one page and compile all the information directly and clearly.
- Add a portfolio of your previous work. Translation companies like to see your experience in the field and find examples.
- If you are specialized in a certain field, mention it. Although it is not mandatory to specialize, this adds value and is sought after by companies.
2. Research your potential translation companies
Allocating some of your time to research translation companies in the market is key. It will increase your chances of being discovered by them and, in your interview, you will be able to demonstrate your knowledge of the work they do and your interest in being part of their team. It will also help you design your application for each particular company according to your research.
3. Demonstrate commitment to the future
Freelance work is characterized by managing your own time and not meeting the strict requirements of a full-time job. However, it is essential that at the time of your application, you show your commitment to meeting the established deadlines and your responsibility to carry out the assigned work on time and within budget. Translation companies value knowing your availability and your schedule, as well as knowing where you are in your career since most of them offer training and support to help you in your first steps with training in linguistic matters and their areas of expertise.
4. Find your niche
Look for translation companies that specialize in areas that interest you or in which you want to gain knowledge. Also, a good way to get more work as a translator is to have a niche market in which you have experience. Some translators even hold a degree in another subject, such as engineering, medicine, or law. However, you may not have experience in these fields. The important thing is that you apply to companies that offer you professional growth in the areas you want to pursue.
5. Go the extra mile
In most companies, you will be able to stand out if you go above and beyond the call of duty in providing an extra service. Allowing the company to offer an added value to its clients’ thanks to your work effort is a service that will not go unnoticed and will make you stand out in the future.
6. Communicate like a pro
Companies usually expect a high level of communication from their translators, especially in the case of complex projects and urgent assignments. When deadlines are tight, project managers, translators, and other team members must stay in close contact to ensure that the project is completed accurately and timely, so good communication is essential. You can also ensure that you excel in your communication skills:
- Being attentive to instructions and following them
- Providing constructive feedback and pointing out improvement opportunities
- Having a good handle on frustration and accepting feedback
- Being honest about timelines and setbacks
- Being friendly and polite with the team
Win & Winnow is a translation services provider with almost 20 years of experience in the industry. We have a team of highly skilled linguists to provide the best solutions to our clients.
If you are interested in applying to a translation company as a freelancer, reach out to us! We will contact you as soon as possible.