Reminder - KeyCheck Translation Blog

On applying for jobs

I’ve been reading “The Entrepreneurial Linguist” by Judy Jenner and Dagmar Jenner and today, to my surprise, I saw exactly what they meant when they were talking about contacting prospective clients. Namely:

DO YOUR RESEARCH first.

This afternoon I received a job application through the post – a short covering letter and a CV. Regardless of the applicant’s credentials or experience (or lack thereof), this person obviously did not take their time to check something that is spelled out on this website, as well as on Twitter, LinkedIn, ProZ.com, Facebook and Google+ (have I forgotten other sites? Ah yes, Translatorscafe and GlobTra…): that I am a freelancer, that me = KeyCheck Translation = Anna Lycett (and not a “dear Sir or Madam”) and that the only languages I work with are English and Polish.

Reminder - KeyCheck Translation BlogSo this is a little reminder: if you want to apply for a job, it is fine to send snail mail (I sent the person an email immediately!) and to boldly ask for jobs even when there is no information on job openings available. But for goodness sake, save yourself the price of a stamp and don’t send it to individuals, who don’t even deal with your language…

Have you experienced anything recently that made you think: I must remember…? Please share in comments!

Comments 4

  1. Hi Anna,

    Oh yes, I never understand how some people contact translators asking for work without even looking at their websites/online profiles.

    Just like you do, I make sure to market myself as a freelancer – I never use “we” when describing myself (why would I?) so that I do not get confused with a larger business… And yet, I received an e-mail from a translation agency asking me if my company had translation needs!

    Louise

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  3. Hi Anna,

    Amusingly, I have had LinkedIn contact requests who immediately wrote to me after I had accepted their invitation to connect and sent me profuse emails detailing their language skills and willingness to undertake any projects. At first I would send back a clear response detailing the various channels they should be using to obtain contacts, and that not reading my profile did not reflect well on them, but now I tend to simply ignore them.
    I think it is quite ridiculous.
    Still, if they are still hunting around for work, there are reasons why this is the case…
    Sarai

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      Hello Sarai,
      Agreed! I think it just proves that they don’t do their homework… I sometimes contact new LinkedIn connections about potential cooperation but only if they are resource specialists or something like that, and having checked out their company’s website (trying to see whether we could find a common… ehem… language?).
      Wishing you a prosperous and happy New Year,

      Anna

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