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How are freelance translators impacted by the United States government shutdown?

January 22, 2019 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer

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The active shutdown of the federal government is the longest in United States history, entering its 32nd day as of this writing.

Over 400,000 federal workers are not being paid and others have been put on a temporary leave (furloughed).  The United States media has focused on the long lines at the airport and national parks are left unattended since the shutdown started on December 22, 2018.

How has the government shutdown impacted freelancers in the language industry? 

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Just OK is not OK for your professional profile

January 9, 2019 / by Mike Donlin

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AT&T has launched a popular series of amusing advertisements called “Just OK Is Not OK”.

In this campaign, the world's largest telecommunications company, created situations where a service provider is telling a concerned client that they are "OK" at their work. The humorous situations involve a tattoo artist, surgeon, an auto repair shop suggesting they are not bad, but maybe also not very good at these tasks.

Keep this clever campaign in mind when updating your professional or business profile for 2019. 

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Most popular blog posts of 2018

December 21, 2018 / by Mike Donlin posted in Netflix, subtitling, freelancer, interpreter, membership, translator tools, business membership, marketing for language professionals, translation

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Blogs started to appear in this format at the start of 2018. The content at ProZ.com has been used to discuss language industry trends, inform of site enhancements, and sometimes just to share a laugh. 

Of the 98 posts shared in 2018 from 12 different authors, here are the 10 that were most read.

 

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Choosing the right quality level and cost for translation services

December 14, 2018 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, translation

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Do you have translation needs? ProZ.com a uniquely effective place to meet capable freelancers and translation companies. Before beginning a search for a translator or translation company, it is important to determine what service is needed, and what is the cost.

This blog post takes some timeless thoughts included in a joint project of ProZ.com members and guests in the ProZ.com Wiki, already eight years old, and repurposes here for today. 

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Business member benefits available for all employees

November 28, 2018 / by Mike Donlin posted in business membership, jobs, translation

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Recent enhancements at ProZ.com make it easier to connect businesses with their employees. Business employees may each have their own ProZ.com profile, while sharing certain aspects like business identification, membership and ability to act on behalf of a business.

Sharing a general account to achieve business member benefits will no longer be necessary. Business entities will have their own business page with vital organizational information, including a list of representative employees. Profiles will be for freelancers or for representative employees associated to a business entity.

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How to sell your job to freelance translators

October 18, 2018 / by Mike Donlin posted in business membership, jobs

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Do you need to find freelance language professionals for your next project?

A previous post suggested tips to get freelancer attention. Missed in that post was the need for the recruiter to make their job more appealing to translators. 

Imagine you are one of the world's top freelance translators. Think about the amount of email you receive in a day. Would you respond to every email? Probably not. More likely, you would select those most appealing to you.

That is why it is important to sell them on your job. 

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Use new map to connect with interpreters and students

October 10, 2018 / by Mike Donlin posted in pools, freelancer, interpreter, translation company, students, internship

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A new map on the interpreter and student pool shows locations of those that have been screened for the pool. 
ProZ.com interpreters map

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Seeking interns or have work for students? Check out the student pool

October 3, 2018 / by Mike Donlin posted in pools, business membership, jobs, students, internship

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Are you a language service provider looking for interns? Do you have work that could be done by students - training the next generation of professionals?  Students are highlighting their interest in an internship as part of the student pool at ProZ.com.

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Three tips to get the attention of a freelance translator

September 18, 2018 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, translation company, business membership, jobs

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Do you have an urgent request for translation? Are you screening language professionals for future opportunities? 

If so, it is likely you are contacting linguist profiles at ProZ.com. Can your message reach the right translator? Are there secrets to getting their attention? How do you break through the noise?

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What is HIPAA compliance for on-demand medical interpreters?

August 29, 2018 / by Mike Donlin posted in pools, interpreter

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To assure individual health information is properly protected in the United States, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted in 1996. The federal law set standards for the electronic exchange, privacy and security of health information. How does this law impact on-demand video and phone interpreters?

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