So you’re a Specialist, but What Makes you Special?

For a translator, having a specialization is not enough to speak for itself. It has become the norm to become an expert on a specific field. So, what differentiates you from the crowd?

You have to be willing to go the extra mile. There are a number of things you can do to stand out as a linguist, (or any professional for that matter). If you are thinking about joining social media, you are wasting time thinking. Get on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+ immediately! Social Networking websites are no longer just an option; they have become essential to networking.

If you want to make your profile stand out from the rest, your fields of expertise should be clearly stated (in order) in your bio or in your “About Me.” You want your pages to be easy to read and easily accessible so Translation Service Providers can find you.

You want to gather a team of experts in your niche. When you land a large project you will have them to go to, and they will have you when they land one.

Another way to stand out is to create your own website. You can have all the vital information about yourself and your qualifications in one place. You can even include examples of your work. Your website along with all of your social media platforms should be connected.

You can also subscribe to trade journals and even attend trade shows. You can learn a lot about a field, and you will be able to identify the key people and companies in your niche. It is important to contact these people to build a strong network in your niche.

The most important thing is to get your name out there. By utilizing all of these examples you can build a strong network, which helps you become more well-known and more frequently recommended, which, in turn, can increase your income.

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