Whether you are an employee or an employer, you must adopt the right behavior in your professional activity. There are numerous situations when several of the parties involved can be seriously affected if such behavior is absent or wrong.
To avoid such situations, we must be aware of certain general values such as professionalism, mutual respect, dedication, determination, responsibility, modesty, stability.
Obviously, all these aspects can also apply to translators. As in any other field of activity, professionalism comes first. This involves everything, from appearance and vocabulary to the relations with work partners. Respect is an omnipresent value in today’s society, being therefore all the more useful at work. Treat everyone with respect and they will return it. Contacts with partners or with clients should always take this aspect into account.
Irrespective of how difficult your tasks are or of your own work preferences, you should always manifest dedication for your activity, thus ensuring the satisfaction of clients. One can say the same thing about the determination to successfully carry out all the initiated projects. Always show passion for what you do and you will be successful. Words like sufficient or almost should never be associated with your work.
Neither should you disregard those moments when, willy-nilly, things do not go very well. Do not hesitate to take responsibility for possible failures. Mistakes help you adopt a more mature approach at your workplace and should never be hidden. Although your project may have posed some problems, you have managed to successfully finalize your activity. It may not be a bad idea to modestly present your results to the client. This will show the client your more human and more accessible side, thus ensuring his future return.
Finally, stability will strengthen your work relations with your clients, enabling them to know you and recommend you due to your impeccable work behavior.