How to Make Money Translating: 7 Ways to Find and Land Translation Jobs

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Have you been thinking about translating for a living? It’s a great way to make money and can be as simple as translating documents and emails. But there are a lot of people who want to do it, so you’ll have to know how to stand out. In this post, I’m going to cover seven ways to find and land translation jobs.

Set Up Your Profile

If you are looking to land a translation job, then the first thing you need to do is to set up your profile on one of the translation job sites. There are numerous translation job sites available online that will help you find work. The best part is that, most of these sites do not charge a fee for their services, so they are a very good option for those who are just starting out in this line of work.

In order to translate, you’re going to need to do more than just sign up on a translation-job site. You’ll need to set up an attractive profile. That means a professional photo and some stellar copy.

It doesn’t have to be fancy. If you’ve got an eye for composition, you can use your phone to take some pics, but if you’re like me, then you’re going to need to use your DSLR and editing software. I love to spend my weekends doing photo shoots. Just think about the jobs you could land by having a kickass looking profile and some decent photos!

Build A Strong Business Brand

If you want to land translation jobs, you need a business brand. This means creating a business website where people can learn more about you and your work, buy your work, and even engage in a dialogue with you.

Make sure that this website is easy to navigate, has links to your social media accounts, and is packed with useful information about what you do and what your strengths and weaknesses are.

Some translation work is more straightforward than others. If you can create translations that are great quality without requiring tons of grammar corrections, you’ll have an advantage over other people who are trying to get the same job.

Use Keywords In Your Post Headers And Resume

This is a tried and true method of scoring your first translation job. Be sure to include your keyword in the top and left-hand corners of your resume and post headings.

The Keyword Fluff method has been around for years and if you aren’t getting interviews then you have to consider whether or not the skill set you’re sending out is really worth the time to interview.

You can never overestimate the value of including a target keyword in your resume or your post header. If you don’t, you’re simply wasting everyone’s time. You can also use language proficiency in your resume, but you need to evaluate it for each market. Some jobs you need to have mastery in many languages to be considered for.

Post Your Translations Online

When you want to translate for a living, you’re in a market that’s pretty saturated with English-speaking talent. This makes it hard to land a job, but there are plenty of online resources to help you.

I recommend looking for translation jobs that don’t require being fluent in the language you want to translate for. I love using Hubstaff Talent when I’m looking to hire people to translate because there’s an unlimited amount of jobs and payment can be made online.

Even if you can’t be 100% fluent in a language, there are a lot of small niche tasks that can be translated. It’s also possible to translate documents and emails for clients directly. I have a lot of clients who need contract translation done and, if you’re fluent in Spanish or Arabic, it’s easy to set up translation for them.

Finding A Job Through An Agency Or Recruiter

Of course, some jobs are going to be easier to find than others. For example, translating some insurance claims might be much easier than translating some corporate communications. However, you can always ask your recruiter or company’s HR department about opportunities.

Additionally, if you’re a startup, you can turn to agencies or local businesses to find translators for your product. A great place to start is checking local places like job search engines like Monster and Indeed.

Sometimes, you won’t have the budget or time to meet with a recruiter or translate, but you can still find translation jobs online. Craigslist and Fiverr is two of the big go-to site for translation gigs.

Check The Classifieds, Reach Out To Companies

If you haven’t done so already, check the classifieds. They have been around for ages and are still a great way to find translation jobs.

The biggest translation agencies have websites with hundreds of job openings listed. They’re also owned by big corporations and they are able to find work for you easily. In fact, they are able to look at your resume and decide if you have the skills to translate their job ad.

One of the biggest places to find translation jobs is through websites. You’ll be amazed at how many translations are available for purchase. You’ll see the ads for the translation jobs and you can then contact the customer to get a quote. Companies also post ads to various sites and you can search for them using the keywords you need.

Use Social Media Effectively

You can use social media to find translation work. There are many translation job boards out there with automated postings. But if you want to get paid well, you need to go to the proper people and start posting on forums and using social media.

Many translation employers are on forums. Here’s how to find the right forums for your profession: Be specific and say that you are looking for translating work. If you want to translate business cards, for example, you would say you are looking for business card translation jobs.

You can use email, facebook, or other social media to ask. After your request, be specific. Ask where they are posting translations. Don’t be vague and just say you are looking for translation jobs.

Get Recommendations From People Who Know You Well

Some people seem to be fluent in multiple languages, and others don’t speak much of any. So if you can’t find your first job or your first big contract to translate, your best bet is to find someone who has worked with you before. They may be willing to offer an introduction to someone who does speak your language well.

It may not seem like it, but there is a lot of demand for translators, especially in Asia. If you’re passionate about international development, then you’ll be surprised how much work that is out there. If you are fluent in another language, you may be able to get a job translating for a high-ranking politician or their PR team.

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