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How Not To Get Hired Riccardo Schiaffino President Aliquantum, Inc.
How Not To Get Hired Whether you are looking for a job as a staff translator or you are offering your services as a freelancer, it is very important to make a good first impression. That means knowing which mistakes to avoid in your communications with your prospective employer or customer.
How Not To Get Hired First Impressions
Answer All Inquiries
First Impressions Know which mistakes to avoid in:
First Impressions Know which mistakes to avoid in: Cover letters Résumés Translation tests On the phone and during interviews
Cover Letters Concise May include a brief summary of your résumé Avoid any boasting Indicate your availability Give your rates If asked, dont disclose private information that you deem inappropriate, but explain briefly why you choose to do so
Résumés Reasonably short Legible Present most important information first Avoid irrelevant information Avoid anything that might seem unrealistic Follow the standards for your target market Avoid anything that might offend or that might score a mark against you (e.g., spelling errors)
Translation Tests If you decline to do them, leave you doors open Dont ask to be paid for them (consider them as overhead) Do your homework, and read any instruction provided carefully Dont miss the test deadline Dont call back to ask what something means Dont leave alternate translations Dont add Translators Notes Spell-check and self-edit your test carefully
On the Phone and During Interviews Dont appear unprepared Have your own questions ready Clarify any points that may seem unclear Dont start a discussion about your translation test Dont haggle after an agreement has been reached (you may do so before)
Conclusions How To Get Hired First Impressions Try to give the best impression that you can Answer all inquiries that you receive, even if only to say No, thanks
How To Get Hired Cover Letters Short and to the point
How To Get Hired Résumés Concise, readable, containing only the appropriate information
How To Get Hired Translation Tests Treat them as any other professional assignment
How To Get Hired Interviews Look up information on your prospective employer or customer Check your résumé and credentials as if you had received them from someone else Prepare any question you want to ask to your prospect