How to get jobs at ProZ.com
Thread poster: Shirley Finkel-Hall

Shirley Finkel-Hall  Identity Verified
South Africa
Local time: 13:06
Spanish to English
Aug 25, 2010

Hi there

I joined Proz.com a little while back and have only recently become active, although I'm not a paying member.

I would just like to know if becoming a member helps in gaining clients and what other tips there are in winning bids and maintaining work-flow.

Also, what are the most recommended CAT tools at affordable rates?

Many thanks,
Shirley


 

Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.)  Identity Verified
Thailand
Local time: 18:06
Member (2004)
English to Thai
+ ...
Marketing activities and demo CAT Aug 25, 2010

Shirley Finkel wrote:
I would just like to know if becoming a member helps in gaining clients and what other tips there are in winning bids and maintaining work-flow.
Also, what are the most recommended CAT tools at affordable rates?

1. Do marketing activities. Read Proz forum on this point. By the way, winning bids is mostly based on your specialized service and price. Read and you know that we have a big and unreliable price war.

2. Demo CAT tools are available. Search and try before you buy.
Soonthon Lupkitaro


 

Lucia Leszinsky
SITE STAFF
Strategies to get jobs at ProZ.com Aug 25, 2010

Hello Shirley,

Maybe you would like to know that the main channel to get jobs at ProZ.com are direct searches in directories. Hence, the best strategies to get jobs in the site include:

1. A good profile. Profiles are service providers' public faces at ProZ.com. They serve as business cards and directory listings, and they are the first impression that colleagues and potential clients will have of service providers.

2. Membership, as members are ranked ahead of non-members and have more exposure, http://www.proz.com/membership/

3. KudoZ PRO points in top language pairs and fields of expertise, as this is how search results are ranked in the directory among the first group (members) and the second group (non-members).

4. Specialization. Having a main language pair and a main field of expertise on top, getting KudoZ in this combination and showing specialization in each profile area.

5. PRO status. Participating in the ProZ.com Certified PRO Network provides a powerful means for top professionals to distinguish themselves as such, through not only demonstration of their unique capabilities (in keeping with published industry standards), but also through peer/client/supplier review, http://www.proz.com/pro-tag/info/about/

If you want, I can help you out with giving these strategies a try, starting with your profile. Just contact me via my profile page (using the small envelope at the top of my profile) and we'll get started.

Hope this helps.

Regards,

Lucia


 

Tom in London
United Kingdom
Local time: 12:06
Member (2008)
Italian to English
Getting jobs Aug 25, 2010

Shirley Finkel wrote:

......I would just like to know if becoming a member helps in gaining clients and what other tips there are in winning bids and maintaining work-flow.

Also, what are the most recommended CAT tools at affordable rates?

Many thanks,
Shirley


Yes, becoming a member helps enormously. Proz.com is the the major worldwide site for all translation-related matters. It's an excellent investment.

BUT

I've never, ever, won any of the bidding contests and I don't expect I ever will.

BUT THEN AGAIN

There are so many useful resources of all kinds on PRoz.com.

OF course Proz.com won't procure work for you. That's your job! But it helps enormously. Just join up, explore the site, and give it time.

The best way to get jobs is to specialise in particular fields. Don't pretend you can translate anything from/to 20 different languages !

Good luck.

I've never found a CAT tool that didn't slow me down and get in the way of my translating work. So I don't use them.

[Edited at 2010-08-25 14:26 GMT]


 

Oliver Walter  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 12:06
Member (2005)
German to English
+ ...
Depends on your circumstances Aug 25, 2010

Tom in London wrote:
I've never found a CAT tool that didn't slow me down and get in the way of my translating work. So I don't use them.

[Edited at 2010-08-25 14:26 GMT]

Tom's work is perhaps not of a type that would derive much benefit from CAT tools. Read a discussion about them here:
http://www.proz.com/forum/translator_resources/172399-cat_tools_:_are_they_really_worth_the_investment.html

Oliver


 

Gerard de Noord  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 13:06
Member (2003)
German to Dutch
+ ...
Was going to flame you about your picture Aug 25, 2010

Hi Shirley,

I was thinking about advising you to change your picture but then I saw your fields of expertise and thougt your picture could actually help you.

You should elaborate on your medical competences in your profile and other marketing.

Good luck,
Gerard


 


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