First of all, thanks for joining ProZ.com! 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 ProZ.com 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 ProZ.com and when running web searches.
, as members are ranked ahead of non-members in the directory of freelancers and interpreters, http://www.proz.com/translator-directory/
, 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.
. 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 ProZ.com" I will be offering this next Friday at 16:00 GMT:http://www.proz.com/translator-training/course/4144-meeting-clients-at-proz-com
For more information on ProZ.com winning strategies, please visit http://wiki.proz.com/wiki/index.php/ProZ.com_winning_strategies