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How to answer job posts at ProZ.com

June 18, 2021 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, language jobs, freelancer, jobs, clients

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How do I answer job offers at ProZ.com? That question came up in the ProZ.com Facebook group recently and I'm borrowing the well-crafted answer from Lu Leszinsky to include on this blog.



Highlights:
1. Browse jobs that interest you
2. Confirm you meet quoting requirements
3. Click on submit quote

Where are the jobs?
When an outsourcer needs to hire for an open position or find talent to fill expected needs, jobs might be posted at ProZ.com. Language jobs posted to the world's largest community of freelance translators, interpreters, subtitlers and other language professionals are listed under a section called "Browse jobs" (to get there, mouse over the "Jobs & directories" option on the top menu, then click on "Browse jobs", or simply bookmark this link: https://www.proz.com/language-jobs).



Jobs listed in that page can be filtered by a number of criteria, including language pairs, fields, and word count.

Use the "Jobs where I meet the requirements" switch to filter jobs where you meet the criteria to submit a quote.

Make sure your profile includes necessary information
In order to be able to quote on a job, your profile information must match exactly the job's requirements.

So, for example, if you offer interpreting services, but you haven't reported "interpreting" in your profile as a service you offer, you won't be able to submit a quote.



In other words, it's not enough to offer a service or work in a given field. If that service or field (or software, credential, etc.) is not reported in your profile, the system has no way of knowing that you meet the job poster's needs, and so the "Submit quote" button will be disabled. You can update your Profile at any time here: https://www.proz.com/settings.

Submitting quotes
Job posters can choose to receive quotes in a number of ways, the most common ones are (1) online via ProZ.com, where you complete an online form with your rate, your proposed completion date, your message, etc. and the poster accesses your quote also online, and (2) via email, that is, if you meet the job's criteria, you are shown the poster's email address and you can use it to send your quote via email.

Other quoting methods include URL (the poster specifies a webpage where you can submit your quote), phone, fax and postal mail -- not so common these days though.

In sum, to quote on jobs, start by browsing jobs that may interest you, confirm that you meet quoting requirements (these are shown on the job and summarized at the top of job postings) and if you do, click on "Submit quote" to get started. If your quote is accepted, the job poster will let you know.

You may also find some useful information on this blog post on "How to write an effective job quote". 



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ProZ.com web widgets: giving clients a quick access to you

May 11, 2021 / by Lucía Leszinsky posted in freelancer, profile, membership, marketing for language professionals, networking, clients, ProZ.com, Plus package, Blue Board, marketing, community, feedback, online presentation, follow, promotion, widget

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A web widget is an independent application that can be embedded into a web-page, blog, or profile on a social media site and that will enable the display of information (your client feedback) or the call for an action ("Follow me").

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What is branding and how can it help you?

October 14, 2020 / by Rocío Tempone posted in freelancer, translator, translation company, translation events, clients, events, translation industry, marketing, community, language industry, LSP, direct clients

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Last September 30 and October 1 ProZ.com/TV hosted the annual International Translation Day event celebrating the translation and localization industry. One panel in particular focused on how branding can make or break a business, whether the business is an agency or an individual freelancer.

Ludmila Golovine (MasterWord Services' CEO), Samantha Reiss (Lilt’s Head of Services), Marina Ilari (Terra Translations' CEO) and Andrew Thomas (Senior Portfolio Marketer at SDL) discussed branding in a refreshing and unstructured talk moderated by ProZ.com's own Paul Urwin.

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One Minute T&I available in Facebook group Translators & Interpreters (ProZ.com)

August 18, 2020 / by Paul M Urwin posted in freelancer, translator, interpreter, training, translator tools, clients, facebook, One Minute T&I

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ProZ.com head of training Paul Urwin has created a series of episodes to discuss topics for translators and interpreters. The episodes will appear as part of the Facebook group Translators & Interpreters (ProZ.com). The audio recording is very short (hence the name!), with the idea that it leads straight into a discussion in the comments. Transcripts from the first two episodes are included here.

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Language jobs from site now on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

May 14, 2020 / by Lucía Leszinsky posted in membership, business membership, jobs, ProZ Find, search, clients, ProZ.com, ProZ.com membership, translation industry, facebook, language industry, COVID-19, LSP

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ProZ.com language industry jobs can now be added to social network feeds on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Making a living during COVID-19

April 4, 2020 / by Lucía Leszinsky posted in freelancer, language jobs, freelancer, interpreter, Powwow, translation events, marketing for language professionals, jobs, networking, translation contests, clients, events, meetings, invoicing, translation, ProZ.com, translation industry, Blue Board, community, language industry, COVID-19, ProZTV

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By now, the entire world knows that the current Covid-19 outbreak has --and will continue to have--  an enormous impact on freelance financial lives. However, language professionals who usually work on-site --interpreters, project managers, teachers-- don't necessarily have to live off savings during the current quarantine. ProZ.com has a few tricks up its sleeve to make money starting this weekend and while at home, and supplement your income during these uncertain times.

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Create, send and track your invoices online

March 26, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in payments, clients, invoicing, finances, ProZ*Pay

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Have you recently completed a job? Do you need to send your client an invoice? At ProZ.com, it is easy to create, send and track your invoices online through the invoicing tool. 

Membership allows you to create as many invoices as needed. Non-members are afforded five invoices to try out the platform.

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More than 20,000 industry players have already tried ProZ.com Mobile

June 18, 2018 / by Lucía Leszinsky posted in freelancer, profile, translator, interpreter, directory, translator tools, iOS, Android, mobile, mobile app, jobs, networking, clients

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Since its release in 2016, ProZ.com mobile for Android and iOS has already been installed and tried by more than 20,000 translators, interpreters, clients and others in the language industry --22,792 to be precise!

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Clients are looking for experts - get found!

June 8, 2018 / by Enrique posted in pools, profile, clients

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Pools are specialized groups of screened experts. Each pool gathers different types of professionals depending on the service they offer or the area of the industry they work in.

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