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Poll: Does your CV/ cover letter mention your ProZ.com profile and/or KudoZ ranking?
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Jul 10, 2010

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Does your CV/ cover letter mention your ProZ.com profile and/or KudoZ ranking?".

This poll was originally submitted by Cilian O'Tuama. View the poll results »



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telefpro
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No Jul 10, 2010

No, because I do not want to take them to a site where could be cheaper translators.

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Suzan Hamer  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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And my business card and my email signature... Jul 10, 2010

I use my ProZ profile as my website.

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Parrot  Identity Verified
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The profile, yes Jul 10, 2010

Sometimes, I tell them to download the CV there or take a look at the portfolio (these features were designed to save us time otherwise spent in correspondence/testing).

But, sheesh, Kudoz? Not even when I was top 5...


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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I mention it on my website... Jul 10, 2010

...but not on my business card or in correspondence.

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Jessica Noyes  Identity Verified
United States
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No because Jul 10, 2010

I am one of a very few full-time translators living in this tiny northeastern corner of the US, which gives me a small edge around here. I am not eager to make potential local clients aware of the proz site. In the wider world there are a *lot* of talented translators in my language pairs, and if the client located the site through my CV, they might -- you never know -- decide to pick someone else!

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Rolf Kern  Identity Verified
Switzerland
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No Jul 10, 2010

The ranking changes every day, there is no use to mention it in the CV.

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Emin Arı  Identity Verified
Turkey
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Yes! Jul 10, 2010

Proz.com is the best reference I would ever give

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Catherine GUILLIAUMET  Identity Verified
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Me too ! Jul 10, 2010

Suzan Hamer wrote:

I use my ProZ profile as my website.


The same here. It spares time and energy.

Have a nice (if not too hot) week-end.

Catherine


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Laureana Pavon  Identity Verified
Uruguay
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WWA Jul 10, 2010

I've got a link to my WWA on my own website.

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Giuseppina Gatta, MA (Hons)
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Same for me Jul 10, 2010

telefpro wrote:

No, because I do not want to take them to a site where could be cheaper translators.



I used to give proz as a reference, but seeing how things have become on this website (sorry to say it, but this is the truth), I don't think it is fair for me to inform my potential clients of a place where they can easily find cheap competition.

[Modificato alle 2010-07-10 20:44 GMT]


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Cilian O'Tuama  Identity Verified
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Surprised Jul 11, 2010

Hello All,

Maybe I'm expected to take part here seeing as I started this poll but, in my defence. I submitted this quick-poll suggestion, I don't know, 4-7 months ago. I can't even remember when, or what was bugging me at the time.

We do some outsourcing, and receive an occasional application. We've found excellent people here, and created win-win relationships with them. But ProZ is nothing more than a marketplace. The credentials offered by the site canNOT be taken seriously, whether "kudoz", other points, "proz certified pro status" or "endorsement of professional guidelines".

Some applicants write "have elite proz certified pro status" - as if that means "I'm better than good".

As an outsourcer I feel that anyone who has to resort to ProZ as their best reference is still in kindergarten.

My 2 cents
c


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Paul Stevens  Identity Verified
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WWA Jul 11, 2010

Cilian O'Tuama wrote:

The credentials offered by the site canNOT be taken seriously, whether "kudoz", other points, "proz certified pro status" or "endorsement of professional guidelines".


And what about Willingness to Work Again entries from agencies/clients? Are they worthless/meaningless as well?


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Iza Szczypka  Identity Verified
Spain
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Precisely Jul 11, 2010

Parrot wrote:

Sometimes, I tell them to download the CV there or take a look at the portfolio (these features were designed to save us time otherwise spent in correspondence/testing).

But, sheesh, Kudoz? Not even when I was top 5...

My approach entirely - a time-saving reference, and not much more.
As to the possibility of a client discovering a cheaper alternative here - I try to keep my rates in the mainstream or only slightly above. If a client is ready to take the trouble and fish for rock-bottom pricing, he'll do that whether I direct him to Proz or not. And if his only criterion is price, I'm not willing to work for him, either.


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xxxInterlangue
Angola
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Other Jul 13, 2010

I send a CV only on request - for instance when a long time customer wants to include me in a team to bid for a framework contract.

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