5 tips to write an effective translator's CV

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Ok, I know that for most of us translators this part hits a nerve. Let’s be honest: making up your CV is not something you enjoy. And what about editing your CV? It’s about getting back doing something that makes you so bored, it’s actually so much worse! By the way, I bet that none of us here gets excited by making the bed every day–not even the biggest fans of Marie Kondo, I’m afraid–still, we do it. Here are my 5 tips to write your resume rapidly and effectively.

1- BE HONEST

Freelancers, anybody who wants to present their skills and experience most effectively, need to see their CV as a box to which they’re the content. Remember: nobody in a shoe store would buy a box with no pair of shoes in it. So here’s my first advice: don't fool anyone. It would cost you much more than a pair of shoes.

2- MENTION WHAT YOU ARE GOOD AT

I bet you can really do lots of things in your life, sometimes you might think you’re secretly related to Superman. Well, I want you to remember everything’s useful in life, but maybe it’s not needed. Nor required. That’s why you need to make a list of all the skills you REALLY believe could be useful to whoever’s reading your CV (we will deal with the list in section five). Remember: you want to show them you can bring a solution to what they’re searching or may search for.

3- KEEP IT SHORT AND SIMPLE

The only way to get what I mean is by walking in your target person’s shoes. Would you be interested in reading a 3-page long CV when you may receive loads of CVs every day? I think we can all agree on that… NO WAY! People won’t bother knowing you better if you immediately get them a poor impression;cut it short. Recruiters love when people come straight to the point. Now let’s go back to your target’s shoes. Would you be interested in reading wordy descriptions? Well, I think… NO WAY! They need to understand immediately what you’ve worked on, so just write the highlights of your experiences.

4- BE SPECIFIC

Maybe you had tons of experience in the most diverse fields and you want people to know that you have a thousand talents. You have your point. Well, I think you know perfectly that you can be the best plumber in the entire town, but nobody would call you to fix their antenna. That’s why you need to tailor your CV;people who read it need to find it relevant to what they’re doing or offering. I guarantee you that this would save both your time and theirs.

5- BUILD A STRUCTURE

Do you remember the list of skills I mentioned in section 3? Very well. That list is core because it’s the first step to decide how to organize all the amazing information about you. People love paragraphs and bullet points, it’s all so clear! Remember: editing an already made CV is very boring. That’s why I strongly advise you to list information above specific paragraphs,e.i. About me, Work experience, Education, Attended courses. It would save you so much time when you need to add something and your CV will be 100% CCC (Clear, Concise & Cool).

Sometimes things are much simpler than we think. I cannot guarantee you that either Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos will hire you, but maybe, someday, a local entrepreneur will love your CV. I just wanted you to know that a small amount of your time could really make your day or even your career. Good luck!


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