7 Top Tips for Applying to Albion Languages
Are you a translator eagerly looking for your next project? Would you like to work with Albion Languages? In this article, we ask our Vendor Manager, Petra Kis-Jakab, what it takes to join our team of external translators.
For the past 17 years, Albion Languages has been supported and strengthened by the work of over 500 translators across the world. They are our valued colleagues, and we are proud to contribute to their success as they have contributed to ours. As former freelance translators ourselves, we know that it is often difficult to contact translation companies who may be flooded with applicants. When you’re one out of a million in the market, you need to know how to stand out from the crowd.
Surrounded by linguists and project managers, Petra is responsible for recruiting new talent and maintaining a strong relationship with current vendors. Her years of experience have given her great insight into the ideal qualities of a suitable potential vendor, and what makes an attention-grabbing application. Here are 7 of her top tips for applicants.
1. Where should I send my CV?
Send it to email@example.com! All vendor applications will be sent directly to Petra through this address. To really stand out, make sure that you attach a short introduction.
Those who describe why they want to work with us are usually the first to grab our attention.
2. What should I be sure to include on my CV?
Your background information should of course include your degree, qualifications, and work experience. Everything should be clearly listed, and up-to-date. Recommendations from clients, or high Proz.com ratings are impressive and eye-catching.
We truly appreciate it when translators neatly list their native language, spoken languages, and their preference in CAT tools.
3. Is there any additional information that would make my application stand out?
List your preferred method of contact and level of availability in your CV or attached as additional information. Imagine finding a great translator, only to discover that their contact information isn’t correct! Even worse, contacting a translator who ends up being far too busy to work with us.
If you are completely available for new projects, or working at limited capacity, please let us know that when you apply!
4. Ok, I’ve got your attention with my excellent CV. What’s the next step?
Expect an email from Petra with a brief introduction about Albion Languages and a description of potential opportunities within our company. If she has all of the required information from you, she will send you a translation test.
You will be asked to complete a project which must be sent back at a precise deadline. The goal is to test your skills as a translator in your given field, preferred CAT tool, and language combination. It is always modelled on current projects, in order to show you what you can expect in a typical job.
Although it will not be a real project, treat it like one! Do your best, and be absolutely sure to follow all requirements, especially the deadline. If a translator does not return the project by the deadline, we will assume that he or she will always deliver late projects.
5. How should I respond in my emails with the vendor manager?
Petra loves kind greetings, professional dialogue, and crystal clear answers.
Above all, don’t be afraid to ask questions. If there is one thing that she hates, it’s miscommunication!
Congratulations! You’ve been accepted, and are now a valued member of the Albion family.
6. What should I do to maintain a good relationship with Albion?
Honesty, and cooperation are the key to success at Albion Languages. If you encounter a problem, tell us. We will work it out together. Don’t shy away from asking questions. And, please always feel free to strike up a pleasant conversation.
We want to get to know you, and we hope that you will want to get to know us too.
7. Are you currently looking for any new vendors?
Absolutely! We are always on the lookout for translators skilled in the medical and technical fields. Our most commonly requested language combinations are EN-HU, HU-EN, DE-EN, EN-DE. Applications with those combinations are always welcome!
If you have any further questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can’t wait to hear from you!
Petra Kis-Jakab, Vendor Manager