The Savvy Newcomer

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

The Hallmarks of a Good Translator

The Hallmarks of a Good Translator

By The Savvy Newcomer | August 31, 2021

This post originally appeared on The minimalist translator blog and it is republished with permission. What makes a really good translator? Maybe you’ve always wondered what a translator actually does and has to be good at. Maybe you are looking for a good translator. Or maybe you are a translator and perhaps, as you’re reading this…

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New ATA e-book for Translation Newbies: Your Go-to Guide for Starting Out

By The Savvy Newcomer | August 3, 2021

So, you’re interested in starting a career in translation… chances are you have a lot of questions! You might be wondering whether you need a website or blog, how to find potential clients and market your services, what kind of hardware and software you’ll use, and how to approach your business structure and finances. These…

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Getting Started: 10 Tips

By The Savvy Newcomer | June 1, 2021

This post originally appeared on Translation Times and it is republished with permission. We oftentimes get questions about how to get started in the profession, and that’s a long answer. Actually, part of this blog is dedicated to answering precisely that question, and we have a long list of articles that we’ve marked for beginners.…

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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.

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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.

E65: Inside Specialization – Translating Sustainability

Discover what jobs are available in the sustainability and waste management market in Episode 65 of The ATA Podcast.

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E63: Inside Specialization – Conference Interpreting

Here’s your chance to find out what it’s really like to work as a conference interpreter in Episode 63 of The ATA Podcast.

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E61: Inside Specialization – Technical Translator

In this episode, find out what it’s like to work as a highly specialized technical translator in a hard science.

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E59: Inside Specialization – Educational Interpreting and Translation

In this episode, find out about the field of educational interpreting and translation, and the satisfaction that comes from making a difference in people’s lives.

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E57: Inside Specialization – International Development

In this episode, find out what it’s like to translate in the international development market.

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E55: Inside Specialization – Court Interpreting

Welcome to Inside Specialization, an all-new feature of The ATA Podcast that will tackle the what, why, and how of different specializations. In this first episode, find out what it’s like to be a court interpreter.

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Featured Webinars

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

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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Entering the Changing Interpreting Market

Whether you are just graduating from an interpreting program or have been in the market for a while, this webinar is for you! The…

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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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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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Divisions

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!