By Marion Rhodes
English ~German Translator

I just listened to Tess Whitty’s latest Marketing Tips for Translators podcast on avoiding CV scams as a freelance translator. (Remember, I am still recovering and therefore have lots of free time.) As usual, it was packed full of useful information, and if you haven’t already, I highly recommend you check out her podcast series. 

I have been approached (unsuccessfully) many times by translation scammers, although as far as I know, I’ve never been the victim of a CV scam. I have already removed my resume from the Internet wherever possible, and I only send out my CV in PDF format if requested. However, this podcast episode reminded me to be even more cautious.

For example, I had never thought much about the danger of people stealing my information from LinkedIn to create a fake CV. I’m sure we all get requests to join someone’s network on LinkedIn from people we don’t know now and then, with no personal message attached. It’s actually considered a violation of the LinkedIn netiquette, but thinking I’ve got nothing to hide on my professional profile, I’ve accepted such requests in the past. After all, you can never have too many networking contacts, right? Well, I won’t do that anymore. 

Going through my contact list on LinkedIn, I realized that I have several connections whom I do not know, some of whom provide very little information about themselves on their LinkedIn profiles. These people are able to see all the information on my LinkedIn profile. If any of them had malicious intent, they could steal my information and use it to create a fake CV. 

So my to-do-list for today now includes going through my LinkedIn contact list and removing anybody with whom I do not have any connections in common, who doesn’t have a complete profile that obviously relates to my industry somehow, or otherwise seems suspicious. From now on, I will be more cautious about LinkedIn contact requests, and I encourage anyone who wants to connect with me to write me a brief personal message (email me if LinkedIn won’t let you). 

In the meantime, I encourage you to listen to Tess’ podcast. Scammers are a real problem for freelance translators, as they can severely damage our reputation. I’ve included a link to the episode below. Keep it safe, everyone! 

Here’s the link to the Marketing Tips for Translators episode:

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