How to write a freelance translator CV

Updated March 23, 2017

As a freelance translator you are constantly obligated to sell yourself and your abilities to maintain steady employment. However, if you market yourself well, you will open your modern career opportunities to such freelance jobs such as resume translation, teleconference translation and medical documentation work. The most extensive way to provide evidence of your education and training to prospective employers and clients is to write a professional translator CV. This document will highlight your career and areas of expertise as a freelance translator.

Start your CV by typing your personal information, including your full name, current address, phone number, e-mail address and professional website URL if you have one. Since freelance translation jobs are often done for individuals in personal situations, it is also common to put your date of birth, gender and nationality in this section.

Create the "Summary" or "Translation" section in which you will write in paragraph form about your career as a translator. Include information about how many years you have been a translator, languages spoken and areas of expertise, and types of translation jobs you have experience with, such as resume translation, online correspondence and oversees corporate work. If you grew up speaking one of your offered languages, mention that you are a "native" speaker. Also list in point by point format specific services you offer as a translator like proofreading and transcription.

Type your "Experience" or "Work History" section. This will most likely be the largest part of your CV as you will list many or all of your current and previous employers and clients. List not only employer names, locations and dates of employment, but also specific tasks you performed as part of the position such as brochure translation or recording international meeting minutes. As a freelancer you may have done dozens or even hundreds of one time projects in your career, so limit these to the most notable accomplishments. It is also appropriate to write about any awards or honours you may have received for your translation work.

Write the "Education" section of your CV. List your education background in reverse chronological order and include the degree or program title, institution name, location and date of completion or graduation. Under this, fill out each listing with a paragraph describing specific course work or student accomplishments relevant to your career as a freelance translator.

Create your "References and Testimonials" page. As a freelancer having done many small jobs, type in quotations a few testimonials from clients or employers that can vouch for your work. Include each references name, location (city and country only) and the nature of the translation work. If given permission, you may also include contact information.

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Kara Page has been a freelance writer and editor since 2007. She maintains several blogs on travel, music, food and more. She is also a contributing writer for Suite101 and has articles published on eHow and Answerbag. Page holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas.