Translator CV

February 5, 2013 | By | Reply More

Welcome! Wilkommen! Bueno Dias!


Welcome to the “How to be a Freelance Translator” resume website. You will find all the information you need to create your new translator resume here. You may already have a traditional resume that you use for job hunting, but you will need a new resume that is specifically targeted to your new career as a freelance translator. Packed with resources and tips, we will guide you through the process from start to finish of creating your powerful new resume!


Just Starting Out


Here are the tips if you are just beginning your career as a freelance translator.


  1. While your experience might be limited, highlight any translation work you have done, even if unpaid.
  2. Highlight your Language Pairs and make sure they placed near the top 1/3 of your resume.
  3. Focus on Specialty Area such as legal or medical documents.
  4. Include any and all certifications that enhance your translation qualifications.
  5. If you are a recent graduate, place your the education information above the experience section.
  6. Leave off non-translation work experience unless it is related to translation i.e., working as a waiter during a summer abroad in France.


See a Sample here.


Have Some Experience


If you have some experience in translation but need a new resume, here are a few tips:


  1. Use a “Profile” at the top and highlight your years of experience, Language Pairs, certificates and Specialties in a brief 4-6 sentence paragraph at the top.
  2. Use a separate section called Areas of Expertise to highlight all the “additional” services you offer such as design layout, copy writing or technical translations.
  3. List your freelance work under a heading titled “Freelance Projects.”
  4. Include your price range and turn-around times.

See sample here.


Season Pro


See the tips above of “Have Some Experience.”

  1. Consider your resume as a Marketing Document and include only your translation “achievements” or highlights.
  2. Add one or two testimonials.
  3. Include links to your website if you have one.
  4. Include links to your business Social Media sites.

See sample here.


Category: Freelance Translator Resume, How to build your resume

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