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Poll: Do you have different CVs for different purposes?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you have different CVs for different purposes?".

This poll was originally submitted by Natalia Pedrosa. View the poll results »



 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 02:42
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Yes Mar 9, 2015

I have my résumé on Proz, which I usually send out to potential clients, plus one adapted for editing rather than translation, a bunch of shorter versions for other purposes, one for consultancies, a longer one that emphasizes my academic background in linguistics, and one really long one that includes all my temporary assignments, all my book-length translations, all my grants, all my publications, and all the books I've edited (yet to be posted on my website).

[Edited at 2015-03-09 09:02 GMT]


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 11:42
Spanish to English
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No Mar 9, 2015

As far as I can recall, I have one in English and one in Spanish, perhaps one in French too. I can always tweak one if need be, but I'm getting to the age where its kind of pointless - most clients come to me by word of mouth and don't usually require a CV.

 

ventnai  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 11:42
Member
German to English
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Yes Mar 9, 2015

One in each of my working languages: English, German and Spanish and online versions of these which contain less personal information for seecurity reasons

 

Max Deryagin  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 14:42
Member (2013)
English to Russian
Uh-huh Mar 9, 2015

One for me the translator and one for me the subtitler.

 

Cristina Meloni  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 10:42
English to Italian
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Yes Mar 9, 2015

One for each specific job role

 

Luiz Barucke
Brazil
Local time: 06:42
Member (2013)
Spanish to Portuguese
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2 Mar 9, 2015

One for work purposes, another specifically for academic realm.

 

564354352 (X)  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 11:42
Danish to English
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Other Mar 9, 2015

I quit having CVs when I went self-employed...

 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 11:42
Member (2006)
German to English
No Mar 9, 2015

and I cannot really understand why one should have?

Nothing has really changed in my CV over the past 20 years and I do not give and references either.


 

Mario Chavez (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:42
English to Spanish
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The CV Mar 9, 2015

Here in America, a properly prepared CV will have a) no photo, b) no personal information other than name, address, email and website, and c) work history no older than your most recent 10 years.

I, like Michael, have more than 20 years of experience working as a translator. However, I stopped showing all I've done in the last 24 years because it's counterproductive for American companies and customers.

I used to have a CV in Spanish, but I only used it when I was in Argentina as an expat for two years.

I started customizing my CV as a more compact and informative infographic in 2012. Why? I am a part-time graphic designer (focus on typography, actually) and there is information that absorbs more easily if presented visually.

I also started to customize my CV for different markets: medical translations, translation teaching, financial translations, etc. Here in America, using a carefully targeted CV is important, and using a CV that contains information relevant to your potential customer or prospective employer is key to stand above the frenzied waters of wanna be translators and bilingual professionals.

You may all see my infographic CV here: http://www.wordsmeet.com/what-ive-done/


 

DianeGM  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:42
Member (2006)
Dutch to English
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No ... Mar 9, 2015

I have a bascially one CV in the languages I work in English, Greek and Dutch. I also don't use it very often.

 

R-i-c-h-a-r-d  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 06:42
Member (2006)
Portuguese to English
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No Mar 9, 2015

I used to, but not any more.

 

John Cutler  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 11:42
Spanish to English
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6 versions in all Mar 9, 2015

One for being a translator, in 3 working languages; the other for TEFL, also in 3 languages.

 

Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 10:42
Member (2007)
English
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Freelancers versus employees Mar 9, 2015

Mario Chavez wrote:
Here in America, a properly prepared CV will have a) no photo, b) no personal information other than name, address, email and website, and c) work history no older than your most recent 10 years.

I certainly don't disagree, but that "rule" only applies to CVs/resumes for those looking for salaried jobs.

I started customizing my CV as a more compact and informative infographic in 2012. Why? I am a part-time graphic designer (focus on typography, actually) and there is information that absorbs more easily if presented visually.

And why not? A freelancer's CV doesn't have to obey any rules. The only reason we (most of us, anyway) call it a CV is that all agency clients use the word.

Here in America, using a carefully targeted CV is important, and using a CV that contains information relevant to your potential customer or prospective employer is key to stand above the frenzied waters of wanna be translators and bilingual professionals.

Again, that isn't only true of the US - it's true of every freelancer's CV anywhere in the world. The very worst mistake a freelancer can make is to send a "job-seeker's CV" to potential clients, with its inevitable "You're the boss!" messageicon_frown.gif.


 

Natalia Pedrosa  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 11:42
Member (2012)
English to Spanish
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Several Mar 9, 2015

I have several in English for different fields of expertise and related experience.

I only have one in Spanish, another in French, and a couple of Catalan.

Sometimes I wish I could do with only one or two at the most.

Any tips?

Natalia


 
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