translation rates in CV : is it advisable ?
Thread poster: Angel Llacuna

Angel Llacuna  Identity Verified
Spain
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May 9

Do you specify your translation rates in the CV that you send to the agencies ?
Not a CV that you send in answer to a job offer, but to look for clients


 

Angela Rimmer  Identity Verified
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No May 9

...is the short answer.

Don't lock yourself into one rate -- you have no idea what type of text/project is coming.


 

Chris S  Identity Verified
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Why not? May 9

I would always give an agency my price up front. It screens out the low-payers straight away.

 

Angel Llacuna  Identity Verified
Spain
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some thougts that I have read on the web ... May 9

Some agencies want to spend as little time as possible assessing freelance translator CVs, so they sure don’t want to have to spend extra time asking for your rates.

Others simply won’t consider a CV that doesn't state the translator's rates.

As a compromise, I decided to state my rate, but adding the expression negotiable


 

Tom in London
United Kingdom
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Not the way I work May 9

Angel Llacuna wrote:


Do you specify your translation rates in the CV that you send to the agencies ?
Not a CV that you send in answer to a job offer, but to look for clients


No, because it may vary from one client to another, and from one country to another


 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
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Rate & business brochure May 9

Since I don't want my business brochure floating around, I always state my rates before I send my bb out in the second step. This way bottom feeders don't even get my business brochure.icon_wink.gif

 

Roisin Ni Cheallaigh
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"translation rates in CV: is it advisable?" May 9

I have never done it, but I think it is a good idea.
I would also do it for proofreading rate.


 

Eva Stoppa  Identity Verified
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hardcore bottom feeders won't be impressed by rates given May 9

Chris S wrote:

I would always give an agency my price up front. It screens out the low-payers straight away.



Really? I have had bottom-end payoing agencies not being impressed by my rates, but promising me more jobs instead if I accepted the rates "Accepted by our translators". Or I also have had the answer: "We pay XXX.XXXX. This is not negotiable".


 

Michael Wetzel  Identity Verified
Germany
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German to English
"negotiable" seems like a bad idea to me May 9

Angel Llacuna wrote:


As a compromise, I decided to state my rate, but adding the expression negotiable


If I were the person at a translation agency responsible for hiring freelancers and my main concern were spending as little money on them as possible, wouldn't I interpret that as: "Under no circumstances should you pay me more than x, and please make an attempt to get me to work for you at a lower rate!"

If you consistently don't have enough work at the moment, then it makes perfect sense to send out a relatively low offer and then sort things out when you are in a position to bargain effectively.

If someone likes your CV but not your rate, then negotiating to make the best out of a less than ideal situation also seems fine, but directly inviting potential clients to negotiate your rate down seems like shooting yourself in the foot.

There is also no reason not to send different offers to different potential clients based on your assumptions about what they will be willing to pay and your current need to work for those lower rates.


 

Anton Konashenok  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
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Absolutely not May 9

Rates belong in a separate message, e.g. in an e-mail a CV is attached to, but never in the CV proper. The reason is simple - outsourcers sometimes contact you based on your CV they have been keeping for several years. If you have increased your rates in the meantime, the old rates in the CV may cause a serious misunderstanding between the oursourcer and you. Furthermore, depending on the client and the jobs you are expecting to get, you may want to vary your rates up or down.

[Edited at 2018-05-09 21:19 GMT]


 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Yes May 10

Angel Llacuna wrote:
Do you specify your translation rates in the CV that you send to the agencies?


Yes, but I call it my "usual rate" as a hint that the actual rate may be different. The actual rate may be higher or lower than the usual rate.

Angel Llacuna wrote:
As a compromise, I decided to state my rate, but adding the expression negotiable.


I would never use the word "negotiable". The word "negotiable" means "I will actually work for less, if only you ask me to".




[Edited at 2018-05-10 09:59 GMT]


 

Angel Llacuna  Identity Verified
Spain
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English to Spanish
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thank you all ... May 10

for your insights. I conclude that is preferable to give our translation rate on request.

 


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