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Poll: Do you have any entries in the "Project History" field of your ProZ.com profile?
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Oct 8, 2012

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
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Yes, several Oct 8, 2012

However, I've stopped to enter any projects last year.

For one, I'm too busy to keep my Project History up-to-date, and second... the majority of my projects is included in my CV, and also available upon request... of course only with the permission of my clients and without any personal / company related information disclosed.


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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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No Oct 8, 2012

And I had to look up my profile to check.

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Maja Źróbecka, MITI  Identity Verified
Poland
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I enter them Oct 8, 2012

in the hope they will increase my "findability" on the Internet and also to keep track of what I have been working on.

I got into this habit and it just takes a second to record basic info.

Maja


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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 12:21
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Yes, several ... sort of Oct 8, 2012

I made a new tab "Major Projects" that lists a selection of projects I've done so far that give prospective customers a good idea of the breadth and depth of what I can do.

I also found I had 56 visitors since Feb 26 but not that many inquiries so I guess that only a small percentage found what they were looking for. I wonder where they all went?


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David Young  Identity Verified
Denmark
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Danish to English
No, but ... Oct 8, 2012

... after reading Maja's response, I can see it could be a good idea.

Another thing to go on my "To Do" list when I'm not so busy.

[Edited at 2012-10-08 09:11 GMT]


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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No, but... Oct 8, 2012

I've been meaning to. It's a rainy day project, because I'm not actively looking for clients at this point.

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DianeGM  Identity Verified
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No Oct 8, 2012

and I've never thought about doing it.
I have WWA entries so I thought that would be sufficient.
I am interested in the benefits others see from doing it though .....


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Maja Źróbecka, MITI  Identity Verified
Poland
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Also Oct 8, 2012

I have a habit of sending updates to my clients on what I have been working on and my project history serves as an easy to use reference point, without having to look through the files, invoices etc.

Maja


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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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No Oct 8, 2012

I have some WWA entries, I submitted several sample translations and I won a few translation contests, so, alike other colleagues, thought that was enough...

@Julian: Me too, I would like that visitors translated into work! In my case: 226 visitors last month and yet all the work I received was from repeat clients.

Happy translation folks!


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Simon Bruni  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Spanish to English
I don't really want to advertise who my clients are Oct 8, 2012

That leaves you exposed to poaching by cheaper providers.

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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Thoughtful responses Oct 8, 2012

I suppose some translators find the Project History field very useful. I don't. Why? I never found a reason potent enough to drive me to use it.

It's like having your CV posted on different websites...and maintaining them. Too much work.

I depend much more on my LinkedIn profile to be found than on my Proz profile...which is gathering cobwebs. I get dozens of visits but no inquiries. It follows that I'll put my energies where I see a reason to.

I don't see Proz becoming the Facebook of the translation industry any time soon anyways.


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Jenn Mercer  Identity Verified
United States
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French to English
Agreed Oct 8, 2012

Thayenga wrote:

However, I've stopped to enter any projects last year.

For one, I'm too busy to keep my Project History up-to-date, and second... the majority of my projects is included in my CV, and also available upon request... of course only with the permission of my clients and without any personal / company related information disclosed.


This is about where I am and it is a shame, as I have been able to reference this list to update my resume and answer specific questions from clients in the past. I am thinking of installing a placeholder entry so potential clients don't think I just stopped working a year ago.


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Allison Wright  Identity Verified
Portugal
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No Oct 8, 2012

I never entered anything under project history for reasons of confidentiality in most cases.

I have also failed to update my sample translations since I joined Proz two years ago. I am sure I have some better ones around, but would need to clear these with clients, and I do not feel comfortable with having to put clients through this rather strange process.

Most of the visits to my profile page come from other translators who I reckon have clicked on my photograph by mistake.

I have had about 3 jobs from "cold call" visits to my profile page. All those were mere accidents of chance, on account of there not being too many De-En translators actually resident in Portugal. None of them asked me about my project history, although all received a CV and a confirmation from me that I felt capable of doing the job on offer.


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Theo Bernards  Identity Verified
France
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No, and I don't see the value for prospects. Oct 8, 2012

I operate under a strict non-disclosure principle and my customers value that very much. Confidentiality is the reason that I also don't actively chase for WWA entries, although I won't stop people from giving them (so far, nobody has - is that a bad sign or what ). Also, I fail to see how it can be important to know what I have done for other clients: all my clients want to know, is what I can do for them.

There are two ways to discover the kind of work I can and cannot fulfil: one can ask me to do a short test of up to 250 words, or one can have a look at my website, which I keep up to date and where I provide an overview of the projects that I have participated in. No names & no product names of course, but it does give a fair idea of who I am, what I do and how I do it.

Truth be told, I don't maintain my profile here or elsewhere that much, I merely keep hammering on my website, which I do maintain regularly.


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