This will be a rather short post, since the situation here is quite simple.
There are several job portals targeting translators, like TranslationDirectory, TranslatorPub, TraduGuide, Translatorsbase, TranslatorsTown, Translators' Café, ProZ and GoTranslators. If you were looking for a one-by-one review of these sites, I must disappoint you. Beside some minor differences they all follow the same scheme:
Would you pay to be in this crowd?
There are many more online job portals, which are not targeted for translator (e.g. Freelancer.com, Fiverr, Upwork, etc.), but any freelancer providing services like DTP, transcribing, coding, SEO, etc. Do not let their fancy design mislead you: these portals are nothing else but huge online sweat shops.
In short, none of these portals worth the subscription fee. What you pay will for the subscription never return. The time you spend on providing all information requested will never be given back. You will expose yourself to anyone, which logically might include the clients you are looking for, but the fact is that the visitors of such portals are not the clients you are looking for. Additionally, the information you publish there about yourself is beyond your control since you are not the owner of the site.
On these portals there will be always someone who is willing to work for less money than you do. Additionally, in order to maximize the exposure and to round up the largest pool of applicants, job posters will often post the same job on several portals. Don't forget: on their side there are no fees involved, so this is nothing more than copy-pasting the job description. If a translator wants to be sure that his perimeter is secured, he should subscribe to all job portals, which will result a total yearly subscription fee of $2,000.
All these sites represent the very bottom of the industry. These portals might be the first places an inexperienced translator might look for work at the very beginning of his career, but he can call himself a translator only when he is able to steer away from these sites and still receive a constant flow of work.
Zsolt, you totally broke my heart.
I confess that in the past I did post a job on one of these sites.
I really regret this and I learnt from my mistake.
I will never do this again.
And from now on...
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