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1 Riccardo Schiaffino President Aliquantum, Inc. How Not To Get HiredRiccardo SchiaffinoPresidentAliquantum, Inc.
2 How Not To Get HiredWhether 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.
5 Know which mistakes to avoid in: First ImpressionsKnow which mistakes to avoid in:
6 Know which mistakes to avoid in: First ImpressionsKnow which mistakes to avoid in:Cover lettersRésumésTranslation testsOn the phone and during interviews
7 Cover Letters Concise May include a brief summary of your résumé Avoid any boastingIndicate your availabilityGive your ratesIf asked, don’t disclose private information that you deem inappropriate, but explain briefly why you choose to do so
8 Résumés Reasonably short Legible Present most important information firstAvoid irrelevant informationAvoid anything that might seem unrealisticFollow the standards for your target marketAvoid anything that might offend or that might score a mark against you (e.g., spelling errors)
9 Translation Tests If you decline to do them, leave you doors open Don’t ask to be paid for them (consider them as overhead)Do your homework, and read any instruction provided carefullyDon’t miss the test deadlineDon’t call back to ask what something meansDon’t leave alternate translationsDon’t add “Translator’s Notes”Spell-check and self-edit your test carefully
10 On the Phone and During Interviews Don’t appear unpreparedHave your own questions readyClarify any points that may seem unclearDon’t start a discussion about your translation testDon’t haggle after an agreement has been reached (you may do so before)
11 Conclusions How To Get Hired First ImpressionsTry to give the best impression that you canAnswer all inquiries that you receive, even if only to say “No, thanks”
12 How To Get Hired Cover Letters Short and to the point
13 How To Get Hired Résumés Concise, readable, containing only the appropriate information
14 How To Get Hired Translation Tests Treat them as any other professional assignment
15 How To Get Hired Interviews Look up information on your prospective employer or customerCheck your résumé and credentials as if you had received them from someone elsePrepare any question you want to ask to your prospect