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Poll: Does a picture in your profile increase your chances of being contacted by outsourcers?
Thread poster: ProZ.com Staff
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Sep 18, 2008

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Does a picture in your profile increase your chances of being contacted by outsourcers?".

This poll was originally submitted by Päivikki Eriksson

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Cristina Heraud-van Tol  Identity Verified
Peru
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Probably Sep 18, 2008

I would say "Yes", and preferably if it's one of myself, instead of a thing, a baby or an animal, but how can I know? I think it's for outsources to reply to this question and see if they do.

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Diana Arbiser  Identity Verified
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How about "I don't know"? Sep 18, 2008

Honestly I haven't got a clue... My picture is there, but who knows what the outsourcer is looking for

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Barbara Clark  Identity Verified
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I say "yes" Sep 18, 2008

It certainly does not hurt to have a picture there. That alone shows that you put some effort in building up your profile and your image, which is very important in terms of marketing.

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I prefer "mugshot" Sep 18, 2008

Like Diana, I believe there should be "I don't know" option in this poll.

I believe having a picture of oneself gives a personal touch more than those of some abstract stuff or that of one's own pet that may or may not reflect the translators' personal taste. At least "mugshot" is more objective.

Yet, as she said we never know what the oursourcers out there looking.
I hope having picutre sways their decision in my favor, but that's not always the case.
Besides there are few cases in which outsourcers already know whom to assign the job, but it is there in the job announcement.

In a nutshell, picture may or may not help us.


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Sonja Kroll  Identity Verified
Germany
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I think it's not the worst idea Sep 18, 2008

to add a face to the profile, all the more as we seldom meet one another in person. It helps me remember people better for sure.

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Sofia Lima
Portugal
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I don't think so Sep 18, 2008

I don't think so. Why should a picture matter when one has comproved experience and clients's credentials?

I agree that updating the profile shows interess by the professional, but it shouldn't be determinant in the selection process.


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Alexandra Goldburt
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Agre with those who said "I don't know" Sep 18, 2008

Except I would modify it as "I don't know for sure, but I hope it does".

Same as "probably"? Well, yes - but more explicit.


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lillkakan
Local time: 01:29
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For some, not for others Sep 18, 2008

I think for those who photograph nicely, a photo can add appeal to the profile, but I would never personally have my photo posted. I don't want it to matter and I think that if I had a photo, it would decrease rather than increase my chances of being contacted for business.

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Sonja Kroll  Identity Verified
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Not really matter, that is too much said. Sep 18, 2008

It is just that our faces are as much a part of us as is our expertise, and we are somewhat artificially isolated working over the internet. I don't think it could be harmful to look at one another from time to time, and I don't refer solely to the clients although they were the question's focus. A picture's got more of a person than a mere name, that's all. I wouldn't overvalue the matter, either. (Unlike some weirdos who only assign jobs to people with photoshttp://www.proz.com/forum/translation_theory_and_practice/115384-a_picture_for_a_translation_job.html )

[Edit for clarification]

[Bearbeitet am 2008-09-19 08:12]


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Nigel Greenwood  Identity Verified
Spain
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An image is worth a thousand words. Sep 19, 2008

The old saying: "An image is worth more than a thousand words", is sufficiently eloquent.


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D BANNON  Identity Verified
United States
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Korean to English
Native Speaker Sep 19, 2008

Only two clients have ever mentioned the photo. However, both clients were specifically seeking a native English speaker. Although there are certainly many Korean-Americans raised in the US that are native speakers, in the case of these two clients, the photo quickly communicated the "native speaker" status they sought. In translating Asian languages (Korean-to-English in my case), a translator photo is a quick reference for potential clients, particularly if they require a native Korean or native English speaker.

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Erik Hansson  Identity Verified
Germany
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Pictures can be different Sep 19, 2008

I first voted for "Yes", but my 2nd thought now would be that it all depends on what kind of picture you have inserted into your profile.
Some profiles here have pictures (photos) where I strongly believe they were taken after a 7 hour's session in the pub or after a party night on the beach - I don't think that such pictures are very suitable to attract potential clients. In such cases it would be a better idea to leave the photo away completely or use a logo instead.


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svenfrade  Identity Verified
Germany
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Weirdo? Sep 19, 2008

Sonja Kroll wrote:
I wouldn't overvalue the matter, either. (Unlike some weirdoshttp://www.proz.com/forum/translation_theory_and_practice/115384-a_picture_for_a_translation_job.html )

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Well, Sonja, perhaps you know the saying "everyone's entiteled to their own opinion", but this doesn't hold true for Germany, I know...

I think that we are free to discuss our opinions in this forum and I don't see why me and some others should be called "weirdos" for voicing our opinion, in this case that we find it ridiculous to explicitly ask for a photo when looking for a translator.

Perhaps you should choose your words a bit more carefully when referring to others.


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Sonja Kroll  Identity Verified
Germany
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With "weirdos", I was Sep 19, 2008

referring to the people who asked for the photo, not to those who found that weird.
I hadn't thought this could be confounded. I'm sorry!

Edit: Thank you for making me aware that my comment can be understood that way (*eek)... I have adapted it accordingly.

[Bearbeitet am 2008-09-19 08:45]


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