Applying for jobs with companies.
Thread poster: Sarah Wachilonga

Sarah Wachilonga  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:57
English to Swahili
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Nov 30, 2010

Hi everyone,
I am a new member, I have read a lot in the forum on how to get started. Among the suggestions given is that I have to submit my application letters to as many companies as possible. I am however having problems on how to do this, do I have to open the companies profile one by one and submit my letter? and how do I know if that company deals with my language pairs? I would also like some genuine suggestions on how to improve my profile.
Please advise me, thank you all.


Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:57
Member (2007)
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Directories Nov 30, 2010

Hello Sarah,

Welcome to ProZ!

You clearly haven't found the "directories" tab yet. You need to search the companies' directory: if you restrict your search to ProZ corporate members who offer Swahili, you'll only be presented with 31 companies. Then, look at their BlueBoard entries to see what others have to say about them. For some of them, you'll be able to make a direct application from the BB, but if they aren't accepting applications that way, there are many other ways of applying (ProZ mail, their own email, their website, ...).

You should also look at the translators' directory and follow the advice given in "My directory ranking" to raise your profile on ProZ. You're already high up the list because you're a full member, but clients often choose from this list so being top wouldn't hurt!icon_smile.gif

As far as your profile etc goes, I'd say that you have to stop looking for a job and start running a business. I say that because your "about me" reads like a covering letter and your CV is all about education and who you've worked for and when - it doesn't really say what type of documents you can translate for a client.

Hope that helps and hope you freelancing career takes off.



Sarah Wachilonga  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:57
English to Swahili
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Thank you Nov 30, 2010

Hello Sheila,
Thanks a lot for giving me the facts, I will try to improve my profile and concerning submission of the application letters, I now know how to go about it. Thanks for your time.



Lucia Leszinsky
SITE STAFF winning strategies Dec 1, 2010

Dear Sarah,

In case you have not seen it yet, I am posting my reply to your previous thread here:

Hello Sarah,

First of all, thanks for joining! Membership will give you visibility to potential clients. However, there are a few other aspects to keep in mind to help you do more with that visibility.

The first thing you should know is that the main channel to get jobs at are direct searches outsourcers conduct in the directory, and not contacting potential clients yourself (not to mention that this is against site rule #3).

Now, having this in mind, check the following strategies to get jobs in the site (i.e. winning strategies):

1. A good profile, as your profile serves as your business card and directory listing, and it is the first impression of you that colleagues and potential clients will have when they find you at and when running web searches.

2. Membership, as members are ranked ahead of non-members in the directory of freelancers and interpreters, , and are then more visible in searches. Visit this page to check your current directory ranking.

3. KudoZ PRO points in your language pairs and fields of expertise, as this is how directory search results are ranked among the first group (members) and the second group (non-members). A few minutes of effort, a few times a month, may be all that is needed to boost your position in the freelancer directory.

4. Specialization. Let potential clients know what your fields of expertise are by listing fields in your profile in order --your specialty fields must be ordered accordingly, earning KudoZ points in those fields and in your top language pair, providing details in your "About me", etc. More tips on how to show your specialization are available here.

5. PRO status, as becoming a certified PRO will allow you to network and collaborate in an environment consisting entirely of screened professionals, including companies seeking the services of certified PROs only. (it is extremely important though that all previous strategies are put into use, and that all required information is gathered, before applying for inclusion into the Certified PRO Network).

As explained above, membership will give you visibility. But you have to make sure that, once you are visible to potential clients, you attract their attention and keep them interested by showing them a great profile and what you have to offer.

If you are willing to give these strategies a try --some of them you have already implemented, please let me know and I will be glad to assist you personally.

Also, perhaps you would like to sign up for the free webinar on "Meeting clients at" I will be offering this next Friday at 16:00 GMT:

For more information on winning strategies, please visit

Hope this helps icon_wink.gif

Kind regards,



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