LinkedIn Pro Finder

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I’ve begun receiving email through LinkedIn’s ProFinder service offering me the opportunity to submit a proposal for some of the services we provide, such as translation, interpreting, transcription, and voice-overs.
Because I know that the services of a professional agency aren’t a good fit for everyone, I thought I might offer some advice to those using this feature.
1. By all means list what you are willing to pay for the work, but have some idea of what the work is worth. For example, an English to German translator can comfortably translate about 2,000 words per week, depending on factors like how well the text is written and how common the topic is. If you have a 10,000-word document, you are asking for a week’s work. Of course, today’s computer support often makes the work go faster, and well-developed translation memories definitely can speed delivery.
2. Do you want the work of one person or two? At Tembua, all work is done by a team of qualified linguists—translator + reviser/editor. But you may not need to have your work edited (for instance, if you only need to understand a document rather than send it to clients or investors). Then you should specify that a single translator is just fine.
3. Do you need a native speaker, and how much experience do you require? If you don’t care, you open yourself up to proposals from anyone who has taken a six-week language course. And that may be enough for your purposes.
4. Is your work confidential? You may want to prepare a confidentiality agreement before you send your documents anywhere.
At Tembua, we know that not everyone is our client, any more than every clothes buyer needs Versace. For some purposes, good enough is good enough. In fact, we don’t want our clients to pay more than they need to, and we direct them to free online services when appropriate.
However, I am passionate about languages and our industry, and I want everyone to have a good experience. If you have questions about any of my suggestions, just shoot me an email.
Patricia May
President and CEO
pm@tembua.com

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About tembua

Tembua: The Precision Language Solution provides comprehensive linguistic services for 100 languages to private industry and government agencies on a global scale. Services include document and website translation and localization; conference and 24/7 telephonic interpretation; glossary development; proofreading, text adaptation, editing, multilingual design and DTP; transcription; technical / custom authoring editing, foreign search engine optimization; translation memory management; subtitling.
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