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Please Review My Profile!

petra_r
Community Guru
Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
11 of 23

@Lahcen S wrote:

Yes, Martin.

This is what happens. Clients tend to hire "top rated" and "rising talent" freelancers which means no chance to new ones.


 So, how do you think the rest of us got started?

 

 

patty_pretty
Community Leader
Patricia M Member Since: Aug 8, 2016
12 of 23

Hello, Lahcen


I have to say that may be you are being a littlle unrealistic, me and my husban got our first jobs really quick, and now we are working in daily basis. He is a top rated since the very first day, just because his skills tests were awesome. Have you tryed taking a test? may be it will give u more chances.

busanitoday
Ace Contributor
Busani M Member Since: Oct 13, 2016
13 of 23

Hi Lahcen 

 

I have checked your profile and do not see anything wrong with it. I am no expert at writing profiles but I find it easy to attract clients. However, I think you should write it in a manner which indicates that you are selling something you are confident of. If I was an employer, I would want to know more than the few words you have there. Think of the profile as a sales pitch. 

 

I think you should omit the fact that you already work as a teacher and translator. Many clients will think that you do not have the time to dedicate to their work. Make every client think that their job will take precedence when they give it to you. 

 

Do not worry; getting the first job is always difficult. I felt like that in the beginning too. 

 

inspire77
Ace Contributor
Lahcen S Member Since: Jun 19, 2017
14 of 23

@Busani M wrote:

Hi Lahcen 

 

I have checked your profile and do not see anything wrong with it. I am no expert at writing profiles but I find it easy to attract clients. However, I think you should write it in a manner which indicates that you are selling something you are confident of. If I was an employer, I would want to know more than the few words you have there. Think of the profile as a sales pitch. 

 

I think you should omit the fact that you already work as a teacher and translator. Many clients will think that you do not have the time to dedicate to their work. Make every client think that their job will take precedence when they give it to you. 

 

Do not worry; getting the first job is always difficult. I felt like that in the beginning too. 

 


 Thank you.

cupidmedia
Community Guru
Jennifer D Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
15 of 23

I'm a translation client. Some advice (which echoes some of the advice you've already received, but haven't acted on):

 

* I usually skip over freelancers who say they can translate in both directions. That shows me that you're not a professional translator. Professionals specialise in one direction, generally.

* Your portfolio isn't really a portfolio. One item isn't actually an example of your work at all. The other one, it's not very clear exactly what you did here. Did you write an article in Arabic and translate it to English? Did you write an article in English and translate it to Arabic? Did you take someone else's article in Arabic/English and translate it to English/Arabic? You also need more examples of your work.

* Your profile is very sparse and general and doesn't give me any solid indication of your real-world experience and what you can do for me. "I've translated a large number of documents over 4 years" is completely meaningless.

* Like Petra said, both your French and your Arabic are not really from the target native speaking countries. If I want an Arabic speaker I want one from somewhere like Saudi Arabia or Egypt.

* Basically you don't stand out at all. Arabic translation is a *hugely* saturated market. As a translation client it is the language I hate recruiting for the most, because I just get inundated with huge numbers of very low quality proposals. To compete in that over-saturated market you need to have a very impressive profile and an excellent proposal.

 

Rising Talent or JSS has much less to do with it than you think. You're using it as an easy excuse instead of really looking at ways to improve and work with the system.

inspire77
Ace Contributor
Lahcen S Member Since: Jun 19, 2017
16 of 23

@Jennifer D wrote:
If I want an Arabic speaker I want one from somewhere like Saudi Arabia or Egypt.

 Thank you so much for your valuable advice.

 

And also someone from Morocco...etc.

petra_r
Community Guru
Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
17 of 23

@Lahcen S wrote:

@Jennifer D wrote:
If I want an Arabic speaker I want one from somewhere like Saudi Arabia or Egypt.

 Thank you so much for your valuable advice.

 

And also someone from Morocco...etc.


But the Arabic spoken in Morocco differs significantly from Modern Standard Arabic. 

cupidmedia
Community Guru
Jennifer D Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
18 of 23

@Petra R wrote:

@Lahcen S wrote:

@Jennifer D wrote:
If I want an Arabic speaker I want one from somewhere like Saudi Arabia or Egypt.

 Thank you so much for your valuable advice.

 

And also someone from Morocco...etc.


But the Arabic spoken in Morocco differs significantly from Modern Standard Arabic. 


 Exactly. Which is why Morocco was not on my list.

inspire77
Ace Contributor
Lahcen S Member Since: Jun 19, 2017
19 of 23

Petra R wrote:

But the Arabic spoken in Morocco differs significantly from Modern Standard Arabic. 


 

Jennifer D wrote:

Exactly. Which is why Morocco was not on my list.


 

Slightly different, but Moroccans master Modern Standard Arabic compared to people from the two mentioned countries.

cupidmedia
Community Guru
Jennifer D Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
20 of 23

@Lahcen S wrote:

@Petra R wrote:

But the Arabic spoken in Morocco differs significantly from Modern Standard Arabic. 


 

@Jennifer D wrote:

Exactly. Which is why Morocco was not on my list.


 

Slightly different, but Moroccans master Modern Standard Arabic compared to people from the two mentioned countries.


 Sorry, are you saying that Moroccans speak/write Arabic better than Saudi Arabians?

 

Not in my experience.

 

I see you have also neglected to make any of the changes suggested to your profile. Why did you ask for a profile review if you were going to ignore all the advice you received? Clearly, you know better than the very successful freelancers (and clients...in your niche...) who have given you advice.