Connect job arrives with notice that the job is already closed and no more bids are being accepted
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writeaway  Identity Verified

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Aug 8, 2008

I just received a connect job announcement but when I scrolled to the bottom of the page, this was the message:
This job has been closed.
No more quotes are being accepted.
What's the point of mailing it to people in that case?


[Edited at 2008-08-08 12:45]


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
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Submit a Support Request Aug 8, 2008

Hi writeaway,
Please submit a Support Request to ProZ.com staff, quoting the URL of the job posting, so they can look into what went wrong.

Best regards,
Ralf


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writeaway  Identity Verified

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Thanks Ralf! Aug 8, 2008

Will do.


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irene varela  Identity Verified
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Do you get answer from Connect jobs? Aug 8, 2008

Hi everybody!

I have received at least 4 or 5 Connect job notifications since I´ve become a member. I was really enthusiastic at the beginning and send my CV + rates etc ie the usual stuff. Never got an answer. I know that probably I am not the translator they´re looking for but has any of you got a job thru Connect?

Thanks a lot to everybody
Irene Varela


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Tatiana Lammers  Identity Verified
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Nope, not yet... Aug 8, 2008

irene varela wrote:

Hi everybody!

I have received at least 4 or 5 Connect job notifications since I´ve become a member. I was really enthusiastic at the beginning and send my CV + rates etc ie the usual stuff. Never got an answer. I know that probably I am not the translator they´re looking for but has any of you got a job thru Connect?

Thanks a lot to everybody
Irene Varela


Same here. Not a single job through the Connect job. They asked me to do a couple of test translations and that was it...


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Uldis Liepkalns  Identity Verified
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The same here Aug 8, 2008

not even a single answer. My impression is these job posters reckon with (you know which country I mean) prices, not realistic ones. Of course, I do not blame ProZ on it, as ProZ does not set any prices for any offers, nor, by it's policy interferes in this "market offer" field.

However, maybe it would be good to introduce some stronger criteria for Connect jobs postings? Via Connect I have received offers of 1/4th of our starting price... and this surely degrades "Connect" project as such.

Uldis

Tatiana Lammers wrote:
Same here. Not a single job through the Connect job. They asked me to do a couple of test translations and that was it...


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Jared Tabor
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Making yourself more visible in Connect Aug 8, 2008

Hello all,

I apologize for getting off-topic from writeaway's original post, but I'd like to add to Uldis' thoughts here. Many factors may be involved in an outsourcer choosing you for a given job, but I think that something which can help make sure you are more visible in Connect in your areas is keeping the basic winning strategies of getting the most out of the site:

  • Build yourself a strong profile that reflects you as a professional. Completing your Profile Updater is important, but so are other details, like ordering your language pairs and specializations. An excellent "About me" text can make a difference. Even details such as your profile picture and tagline can help ensure you catch a potential client's eye and are easily remembered. Making sure your profile effectively tells outsourcers what you do, and what you are good at, is essential.

  • Specialize. Finding your niche, and emphasizing your specialty can be more effective than marketing yourself as an all-around general translator.

  • Answer KudoZ. Giving good answers in KudoZ in your top language pair and specialty will help make sure you are high up in the directories. Spending a bit of time each month in KudoZ can make a difference.

  • Become a member if you are not already one, as paid members of the site have a definite advantage over registered users.

    Connect jobs can be more competitive. Thinking of your profile as your "shop window" and filling it accordingly can give you that extra edge.

    Jared

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  • Ivana Friis Wilson  Identity Verified
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    I got one! Aug 8, 2008

    I got a job via Connect recently - it is possible

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    writeaway  Identity Verified

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    Afaik, I never received an NL-EN Connect offer (open or closed) when I was a member Aug 9, 2008

    Since we've gone a bit off topic and this issue has been raised, when I was still a member (haven't renewed my membership as I am waiting for a reply to questions I mailed to site staff), afaik I never received a single Nl-En Connect job offer. I did receive a few Fr-En Connect job offers, but for fields I never work in.
    I was visible near the top of the first page in the general directories as well as in some directories for specific fields in both these language pairs.
    How does being a member help a person's chances in this case? What are the criteria used for sending out the messages in the first place?

    Jared wrote:

    Hello all,

    I apologize for getting off-topic from writeaway's original post, but I'd like to add to Uldis' thoughts here. Many factors may be involved in an outsourcer choosing you for a given job, but I think that something which can help make sure you are more visible in Connect in your areas is keeping the basic winning strategies of getting the most out of the site:

  • Build yourself a strong profile that reflects you as a professional. Completing your Profile Updater is important, but so are other details, like ordering your language pairs and specializations. An excellent "About me" text can make a difference. Even details such as your profile picture and tagline can help ensure you catch a potential client's eye and are easily remembered. Making sure your profile effectively tells outsourcers what you do, and what you are good at, is essential.

  • Specialize. Finding your niche, and emphasizing your specialty can be more effective than marketing yourself as an all-around general translator.

  • Answer KudoZ. Giving good answers in KudoZ in your top language pair and specialty will help make sure you are high up in the directories. Spending a bit of time each month in KudoZ can make a difference.

  • Become a member if you are not already one, as paid members of the site have a definite advantage over registered users.

    Connect jobs can be more competitive. Thinking of your profile as your "shop window" and filling it accordingly can give you that extra edge.

    Jared


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