The Savvy Newcomer

Find resources written by working translators and interpreters who have been where you are right now.

GALA Global Talent Networking Event

Global Talent Networking Session: Acing the Application Process Edition

By The Savvy Newcomer | May 17, 2022

The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) is planning a series of events for students on soft skills. The second event is May 20th and focuses…

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Should Translators Work for Free?

By The Savvy Newcomer | April 19, 2022

This post was originally published on Holly-Anne Whyte’s blog. It is reposted here with permission. I work in the international development sector so this question…

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Four Toxic Mindsets That Can Kill Your Translation Career Before It Starts

By The Savvy Newcomer | March 22, 2022

When I was president of the Michigan Translators/Interpreters Network (MiTiN, pronounced “mitten,” get it?) a few years ago, I saw a long-lost member at an…

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Guide to Starting Out as a Translator

Translation is one of the fastest-growing careers. ATA offers this e-book to help set you up for success in this dynamic and exciting field.

The intention of this e-book is not to teach you how to translate, but to help you build a strong launchpad for your new career.


Inside Specialization

Featured episodes of The ATA Podcast tackle the "what, why, and how" of a specialty that might be just what you're looking for.

E73: Inside Specialization – Legal Translation

Hear about the role passion plays in the decision to become a legal translator and learn the key to becoming one of the best.

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E72: Inside Specialization – International Trade Translation

It’s the knowledge beyond the words on the page that will take you places in the specialization of International Trade Translation.

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E71: Inside Specialization – Audiovisual Translation

Get the insight and advice you need to specialize in audiovisual translation.

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E69: Inside Specialization – Video Game Localization

Find out how to gain enough experience to break into the world of video game localization.

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E68: Inside Specialization – Medical Interpreting

Learn about the skills, training, and commitment needed to work in the very personally rewarding field of medical interpreting.

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E67: Inside Specialization – Diplomatic Translation

Don’t miss an insider’s view of the truly unique specialty of Diplomatic Translation in Episode 67 of The ATA Podcast.

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Featured Webinars

ATA's Webinar Series provides affordable and effective online education for starting your career.

Getting Started with memoQ

Learn how to get started with memoQ translator pro! Knowing how to use your translation environment tool efficiently will help you boost your productivity…

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Beginner Tips and Tricks for Trados Studio

Beginner Tips and Tricks for Trados Studio

Learn how to maximize the basic functionality of Trados Studio and boost your efficiency! Trados Studio is the most powerful and popular CAT (computer-assisted…

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Creating and Optimizing a Website for Your Freelance Business

Building your own website is not as hard as it looks! When it comes to attracting serious clients online, it’s hard to beat a…

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Featured Articles

The ATA Chronicle offers current and relevant articles for starting your career.

Translator Exercise Routines?

By The ATA Chronicle | January 11, 2019

We’re all different, but we all need to get this whole fitness thing done somehow. So, as busy professionals, how do we stay healthy and manage our stress? It’s all about personality and what motivates us as individuals.

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How to Build a Translator/Interpreter Résumé That Sells

By The ATA Chronicle | January 11, 2019

How do you know whether your résumé measures up against others who work in the same language pair(s) or specialization(s)? Here are nine tips on how to sell your services effectively through your résumé so that you can stand out to those who are on the receiving end.

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How to Nail the "About" Page of Your Website

By The ATA Chronicle | November 13, 2018

The “About” page of your business website is arguably the most important page to get right. Why? This section allows potential clients to get to know you and get a sense of what you’ll be like to work with.

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The ATA Chronicle provides strategies and solutions to the challenges facing translators and interpreters. A subscription is an invaluable benefit of ATA membership.

More resources to help you start your career

Annual Conference

Build partnerships, promote yourself and your services, and get involved by attending events that offer specialized networking opportunities.

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Connect with members that share your unique interests and challenges. ATA’s specialty- and language-specific divisions offer essential resources to stay on top of emerging trends and industry news.

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Get Involved

Volunteering with ATA helps you build a community and contribute to the advancement of the profession as a whole. ATA offers many ways to get involved, get connected, and give back.

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Mentoring Program

Advice, encouragement, lessons learned, career guidance—the benefits of being a mentee can be critical to the success of your career.

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Local Resources

ATA Chapters and Affiliates serve translators and interpreters at the local level by providing events, workshops, and support in your community.

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How to Succeed as a Freelance Translator

This guide for setting up shop offers lessons learned, from finding clients to setting rates.

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Join the ATA community

The demand for translators and interpreters has grown but finding quality jobs is still a challenge. That's where the power of an ATA membership can make a difference!