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CVs and cover letters that work

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CVs and cover letters that work

  1. 1. Introduction 0 Replying to offers 0 Cover letters 0 Analysing competition 0 Before writing your CV 0 Adapting CVs to offers 0 Planning and writing 0 Language and revision
  2. 2. Replying to offers 0 Analysis Removed for confidentiality reasons
  3. 3. Replying to offers 0 Analysis Removed for confidentiality reasons
  4. 4. 0 Make notes of client’s requirements 0 Gauge the client 0 Style and language 0 Subject lines 0 Use those suggested by client 0 Use a suitable own one 0 Use a creative one 0 Address the reader 0 E-mail signature Replying to offers
  5. 5. 0 Address the reader 0 Refer to their offer 0 Where did you find it? 0 Where did you hear about the opportunity? 0 Flatter them (in a business-like manner) 0 Address all points from their offer 0 Provide relevant experience 0 Do what they ask you to do 0 Invite them to investigate your presence 0 Links to website, Proz.com profile, online portfolio Cover letters
  6. 6. 0 Replying to the offer Cover letters •I am a legal translator •Familiar with both civil and common law systemsLegal text •Living in the UK for a number of years •Translating mostly into English for courts and policeFrom Polish into English •Deep understanding of employment law through various trainings from HMRCEmployment contract •I am able to meet it, or even deliver the file earlierDeadline •Living in the UK for a number of years •British citizenEnglish native speaker •As I mentioned, I translate legal texts for CJS, Home Office and police (provide examples)Experience in this field •In both languages? No, they are from Germany, won’t need itSend CV •Price the whole assignment instead of giving a rate per wordCompetitive rate •I am able to do it, can provide Trados files as wellTrados Studio 2009
  7. 7. 0 Find CVs of other translators in your language pair and specialisation (Proz.com is great for spying!) 0 What you could do as well? 0 Layout 0 Experience – the way of phrasing it 0 Mentioning clients 0 What mistakes you won’t copy? 0 Long-term benefits 0 Education and courses to follow 0 Qualifications 0 Experience Analysing competition
  8. 8. 0 What is your motivation to write it? 0 What is its purpose? 0 Who will be reading it? 0 The rule of 20 seconds 0 Interactive CVs Before writing your CV
  9. 9. 0 What is the difference between an employee’s and freelancer’s CV? 0 Why being too general with your experience doesn’t work? 0 Why you should have 2-3 versions of your CV? 0 Should you have a different CV for direct clients and for agencies? Adapting CVs to offers
  10. 10. 0 Personal details Planning and writing 0 Professional headline 0 Personal statement 0 Specialisation, turnover, CAT tools, background, pitch
  11. 11. 0 Key achievements 0 University education 0 Work appraisals 0 Experience 0 Publications, lectures, and presentations 0 Professional experience 0 Recent projects? (In fact: most relevant projects) 0 General experience 0 Non-translation experience Planning and writing
  12. 12. 0 Qualifications 0 Professional memberships 0 Publications 0 General skills 0 Computer skills 0 Personal skills 0 Additional languages 0 Hobbies Planning and writing
  13. 13. 0 Action/power verbs 0 Proofreading 0 Format 0 CV checklist 0 Updating Language and revision
  14. 14. 0 Do you publish your CV or is it available on request only? 0 Do you mention your end clients or add their logos? 0 Do you mention agencies you have worked for? 0 Would you go for a project-specific or general experience model? 0 Do you have a separate CV for agencies and direct clients? 0 I’d love to get your opinions! marta.stelmaszak@gmail.com Any questions?

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