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.
So 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!