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How to create a great professional profile

As a freelancer looking for opportunities on ProZ.com, your professional profile is your most important tool. Here are some ideas to take your profile from good to great, and attract clients' attention at a higher rate.

The first thing you need to know is that, while many agencies and end clients post public job openings on ProZ.com, the great majority (up to 80%!) of the work volume that flows through the site actually comes from job offers sent privately via profile messages. 

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Making your own luck: An interview with Sheila Wilson

"I officially retired" said Sheila Wilson in a recent email message. "Thank you and all the team at ProZ.com for everything the site has provided for me since 2007."

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3 Killer Tips to Land your Next Remote Interpreting Job

Your profile picture

 

Nowadays your profile picture is required almost everywhere: networking platforms like ProZ.com, resumes, and even interpreting platforms. So you should know how to use your profile picture to your advantage.

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Translation and feminism: the profession meets sisterhood

Last October 23rd, 2021, the Feminist Translators and Interpreters of Argentina (TEIFEM) held their third annual meeting for language professionals to exchange ideas, discuss language-related issues from multiple social, gender, and cultural perspectives, and support multilingual struggles, solidarity, and sisterhood from within a results-oriented group. The event was a perfect example of what TEIFEM is and a great starting point for the discussion of what's next in translation from a gender-based perspective. 

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The ProZ.com 2020 annual report is out

ProZ.com annual reports give progress updates to ProZ.com members on accomplishments, improvements and new developments made on the site.

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Parenting, communities, how to get new clients, SDL Trados 2021 and inside the mind of a translator on day two of ITD 2020



Join ProZ.com/TV for the second day of a free live event on October 1 to celebrate International Translation Day. ITD 2020 streams live through ProZ.com and its social media platforms starting at 9:55 GMT on Thursday.

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Yoga at your desk, audio visual translation, interpreting, collaboration on ITD 2020 day one



Join ProZ.com/TV for a free live event September 30 and October 1 to celebrate International Translation Day. ITD 2020 streams live through ProZ.com and its social media platforms starting at 9:20 GMT on Wednesday.

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A ProZ.com overview: Some of the site's most popular features

Serving the world's largest community of translators, ProZ.com delivers a comprehensive network of essential services, resources and experiences that enhance the lives of its members. What are some of the site's most popular features?

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ProZ.com Plus Package benefit: Translation Mastermind on Facebook

Among the many benefits of ProZ.com Plus membership is the chance to take part in the Translation Mastermind group on Facebook. It’s an established community of professionals who enjoy sharing ideas and tips about translation, in a completely troll-free atmosphere. It’s into its fourth year now, an independent entity, but sponsored by ProZ.com from Day 1.

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Twenty years of fair play: thank you all, moderators!

ProZ.com the website has been around since 1999, and so have those who have volunteered to foster and protect the positive, results-oriented atmosphere of the site: the moderators.

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Two days of free learning, networking and fun for International Translation Day

It's that time of year again! For the tenth year in a row, ProZ.com is hosting free live virtual events to celebrate International Translation Day. This year, the events will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 25th and 26th. There will be over 50 hours of content from experts, chances to discuss, network, and have fun.

The event has been approved for up to 10 ATA continuing education points, and you can attend, for free and without the need to register, from any ProZ.com page, on Facebook, Twitter, Periscope, or from ProZ.com Mobile. Recorded sessions from this year's event will be made permanently available to all ProZ.com Plus subscribers after the event, as part of the Plus video library.

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ProZ.com members can now save 20% on books purchased at Routledge

Through cooperation with the good folks at Routledge, ProZ.com members can now receive a 20% discount off their purchases of books at Routledge, along with free shipping. In addition, Routledge is offering a free chapter download from the book Being a Successful Interpreter by Jonathan Downie.

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ProZ.com powwows: networking with complements

Powwows are informal get-togethers of groups of ProZ.com users living in close proximity. The events are organized by local translators, for local translators.

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Celebrating ten years of translators and interpreters coming together in Cardiff

For those not familiar, a ProZ.com powwow is an informal, local get-together of language professionals. Any ProZ.com member can propose and organize a powwow in their area. Since 2001, thousands of powwows have been held around the world, in 110 countries.

So far, 454 powwows have been held in 63 cities in the UK, with 3,748 attendees total. At least 50 of those powwows have been organized by Victoria Burns and Alexandra Chapman. This May 5th, Alexandra and Victoria are celebrating 10 years of powwows in Cardiff by holding -- you guessed it -- another powwow!

I asked Alexandra and Victoria to talk a bit about how the Cardiff powwows got started, what the experience has been like, and what benefits they have been able to see from coming together in person with colleagues. Here is what they had to say:

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Tablet interpreting, remote interpreting platforms, and tips and tricks for interpreters

Since 2009, ProZ.com has hosted an annual, free, online event for language professionals in celebration of International Translation Day (ITD), September 30th. You can see past events at ProZ/TV. The name of the day notwithstanding, interpreters also deserve some of the spotlight at these events! Here is a selection of some recorded sessions from past ITD events which may be of interest to you if you interpret, or are considering getting into the interpreting field...

 

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