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Poll: Do you think a professional-looking profile photo helps you attract more clients?
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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
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I do not see the relevance Nov 30, 2013

I do not see what bearing my physical appearance could possibly have on my ability as a translator, and I do not display a photograph.

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Teresa Borges
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Hear, hear! Nov 30, 2013

Tim Drayton wrote:

I do not see what bearing my physical appearance could possibly have on my ability as a translator, and I do not display a photograph.


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Yes, to some extent Nov 30, 2013

Some people (potential clients) might be impressed by a professional-looking profile photo. On the other hand, others may be suspicious of anything too polished and glossy-looking.

My teeth are currently in such an awful state that I'd have to appear poker-faced, as a smile would be more likely to scare them away...


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Paul Stevens  Identity Verified
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Hear hear from me too! Nov 30, 2013

Tim Drayton wrote:

I do not see what bearing my physical appearance could possibly have on my ability as a translator, and I do not display a photograph.


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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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To some extent ... Nov 30, 2013

I used to have a dancing elephant as my profile picture. Cute though it was, the number of enquiries from potential customers increased dramatically when I changed it to a picture of me, albeit not necessarily a professional-looking one!

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Martina Eco  Identity Verified
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not for translators, maybe, but crucial to interpreters Nov 30, 2013

Maybe the picture is not important for a translator's profile, but it is crucial to an interpreter. A lot of postings clearly state that the client wants a "good looking" interpreter, so a professional-looking profile picture is absolutely necessary, I think.

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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We've discussed this before Nov 30, 2013

I think it's human nature to want to see a face - there's something reassuring about it.

A logo is certainly business-like; no quibble there. I just think that faces get more attention and earn more confidence. And if you're going to show it, you want to put your best face forward - at least I do.


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Simon Chiassai  Identity Verified
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depends Nov 30, 2013

Although it is true that physical appearance does not have anything to do with my ability as a linguist, I believe a good enough photo helps sell myself. First, showing your face makes the whole "Internet search" more personal. Out of two equally strong profiles, the one with the picture is likely to stand out more.
And it's like the cover of a book. We shouldn't judge said book by its cover, but I'll admit I sometimes do. And I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one.

That being said, my picture isn't that great either...


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Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
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I don't know Nov 30, 2013

I'm considering having a photo taken of me in a business suit and using it as my profile pic. Will let you know if it works!

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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
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in my opinion Nov 30, 2013

a professional looking photo might help, for sure a very unprofessional photo can destroy you.
I am not talking about pictures taken at the beach, but if you use a picture where you are "fighting against wonderful BBQ ribs with sauce"... well... not your best choice!


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Steve Kerry  Identity Verified
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To some extent Nov 30, 2013

I think my photo conveys a little bit about who I am - mature (ahem!), experienced and still with a sense of adventure and a sense of humour. Clients are human too, they like to see and get a sense of who they are talking to and where they are coming from, I think.

Steve K.

[Edited at 2013-11-30 13:48 GMT]


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Elizabeth Nov 30, 2013

Elizabeth T wrote:

I'm considering having a photo taken of me in a business suit and using it as my profile pic. Will let you know if it works!


You look good and smart in your photo, no need for a suit in my opinion! (or have you already changed?)

I'm sure photos can make a good impression. I'm not looking to make an impression and I have had enough of virtual stalking which is why I don't even have one.


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Angus Stewart  Identity Verified
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Yes, definitely Nov 30, 2013

I think it reassures clients to see who they are dealing with and I chose a photo to reflect the professional image I want to project.

I made a decision to use a photo rather than a logo, because I am clear in my own mind that I am a person and not a brand. Whilst I think a logo would appear equally professional, I feel that it is a better fit for a larger organisation than for an individual translator.


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John Cutler  Identity Verified
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Probably Nov 30, 2013

It certainly can't hurt.

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