When you have an accident, you need a colleague who can cover your back in such a case of emergency, right? Or imagine this other pretty common situation: someone asks you for a colleague or reference to translate/interpret a certain language pair or specialization other than yours, but nobody crosses your mind at that unexpected moment. So, I’ll be straight forward: we need a digital list of colleagues in our computer.
In fact, I decided to write this post a few months ago, when I had an accident at home last year mopping the floor. I had tons of projects in my back. Yes, I could handle them and absolutely met all deadlines (yay!), but still needed some help. Maybe you know whom to recommend, but what about if that person is unavailable? That’s why I created a [blank] list for you to include recommended colleagues you closely know, met in a conference, or have a close professional relationship by networking in social media sites. Well, it takes some time to fill it out and personalize it, but it’s definitely worth it.
Here you can download my blank samples created in Excel:
Sample 1 (by Specialization)
Sample 2 (by Language)
Feel free to personalize it (colors, tabs, and/or languages).
If Excel is not your cup of tea, you can download an app to manage business cards, as my colleague and friend Emeline Jamoul recommended in her article How to Manage your Business Cards. Social media sites and databases from translators associations are excellent sources, but you’d save a lot of time if you take a look at your own list.
Looking forward to read your comments and feedback!
Thank you so much for reading this post and hope you have a lovely weekend!