Translation Technology–What You Must Know As A Professional Translator

Hiring authorities place a high value on candidate that can communicate well and speak on or more languages. From a simple review of the postings on Careerbuilder.com or Monster.com, you will see that one of the most frequently listed requirements for any job is the ability to communicate. The purpose of many of the posts on this blog is to help new certified translators develop successful communication skills that allow them to better present specific information to a specific audience for a specific purpose.

In this post, we will briefly review how modern technology provides new opportunities for Washington D.C. translation workers to communicate. While you can probably think of many examples, here are a few ways that we believe technology can help translators.

•    Technology makes it possible for new types of collaboration that allows teams to complete projects more quickly and provide higher quality translations.
•    Cloud servers allow files to be shared, updated and revised by authorized individuals from anywhere in the world.
•    Inexpensive archiving and storage systems allow access to huge volumes of searchable media.

While new advancements in computer technology create countless opportunities to develop effective, well-researched and translated documents, you still need to be able to ensure confidentiality of sensitive information, write well-thought-out translations and provide accurate, complete deliverable.

In upcoming writings, the authors of this blog will discuss how technology should be incorporated into our professional translation and communication activities. Translation companies no longer ask whether translators are well versed in translation productivity and management applications such as Trados. In the same way, translators are expected to advanced skills in using Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word and a number of other office suite applications. In addition, some translation agencies have proprietary software applications that they will train you to use. You must be flexible and adapt to the changes technology brings to your workplace setting.

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