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F/Q Nov 12, 2011

very good information


Tomas Mosler, DipTrans IoLET MCIL MITI  Identity Verified
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confidentiality Nov 24, 2011

"you could be in breach of confidentiality, even if you have not signed an NDA"
- Could this be elaborated? If there is no NDA, how is confidentiality defined (especially with "world-wide" effect)? Thanks.


ac2000  Identity Verified
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Thanks ... May 30, 2013

... a lot for this nice summary. There's lots of useful information.


Łukasz Gos-Furmankiewicz  Identity Verified
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Torts May 31, 2013

Tomas Mosler, MITI wrote:

"you could be in breach of confidentiality, even if you have not signed an NDA"
- Could this be elaborated? If there is no NDA, how is confidentiality defined (especially with "world-wide" effect)? Thanks.

In the EU, confidentiality falls under competition law. Statutes that regulate competition may also regulate confidentiality, e.g. by making certain specific disclosures into statutory torts or defining certain kinds of information as protected, or both, or something yet else. Information regarding the supply chain might be such information.

You generally want to be on the same page with the proprietor of any information you disclose.

[Edited at 2013-05-31 18:22 GMT]

From the article:

Avoid pointing out your lack of experience or qualifications, your weaknesses, your limitations.

Actually, that's debatable. You can't focus on that, but you don't really lose much for admitting something that your client would prefer to know, even if it wouldn't normally lose you the deal. For example, your client may ultimately not care that you graduated only last year but may be unhappy to see you hiding dates. Just don't overfocus on the bad stuff.

A wordsmith’s resume absolutely must be convincing. Invest in professional advice if necessary.

Either you are a wordsmith or not. When you are an actor, you don't hire a double to attend a casting for you. This said, you can surely talk to a consultant.

Too much detail: The reader simply doesn’t have the time to read it and/or loses interest

Depends on the reader. Some people will penalise you for only giving bare-bones information, others for giving anything more than that. You can't please everybody. Business is much like dating in this regard. Therefore, among other things, don't expect anybody to be too much of a reasonable person.

Insufficient attention to detail: The reader will doubt your ability to produce a polished translation

Hear ye, hear ye.

Over-inflated claims: These rarely work in your favour and can be the cause of grave problems

The bolded part needs rephrasing for style and specificity.

Wrong message: The reader is looking for a competent business partner, not an employee

Again, depends on the reader.

[Edited at 2013-05-31 18:29 GMT]


Sarah Valentina  Identity Verified
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New to Freelance Nov 11, 2014

This is a very good information. Although I have a question. I am currently working as an in-house translator too. In a resume intended for my freelance work, should I write the agency where I am working now or not?


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