The Savvy Newcomer

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

A Translator's Value(s) in a Shifting Market

A Translator’s Value(s) in a Shifting Market

By The Savvy Newcomer | November 14, 2023

It has to be admitted that the translation marketplace in 2023 is a strange thing to experience. I sometimes imagine that it’s getting stranger by…

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The Best Google Search Tips for Translators

The Best Google Search Tips for Translators

By The Savvy Newcomer | October 24, 2023

This post was originally published on Katie L. Ward’s blog. It is reposted with permission.  All translators know that research is one of the key parts…

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ATA 64th Annual Conference (ATA64)

Conference Countdown: Your Guide to Preparing for Success at ATA64

By The Savvy Newcomer | October 17, 2023

Less than two weeks remain until ATA’s 64th Annual Conference (ATA64) in Miami! Attending the ATA conference is a fantastic opportunity to connect with industry…

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Get ready for the event made for you!

Attend educational sessions, job recruitment events, and networking opportunities, all designed specifically for professional translators and interpreters.

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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.

E92: Inside Specialization – Audiovisual Translation with a PhD

Listen as ATA member Angélica Ramírez offers insights about how language postgraduate education has evolved in the 21st century and audiovisual specialization.

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E90: Inside Specialization – Food and Wine Translation

In this episode, we interview ATA member and food and wine translator Adam Sachs about the ins and outs of culinary translation.

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E82: Inside Specialization – Medical Translation

Join podcast host María Baker and guest Danielle Maxson as they take a look inside the specialization of medical translation.

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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.

Pricing for a Profit Playbook

Pricing for a Profit Playbook

Get a step-by-step pricing and negotiation strategy to show you how to generate leads, sales, and hard cash in the bank. Are you uncertain…

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Finding Your First Translation and Interpreting Clients

Finding Your First Translation and Interpreting Clients

You know you can do this job, but how do you get experience when no one wants to hire you without it. Finding your…

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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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Featured Articles

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

From the President-Elect: The Final Countdown!

By The ATA Chronicle | September 18, 2022

From the President-Elect Veronika Demichelis veronika@veronikademichelis.com The countdown is on for ATA63! In a few short weeks (or days, depending on when you’re reading this),…

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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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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 continues to grow. Become part of a community that supports your goals as a language professional.