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Freelance Translators Obtaining Security Clearance

Aside from large translation corporations, there is a competitive landscape for freelance translators in Canada. Research estimates that there are approximately 15,000 freelance translators, interpreters, and localization specialists in Canada. With this being said, freelance workers are encouraged to expand their certifications and skill set in order to give them an edge in a large competitive environment. This blog will explore how freelance translators can obtain security clearance to secure more job opportunities.

What Does This Look Like?

By far, the government is the largest consumer of translation services. They require a plethora of services for different reasons. For example, translating documents from English to French. With this being said, there is a competitive territory for translators to acquire employment opportunities.

Translators often compete on: quality, price, and customer service. Check out my other blog that highlights a buyer’s priorities when purchasing localization for more information: https://robinayoub.blog/2020/06/29/purchasing-localization-buyers-priorities/

Quality is typically in the eyes of the beholder. The translated content must be accurate and well-presented. Moreover, price is a huge factor in the translation industry. Price degradation has become an issue where people are unable to make a living with the low prices that are offered. Thus, pricing must be fairly calculated to represent the quality of the content. Lastly, customer service is an integral component in building one’s brand. This includes quick turnaround, prompt communication, and overall happy clientele.

These three factors are important in building a strong reputation for freelance translators. However, a fourth factor that can give translators an edge in the business is obtaining their security clearance licence. Government agencies are often searching for translators that are qualified to translate secure content. A minority of translators are cleared by the government to provide this service. Thus, it is encouraged that more freelance translators look into obtaining a security clearance licence to: a) receive more contracts, and b) request for more money.

Applying For Security Clearance

There are different levels for security clearance. The process to obtain the certification involves: background checks, certifying one’s workplace, and meeting certain requirements. You can learn more at: https://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/esc-src/personnel/information-eng.html

Wrapping it Up

Conclusively, freelance translators that have obtained their security clearance licence are open to more employment opportunities. Not only does this help government agencies with their translation needs, but also allows freelance workers more flexibility in leveling up in their career.

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