Many translators go to top job search websites such as
in search of job opportunities.
No one can deny the benefits of doing an online job search.
It’s an enhanced tool that job seekers can’t afford to skip.
But when you spend lots of time online browsing job postings on these websites and applying for them, you have to know how to capitalize on your search.
A job search can be a tedious task that takes time and patience. More importantly, it requires the right strategy and proper action to see results.
Never expect any single site, service or resource to have everything you need for a successful job search.
If you are a translator who is looking for a job that requires your language skills, you need to take a proactive approach. Allocate your time accordingly is the key to maximize your job search results. You probably have already noticed – there are not many translation jobs advertised out there, online or offline.
Searching the general ‘Help Wanted’ section is often a labour of lost causes. You’ll have better chance of securing any employment by doing targeted job search.
There’s no such thing as ‘the best job search website.’ Most those so-called top job search websites are geared to please their advertisers and employers first, those who pay for their services. The more job seekers they attract, the more money they make – to them, it’s about volume.
So when you apply for a position advertised on these busy websites, you are in fierce competition with hundreds or even thousands of other candidates.
There are also other reasons you should be wary about top job search websites:
1- Possible scams
There are advertisers who try to pull in some personal information for their own gains. These websites are such good shields to hide behind. Applicants beware – never give out your Social Insurance Number, birth date, bank information or even full name on the internet.
2- Too few real employers, too many recruiting companies
I’m not against recruiting companies, but when you are screened for a potential job by recruiters, your chance of getting that job is very slim. Not to mention sometimes your resume will only be read by the computer and if it doesn’t contain certain keywords, you are out.
3- Seemingly endless amount of advertisements and links
Instead of finding a real job or actual lead
These ‘opportunities’ actually just try to send you to a site that wants to sell you something, or on an maze of endless clicks and pop-up sites.
So where can you turn? I believe here’re some of the best online resources:
1- Make sure you look for niche job sites by industry or location
2- Research possible employers that interest you
Visit websites of the businesses and companies that you’d like to work for and be proactive. Those who may want to hire people with multilingual skills include utility companies, cable service providers, major telephone companies, etc.
3- Seek out informative articles by bloggers and newspapers/magazines
Do a frequent google news and web search for your occupation/job skills, ie. Legal translator, Chinese interpreter, etc.
4- Get job related advice by subscribing to certain info feeds and visiting forums.
Here are a few other places you may want to check out:
1- Visit the websites of local employers you want to work for
From my own experience, building a strong network, having a circle of friends and supporters, and keeping a list of valuable contacts has always been more fruitful than becoming dependent upon the top job search websites.