Reply
cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Reply

How can I start ? Translator

marcelo-toniolo
Active Member
Marcelo T Member Since: Nov 18, 2016
1 of 5

Hi

I am new in this system and have already sent almost 10 proposals for translation work.  Some of them have been rejected.

 

I noticed that some of the requests have some minimum requirements of scores, etc....In this case, as a translator, I have done some work in the past but don't have a portfolio or copy of my work.

 

How can I start then if the requestors want people with experience only ?

prestonhunter
Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
2 of 5

Marcelo:

Your Upwork portfolio is essentially non-existent.

 

A good portfolio is vitally important for a translator.

 

You need to post impressive portfolio items that demonstrate your abilities, or you need to stop trying to use Upwork.

colettelewis
Community Guru
Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
3 of 5

 


@Marcelo T wrote:

Hi

I am new in this system and have already sent almost 10 proposals for translation work.  Some of them have been rejected.

 

I noticed that some of the requests have some minimum requirements of scores, etc....In this case, as a translator, I have done some work in the past but don't have a portfolio or copy of my work.

 

How can I start then if the requestors want people with experience only ?



Build your niche round your business expertise, and get some relevant samples together, that you can send your clients. You need only put a couple of things in your portfolio to begin with (I have a very small public profile as somebody once stole my profile and portfolio - but I have dozens of samples to choose from when submitting a proposal).

 

However, what you do put in your public portfolio must be solid and valid. At the moment, any client will only have your word for it that you translated a report. Take an extract of your translation and upload that - both languages.

 

I have seen quite a demand for English>Brazilian Portuguese and vice versa, so I am sure you will land something soon. Don't say in your proposal though that you have no experience. Get more translation experience by developing your portfolio. 

nicolas_arbelaez
Ace Contributor
Nicolas A Member Since: Apr 29, 2015
4 of 5

I think you need to work more on your profile. Add Portuguese to your languages and take a few more tests that prove your expertise. You can also add a few more skills. Since translation is a highly competitive field, don't get discouraged. You'll need to be patient and send way more than ten applications to land your first job.

colettelewis
Community Guru
Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
5 of 5

Am I missing something? A Roberto M seems to have contributed to this five-year-old thread - but no Roberto M? 

TOP SOLUTION AUTHORS