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* Globalization offers new tools and opportunities, including the possibility of networking with colleagues and potential customers everywhere.  
* Globalization offers new tools and opportunities, including the possibility of networking with colleagues and potential customers everywhere.  

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Note: This article is a joint project of ProZ.com members and guests. All translators are invited to contribute freely. (Click "Edit" above; you must be logged in.)
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  • Globalization offers new tools and opportunities, including the possibility of networking with colleagues and potential customers everywhere.

Temporary project teams

  • You deliver a long, difficult translation and the invoice, receive the thankful acknowledgement from your client and relax.
  • After replenishing the food supply and restoring a modicum of after-delivery order to your place, you start to wait for the next assignment.
  • Maybe some days elapse and you get nervous. A couple of days later you get concerned, and the next week you start looking for that list of 3,000 agencies you got some time ago, to send them your CV.
  • And then an offer arrives, well within your fields of expertise and rates range, but the volume and time requirements are far beyond your capabilities.
  • What do you do? Reject the assignment and remain idle, and risk losing a client that may not know at your door the next time? If you did not work on your networking this could be your only sensible choice.
  • Networking is patient connections-building and fostering activities that allows you to identify colleagues you may team with, taking into account their professionalism, specialties and the pleasantness of working with them.
  • If you have properly done your networking, when the big job arrives you will be able to assemble a project team, get the work done, keep the customer satisfied and provide jobs to your temporary partners. Besides, a successful project helps reinforce the bonds and allows teams members to learn more about each other.
  • And the next time maybe one of those partners will get a large assignment and offer you to take part of it.
  • Networking is therefore useful to help freelancers cope with the peaks and valleys of an inherently uneven business.

Giving and getting recommendations

  • Another key aspect of networking is that of providing and getting referrals. You can recommend colleagues you trust to a customer looking for you when you are already engaged, and your colleague could to the same for you. In both cases this improves the changes of getting a job, keep the customer satisfied and reinforce your networking.
  • You can also do this with trusted colleagues in different fields of expertise. Imagine you do technical translations on telecommunications and your colleague does legal translations. When someone offers you legal stuff you can recommend your friend and he/she could send your way technical jobs. And maybe you can cooperate on the technical annex of a contract or the warranty section of a technical manual.
  • If you are a ProZ.com member, you can refer other site members in your profile.


Networking in a globalized world

  • Professional associations also offer a fertile ground for meeting interesting people, in particular through in-person events such as seminars and conferences.
  • ProZ.com and other translation workplaces have been created based on the premise that translators will be willing to cooperate if given the appropriate tools and opportunities. ProZ.com offers several tools for networking, including:
    • forums: to give and get help, show your knowledge and professionalism, know and be known and, last but not least, show that you can write well (a must for a translator).
    • KudoZ: To provide terminological help and to learn from the knowledge of others. Providing good questions is more important than getting points. This is a good channel for identifying experts in a given field (and potential clients can identify you as well).
    • events such as powwows, conferences and training sessions, for meeting face to face, exchange cards and stories, learn from each other and have fun. Learn more on getting the most out of industry events.
  • Social networks such as LinkedIn offer new alternatives for networking on a model of profiles, communication tools and special groups.

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Networking

C.M. Rawal Identity Verified
India
Local time: 12:35
Member (2007)
English to Hindi
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I find ProZ.com forum very useful for promoting oneself and getting good jobs. Sep 24, 2012

I was lucky to have participated in one of the translation contests in which I was declared a winner in my language pair.
I organized a powwow about two years ago on the use of CAT tools for translations which was highly appreciated by the participants.
I participate a lot in various activities of ProZ.com and contribute to the best of my ability.
All such activities pay you a lot in some way or the other.
I would therefore recommend all members to be an active participant in
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I was lucky to have participated in one of the translation contests in which I was declared a winner in my language pair.
I organized a powwow about two years ago on the use of CAT tools for translations which was highly appreciated by the participants.
I participate a lot in various activities of ProZ.com and contribute to the best of my ability.
All such activities pay you a lot in some way or the other.
I would therefore recommend all members to be an active participant in all the activities of ProZ.com which would be very much rewarding in the long run.
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