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  • 1 - Profiles: general


    Getting the most out of your ProZ.com profile:



    You may also be interested in:


  • using your Profile updater to build a strong profile and better market yourself

  • your KudoZ dashboard (notifications for KudoZ questions)

  • your Jobs dashboard Jobs dashboard (notifications for jobs)

  • troubleshooting your KudoZ notifications

  • troubleshooting your Jobs notifications

  • ProZ.com video tutorials

  • 1.1 - What types of profiles are available at ProZ.com?

    When registering at ProZ.com you can create a profile of any of the following account types:



  • 1.2 - How can I set my account type?

    You can set your account type by clicking on "Profile updater" in your main profile page, choosing among the profile types available and clicking on "Save and update profile" at the bottom of the page.

    At the moment, the following account types are available:


    • Freelancer (translator and/or interpreter)
    • Translation agency/company
    • Freelancer and outsourcer
    • Student
    • End customer
    • None of the above


    Watch this short video tutorial on how to set your account type:





  • 1.3 - Which account type should I choose?


    1. If you are primarily an individual freelance translator or interpreter, you should choose the "Freelance translator and/or interpreter" account type.
    2. If you represent a translation agency/company, or a group of individuals providing language services, please select the "Translation agency/company" account type.
    3. If you are an individual who provides freelance language services, but also outsources jobs, you can select the "Freelancer and outsourcer" account type.
    4. If you are currently studying language, translation or interpretation, you should choose the "Translation student" account type.
    5. If you are an end customer, please select the "End customer" account type.
    6. If you represent a vendor or advertiser, please select the "Vendor / advertiser to the translation industry" account type.
    7. If you do not fit into one of the categories mentioned above, please select the account type "Other."


  • 1.4 - Are there any differences in the profile structure of the different account types available?

    Yes. The profile sections and tabs will vary depending on your profile's account type. Below there is a graphic description of the profile tabs for the different account types:

    Freelancer (translator and/or interpreter) account type*



    *Student, End customer and None of the above account types also have the profile tabs shown above.

    Translation agency/company account type



    Freelancer and outsourcer account type



  • 1.5 - At the time I registered I selected a certain account type, but now I think a different account type will reflect my current situation more accurately. Can I change my account type?

    Yes, you can edit your account type to suit your preferences from the "ProZ.com Account" section of your "Profile updater".

    Make sure to click on "Save and update profile" once you are done.


  • 1.6 - How do I begin completing my new profile?

    Go to your "Profile updater" to update your profile, including contact information, financial information, and more.

    Make sure to click on "Save and update profile" once you are done.

  • 6.1 - How can I edit/update the information in my profile?

    There are two ways of editing the information in your profile:

    1- You can click on the "edit" icon usually shown below or next to the profile feature. This will directly take you to the section you would like to update.



    2- You can go to your "Profile updater" and click on the section(s) you would like to update. Make sure to click on "Save and update profile" once you are done.

    Note: you should be logged in the site to be able to edit/update your profile.



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  • 1.7 - What is my profile ID/number?

    Your profile ID/number is the last number at the end of your profile URL. To see it go to My profile and check the last number shown in the URL of your profile box at the top left of your profile. To create a profile simply register (free) at http://www.proz.com/register


  • 1.8 - Can I control the visibility of the information in my profile?

    Yes, you can control what profile visitors see in your profile in two ways, depending on the type of information you would like to show / hide:


    1. By setting visibility permissions for the information you enter via your Profile updater:


    2. By toggling visibility of pre-formatted features by clicking on the "toggle" icon next to them:



  • 1.9 - How do I enter my first and last names in my profile?

    To enter your real name in your profile, visit the "ProZ.com account" section of your visit the Profile updater and enter your first and last names in the Contact first name and Contact last name write-in fields respectively. Finally, click on "Save and update profile" at the bottom of the page to save your data.

    You can set visibility permissions for your name under the "Define your site name" section, within the "Identity" box.


  • 1.10 - How do I hide / show my real name in my profile?

    You can chose to show or hide your real name in your profile at any time.

    If the name visible in your profile is your username and you want to show your real name instead, just go to the "ProZ.com account" section of your
    Profile updater and enter your real name in the 'Identity' field. Once you have entered your real name, select the "Show first and last name, as entered in profile" option in the 'Define your site name' section (within the same 'Identity' box), make sure that the "Show to everyone" visibility option is selected and click on "Save and update profile" at the bottom of the page to save the changes.

    If what is showing is your real name and you want to show your username instead, just select the "Show username, as used in login" option in the 'Define your site name' section of the 'Identity' box and then click on "Save and update profile" at the bottom of the page.

    Note that name changes may take up to 1 hour to become effective.


  • 1.11 - Can I show my real name to outsourcers and my username to other users?

    Yes, all you have to do is enter your real name in your profile and choose the option to show it only to outsourcers in your Profile Updater. Please note that this setting is based on account type, so your real name will not be shown to outsourcers who are not logged in, or those who have not properly classified their profiles.


  • 1.12 - I do not want my real name to show in search engines. How can I change this?

    Profiles, similar to the forums and KudoZ, are public. This means that they can be indexed by search engines and displayed as part of search results. If you have chosen to show your real name as your site name (profile name) it is then possible that your real name is then shown as part of search engine results. If this is the case, and you want your name to stop showing in search engines results, start by changing your site name (profile name) at ProZ.com. To do so, go to your Profile updater and change your site name settings by selecting " Show username, as used in login". Remember to click on "Save and update profile" at the bottom of the page. Note that this change may take a few minutes to become visible in your profile page.

    Once the change has been made effective in your ProZ.com profile and your username / login name shows instead of your real name, you will still need to request the removal of the cache version of your profile page (or any other ProZ.com page in which your real name shows) from search engines or else wait until search engines update their indexes (this may take a few months). In the case of Google, you may request the removal of any cache page containing your real name here.

    If you need help with any of the steps described above, please contact site staff via the support system.


  • 1.13 - I changed my site name but search engines still show the old name. Why?

    When you chose to display a given site name (real name or username), it may be cached by some search engines. Thus, if you decide to change this name later, or to change visibility permissions for your site name, it will take a certain period of time for search engines to update their cache and stop showing the old profile or site name.

    If you do not want search engines to show your old site name, you can apply to have it removed from Google caché here:

    http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/topic.py?topic=8459


  • 1.14 - Why are certain fields classified as 'required' or 'encouraged'?

    The classification of a profile field as 'required' or 'encouraged' (as opposed to simply 'available') corresponds to the possible contribution of that field to the goal of helping to ensure that a profile owner gets the most out of ProZ.com.

    * 'Required' fields are those that are important enough that the failure to supply data for the field (or alternatively, to explicitly decline to enter data) results in the profile being regarded as 'incomplete'.

    * 'Encouraged' fields are those that may help a profile owner to get more out of ProZ.com, though are not necessarily as critical as the 'required' fields.

    Note that in classifying a given field as 'required' or 'encouraged', ProZ.com is not endorsing the use of that field either for qualifying translators or for any other purpose. It is one of the guiding principles of the site that users are given the tools to help them work in the ways they choose to do so. In other words, a profile field tends to exist when there are enough people who want to use it (either to share information or to search by it.) Therefore, the classification of a field as 'required' or 'encouraged' tends to correspond to the relative frequency with which that field is used.


  • 1.15 - Can I link to my ProZ.com profile from my personal website? Can I use the logo when I do so?

    Yes. You can find a comprehensive description of how to do it here.

    Make sure you add "/profile/{your profile number} after "a href="http://www.proz.com".


  • 1.16 - What link should I provide my customers to direct them to my ProZ.com profile?

    You can find this information in your own profile, above your picture and username.



  • 1.17 - How can I see my profile as visitors would see it?

    To view your profile as any visitor would view it, simply click on 'Force visitor view' at the top of your profile page:



    To go back, just click on 'Return to owner view'.


  • 1.18 - Can I control the language in which visitors see my profile?

    Yes. Go to the "Settings" tab in your profile,



    and click on "Search engine settings". Under the default language, choose the language in which you would like visitors to view your profile and check the box to force that view. Any visitor who comes from another site and is not logged in to ProZ.com will automatically see your profile in the language you chose.


  • 1.19 - How do I change visibility settings for the "Blue Board entries made by this user" section of my profile?

    You can chose to hide your clients names or location by selecting the "None" visibility option for these areas from the "Feedback" section of your Profile updater.

    You can also hide the "Blue Board entries made by this user" section of your profile by selecting "No" in the 'Show Blue Board LWA' section of the Blue Board feedback box or by clicking on the two small arrows next to this section in your profile main page.


  • 1.20 - How can I edit my date and time display preferences?

    By default, all times are shown on the site in GMT. However, registered users can choose to see times in their preferred time zone instead.

    You can change the way dates and times appear to you on ProZ.com by adjusting your date and time display preferences
    here. In addition to setting your time zone, you can specify whether you prefer to see times using a 12- or 24-hour clock, for example.

    Note that you can also get to the edit page by clicking the time zone link in the current time that is shown at the top of each site page.


  • 1.21 - Which time zone should I choose?

    Some countries have several different time zones to choose from. This is often a result of different regions within the country observing different rules about when to adjust clocks for daylight savings time (or whether to observe it at all).

    If several time zones are listed for your country, choose the one with the GMT offset that matches your current time.

    If there is more than one time zone with your GMT offset, choose the time zone associated with the nearest large metropolitan city. Some attempt has been made to indicate the most common time zones in these cases.

    If you are in a jurisdiction with daylight savings time rules that are unusual for your area, you are likely already aware of this, and you should select the time zone that indicates this special region.


  • 1.22 - How can I accept PayPal payments through my profile page?

    First, you need to set up a Paypal account. Go to: PayPal (Click on 'Sign up for your FREE PayPal Account')

    It will take from a few days to a week for your account to go through. Once it has, you simply go to your "Profile updater", click on "Financial" or "Finance" section, and then enter the email address you used to set up the Paypal account in the "PayPal email" space provided under "Payment methods". Be sure to click on "Save and update profile" once you are done.

    Note that you can set visibility/access permissions for your PayPal email address in your profile from your Profile Updater.

    If you select 'Show to no one' as visibility permission, profile visitors will not have access to your PayPal email address and will only see a "PayPal accepted" legend in the "Pay" section at the top of your profile.

    However, if 'Show to everyone' is selected, profile visitors will be able to see a link to PayPal webpage in which your PayPal email address will be shown.

    Finally, if the 'Show to outsourcers only' visibility option is selected, only visitors with company profiles will be able to link to PayPal webpage from the PayPal link at the top of your profile (and see your PayPal email address) while visitors with freelancer profiles will see the legend that is shown when selecting 'Show to no one' visibility option.


  • 1.23 - How can I accept Skrill payments through my profile page?

    Just go to your "Profile updater", click on "Financial" or "Finance" section, and then enter your Skrill email address in the "Skrill email" field provided under "Payment methods". Make sure to click on "Save and update profile" once you are done.


  • 1.24 - Can I accept other payment methods through my profile?

    No. You may declare payment methods you accept from clients, including credit cards and wire transfers, and you may add Skrill or PayPal links to your profile to allow clients to more easily send payment via these methods, but ProZ.com does not process outsourcer-service provider payments through your profile.


  • 1.25 - Can I receive files through my profile?

    Yes. You can receive files sent to you through your profile page via the Send file (beta)... option at the top of the addressee's profile page.



    You will find more information about the Send file (beta)... function here.


  • 1.26 - What kinds of content (text, HTML, etc.) can I put in my profile page?

    Only plain text and basic HTML can be used in Profile pages. JavaScript, HTML tables, and other advanced techniques will usually not work. Your ProZ.com Site, however, can support all types of contents, including JavaScript. To access your ProZ.com site, use the "Create your site" or "Edit your site" links on your Profile page.


  • 1.27 - Can I use HTML in my personal information (first name, last name, username, etc.)?

    No, only plain text may be used. HTML characters such as < or > will be converted to plain text.

    This also applies to your keywords and tagline. The basic rule of thumb is that if it appears only on your Profile page, HTML is allowed. If it appears anywhere else on the site, HTML is not allowed.


  • 1.28 - How do I delete my profile?

    You can delete your profile by going to your "settings" tab from your profile page. Once you've arrived to your settings tab, you will need to scroll down and click on the link that reads "Remove account" which then will enable to remove your profile entirely.



    Note: Once you remove your profile, email notifications will automatically stop. Also, if you ever want to reactivate your profile, you may contact support to have them reactivate your account.


  • 1.29 - How can I change the title displayed in my profile?

    In order to add/edit the title displayed in your profile, go to the Settings tab and select the "Search engine settings" section. In this way you can add/edit the title displayed in your profile or leave this field blank to use a ProZ.com search engine optimized title.


  • 1.30 - Can I add a user message to my profile?

    Yes. To add a user message to your profile, simply click on the small note pad next to "User message" in your profile main page, enter your message and click on "Save".




    You can also use the HTML tags in your message.


  • 1.31 - Can I add a tagline to my profile?

    Yes. You can add a short phrase that sums up your most important attribute as a service provider or outsourcer (or tagline) to show below your site name in your profile and in the Translators and interpreter directory.

    To enter a tagline, click on the small edit icon next to "Edit your tagline", below your profile name. This will take you to the "Personalization" section of your Profile updater. Type in your tagline and then click on "Save and update profile" at the bottom of the page to save the changes.


  • 1.32 - How do I report my translation education in my profile?

    To report your translation education, go to the "Professional history" section of your Profile updater and select the highest translation-related degree you have earned from the drop-down menu and then specify the issuing school. Finally, click on "Save and update profile" to save this new information.


  • 1.33 - How do I report years of experience in my profile?

    To add information on the years of translation experience you have, simply go to the "Professional history" section of your Profile Updater, specify your years of experience and the year in which you started working as a professional translator and then click on "Save and Update profile" to save this information.


  • 1.34 - I need help with completing my profile. Who should I contact?

    If you need help with completing your profile, contact site staff via a support request. Site staff will be able to help you with missing information as well as with making your profile even more appealing to potential clients.

    You can also watch this video tutorial, see if you can apply this to your profile, and then contact site staff so that they have a good look at your profile and suggest any further additions or improvements.



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  • 2 - Services

  • 2.1 - How do I add a monolingual service?

    Some users may choose to add monolingual services in their profiles, including checking/editing, voiceover, education, transcription, etc. To do this, simply go to the 'Languages' section of your Profile Updater, click on 'Add new pair' and choose the same language in both the 'Source language' and 'Target language' drop-down menus.

    Then, check all the appropriate boxes to indicate the services you perform for this monolingual language 'pair,' and click on the 'Add pair' button.

    If you check your profile then, you will see under your profile picture that a 'XXX (monolingual)' language has been added.


  • 2.2 - How can I report the services I offer?

    To report the services you offer, simply go the "Services" section of your Profile updater and select the services you offer from the list to the left and click on "Add>>". Once you have added your services to the list to the right, click on "Save and update profile" at the bottom of the page to save your services.


  • 2.3 - Why is it important to report services offered?

    Your profile is your public face at ProZ.com. It serves as your business card and directory listing, and is the first impression of you that colleagues and potential clients will have when they find you at ProZ.com. ProZ.com profiles have the highest Google "page rank" of all human translation portals. This means that in addition to finding your profile via ProZ.com, there is also a good chance that potential clients will find your ProZ.com profile when seeking language professionals using search engines such as Google or Yahoo!--provided that you optimize your profile accordingly. So, by reporting in your profile the services you offer, you increase the chances of showing as part of search results when potential clients search by keyword (eg. "translation", "interpreting", "training", etc.).

    Also, reporting services in your profile allows you to be notified of recent job postings in the language pairs and the fieldsyou are interested (also reported in your profile). For information on the criteria taken into account for job notifications, click here. To set your job notification preferences, visit your jobs dashboard.

    Finally, remember that to be able to quote on jobs and show up in the directory, you must have reported in your profile the service specified by the outsourcer in the job posting or in the directory search.


  • 2.4 - I am listed as an agency but I also work as a freelancer, should I have two profiles?

    No, you don't need to have two profiles. Many agencies in the site are listed as both agencies and freelancers. To be recognized as both, all you need to do is go to your "Profile updater" and select the option 'Freelancer and outsourcer' for Account type.


  • 2.5 - I'm not listed as interpreter

    Please check that you have added "Interpreting" in the "Services & offerings" section of your "Profile updater".




    Make sure to click on "Save and update profile" once you are done.


  • 2.6 - How can I report software / CAT tools I use in my profile?

    You can report any software or CAT tool you use in the "Services and offerings" section of your Profile updater. Just select a software from the list available to the left in the "Software / CAT tools" section and clock on "Add". Once you have added all the software tools you want to report to the list on the right, just click on "Save and update profile" at the bottom of the page. If the CAT tool or software you want to list is not provided, use the "Add CAT tool / software not listed" field to report such tool.


  • 2.7 - I am SDL TRADOS Certified. How do I show it on my profile?

    If you are SDL TRADOS Certified, you can show it in your profile under the Services tab. To do so, you must first add SDL TRADOS to your list of supported software here and click on 'Save and update'. When the page refreshes, you will see an option to show your SDL TRADOS Certification on your profile.

    To learn more about SDL TRADOS Certification visit this page.



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  • 3 - Languages

  • 3.1 - How do I report a new language pair in my profile?

    To report a new language pair in your profile go to the "Languages" section of your Profile updater and select a source and a target language from the "Add new language pair" drop-down menus. Select one or more services you offer in the new language pair being added and click on "Save and update profile" at the bottom of the page.


  • 3.2 - How do I change the order of language pairs reported in my profile?

    To change the order of language pairs reported in your profile, go to the "Languages" section of your Profile Updater, click and drag each pair to the position you would like them to appear in your profile and click on "Save current order" to save the order selected. Don't forget to click on "Save and update profile" at the bottom of the page to save the changes applied.


  • 3.3 - How do I enter "languages of interest"?

    To enter a language of interest in your profile, just enter a new language pair from the "Languages" section of your Profile updater as you would normally do (following the steps described here). Once the language pair has been reported, click on "Edit" next to the pair just added and you will be given 2 options: 1) I work in this pair, show it in my profile and 2) I only have an interest in this pair, do not show it in my profile. Select this last option and finally click on 'Save and update profile' at the bottom of the page to save the changes applied.

    If you want to turn a working language pair into a pair of interest, just go to the "Languages" section of your Profile updater and click on "Edit" next to the language pair you want to change. You will be given 2 options: 1) I work in this pair, show it in my profile and 2) I only have an interest in this pair, do not show it in my profile. Select this last option and finally click on 'Save and update profile' at the bottom of the page to save the changes applied.


  • 3.4 - How do I report my native language(s)?

    You can report your native language or languages (with a maximum of 2) from the "Languages" section of your Profile updater. In the "Native language" field, select your native language(s) from the menu available to the left and click on "Add". Then, simply click on "Save and update profile" at the bottom of the page to save your changes.


  • 3.5 - Native language variants

  • 5.1 - Why is ProZ.com asking for my native language variants?

    At this time ProZ.com is gathering information on language variants. The purpose of this project will be determined once sufficient information has been received and analyzed.


  • 5.2 - In which language should I write my variant?

    English.
    Gathering data this way helps keep the information consistent. That being said, these entries may be localized later on.


  • 5.3 - How will this data be used?

    At this point, there are no plans to use the data other than gather information.


  • 5.4 - Can job posters filter by this information?

    No, and there are currently no plans to offer this as a filter.


  • 5.5 - How many variants may I specify?

    You may enter in two variants per native language.


  • 5.6 - I am proficient in multiple variants of my language, which should I add?

    You should add those variants that you are most comfortable with. In many cases these will be the ones that you have worked with the longest, but may in fact be those that you currently use on a daily basis.



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  • 4 - Fields of Expertise

  • 4.1 - How can I report fields in my profile?

    To report fields in your profile, go to the "Services and offerings" section of your Profile updater. To report 'General fields' simply select a field from the list to the right and click on "Add" to have the chosen field(s) added to the list on the left. Once you have moved to the left all the general fields you want to report, just click on "Save and update profile" at the bottom of the page to save your selections.

    To report specialty, working and interest fields, select each field from the list available in the 'Specialty fields' section and click on "Add to list of fields in which I specialize", "Add to list of fields in which I work" or "Add to list of fields in which I am interested" depending on the category in which you want to report each field. Click on "Save and update profile" at the bottom of the page to save the fields added.


  • 4.2 - How can I remove fields from my profile?

    To remove a field reported in your profile, go to the "Services and offerings" section of your Profile updater. If the field you want to remove is a general field, just select the field you want to delete from the list to the left and click on "Remove". Finally, click on "Save and update profile" at the bottom of the Profile updater page to save the changes.

    To remove specialty, working or interest fields, just check the box next to the field you want to remove and then click on "Remove selected" at the bottom of the list. Do not forget to click on "Save and update profile" at the bottom of the page to save the recent change.


  • 4.3 - Can I change the order of fields reported in my profile?

    Yes, you can change the order of specialty, working and interest fields you have reported in your profile from the "Services and offerings" section of your Profile updater. Just click on each field and drag it to the position you would like it to occupy in the list of fields. Remember to click on "Save order" at the bottom of the list after moving each field.


  • 4.4 - How are fields of expertise classified at ProZ.com?

    Several category structures are used throughout ProZ.com for the purpose of classifying job postings, term questions, personal areas of expertise, glossaries, and more. There are two main structures: the ProZ.com general categories (9 of them), and the ProZ.com detailed categories (over 100).


  • 4.5 - What are the detailed categories of expertise?

    The detailed categories are a subject classification system developed based on the keywords used in a free entry box to describe the fields of KudoZ questions asked.

    This more detailed category structure has been created with the following aims:
    * Providing a means of expressing specific areas of expertise in profiles and jobs
    * Providing finer KudoZ categorization, enabling more targeted emailing and, eventually, user download of field-specific glossaries

    All users are advised to enter detailed fields of expertise (working and interest) in their profile pages, in the expertise section. Also, whenever possible, a detailed category should be entered at the time a new KudoZ question is posted. Furthermore, users with a sufficient number of KudoZ points can be given the right to classify questions which the asker has not classified with detailed categories, and are encouraged to do so.


  • 4.6 - How were the fields used determined?

    Both the general and detailed sets of "disciplines" were created based upon analysis of site usage patterns. The general categories are the top general categories in which jobs were posted during a period of review. The detailed categories are the top detailed categories in which KudoZ terms were posted during a period of review.


  • 4.7 - The fields don't seem to make any sense.

    The taxonomy of fields used at ProZ.com reflects market characteristics. No attempt has been made to make it stand up to rigorous academic analysis.


  • 4.8 - There is a field available in the directory, but I can not enter it as a speciality of mine. How do I get listed under that category?

    You can get listed under any category you choose. You just need to understand how ProZ.com handles fields in pull-down menus.

    The way we do the pull-down menus is a little unorthodox. Because, for example, some people think "cars"--while our "official" category is "automotive"--we add double-entries for some fields in pull-down menus. These "psuedo-fields" do nothing but point to our "official" categories.

    In the case of the category we officially call "Travel & Tourism", for example, we added a psuedo-category called "Hotels = Tourism" that simply points to "Travel & Tourism". So if you enter "Travel & Tourism" in your areas of specialization, your name will come up in directory searches for "Hotels = Tourism", too.

    Note that any time you see a category with an equal sign (=), that is a double entry (a psuedo-field) representing another, "official" one.


  • 4.9 - Why is my specialty not available?

    If you can't find your specialty, please send in a support request indicating which one you would liked added and then we will add it to our task list for development.


  • 4.10 - Can I suggest a change to the structure?

    Yes, please enter a support request.

    Note that it is unlikely that a category would be added based upon a single request. But requests for additional categories, coupled with ongoing review of site usage patterns, will determine future changes to the category structure.


  • 4.11 - What are some categories shown twice - like "cars" and "automotive"?

    Because a significant number of people entered the field name in each of those ways during the review period. In order to prevent separation of similar data (for example, KudoZ terms), these identical (or almost identical) categories are tied together in the database. So it does not matter if you enter a question as an "automotive" or "car" question; it will be treated and shown in exactly the same way thereafter.

    The best way to work with the detailed category structure is not to think about it too much!


  • 4.12 - How many "general", "specialties", and "working" fields can I enter in my profile from the "Edit Specialties" page?

    You are allowed to enter up to 10 specialties, 30 working fields, and for now, all of the general fields you like.

    Note: Only 5 or less from the general field will appear on your profile page, however all your "specialty fields" will appear on your profile page.


  • 4.13 - What is the difference between 'Specialty fields' and 'Working fields'?

    Specialty fields are also working fields, but they are fields in which you specialize or do your best work. If your top area is, say, Medicine, you should make sure it is listed as your top specialty, and you should consider accompanying this with sample translations related to Medicine in your profile. Outsourcers can look for language professionals by specialty fields, so this can be important in meeting potential clients.


  • 4.14 - How do I edit my working, interests, specialties, general fields on my profile page?

    On the bottom left of your profile page there is a link titled "edit expertise" under the title "Expertise". (Also, you can edit your specialties under the "setting tab" under the title "fields of expertise" from your profile page.) Click on "edit expertise", which will allow you to edit your working, interests, specialties, and general fields.


  • 4.15 - Why can't I enter more than 10 "specialty" fields (and 30 "working" fields)?

    It is possible to select 10 "specialty" and 30 "working" fields, which means you may appear in the directory for a total of 40 fields. While we recognize that there are translators who are able to work in more fields, users are asked to select their best 10 (and after that, their next-best 30). If you would like to market yourself in other fields as well, we ask that you do so with your local clients, or using channels available to you besides the ProZ.com directory--there, we just want your top 10/40.


  • 4.16 - How do I know which item I've chosen on the expertise page?

    Once you've clicked on the radio button or in the boxed area of a given selection, that particular box chosen will then appear highlighted yellow for easy visibility.


  • 4.17 - Why aren't my detailed categories of expertise displayed on my profile page?

    Only categories that you select as "specialty" categories will appear on your profile page.


  • 4.18 - What is the "counter box" on the "edit expertise page"?

    The counter box keeps track of how many "specialty" and "working" fields you have left to enter. Remember you can only enter 10 "specialty" fields and "30" working fields.

    Note: You can hide the counter by clicking [hide] on the counter box. Also, the counter only works with javascript.


  • 4.19 - The "counter" is covering the specialty/working columns, what can I do?

    On some computer monitors the "counter" may overlap your column choices. If this is happening, you can either hide the hit counter or you can scroll down slowly, which will move the "counter" so you can select the button.


  • 4.20 - Why is it not possible to specify the same field as specialty, working and interest field?

    Once a field has been added to an area (as specialization, working or interest field) through the Profile updater, it will no longer be available in the list of fields to be added to one of the other two areas.

    The logic behind this is that if you report a field as a specialty field, then you work and you are interested in this field. So, no need to add it in all three areas. In the same way, if you work in a field then it means you are interested in that field but you are not necessarily an specialist. Finally, being interested in a field does not mean you are an specialist or that you work in that field.



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