What are instant jobs?
Thread poster: Luca Tutino
| | Marijke Mayer
Local time: 22:30
Dutch to English
| quick jobs with immediate payment into PayPal or Proz Wallet || Jan 3, 2003 |
Actually, to answer your question, there are not that many instant jobs. I\'m sure you could find this FAQ somewhere on this site. In my eyes, an instant job is generally a small one that needs to be completed very quickly. It obviously must be small in nature to be done rightaway.
Although not in quite such a rush, I placed one the other day as I needed one paragraph translation from a different language than what I usually translate from. I paid my colleague through PayPal rightaway. I would classify this as an \'internal\' job between Proz members, but anyone could place an instant job.
| | Mary Worby
Local time: 21:30
German to English
In my experience, Instant Jobs are pretty few and far between. They are generally small, and payment has been received up front, so there is, theoretically, no risk involved. Translators are essentially pre-qualified for the jobs on the basis of membership, kudoz, accreditation, etc., so if one comes in, all you need do is accept it.
The drawback of the system, at least for me, is that all jobs I have been offered have been US-based. Apart from the currency issues, this means that the jobs almost invariably land in my inbox at around 4 in the morning! By the time I drag myself out of bed, they have almost always gone, or need completion within 37 minutes !. (As an aside, would it be possible to pre-qualify translators on the basis of approximate time zone as well?).
As far as I know, the \'internal jobs\' section was for inhouse positions. But it doesn\'t seem to be working at the moment.
I have the same problem. I received only one InstantJob so far, but by the time I saw the invitation (which was something like 8 a.m. CET) I only had about 2 or 3 hours for a 2,000 words job, and it was impossible to deliver an accurate translation within this short period of time.
I do like the idea of receiving such invitations and completing translations instantly, if necessary, but it honestly does not make a lot of sense to just see all these offers slip through your fingers because of time differences.
| | gianfranco
Local time: 17:30
English to Italian
| There is no first and second set || Jan 7, 2003 |
On 2003-01-04 11:36, Laura G. wrote:
In the English-Italian pair instant jobs have been very few and usually come in the evening from US clients. I think the reason you did not get any invitation to complete instant jobs is due to the relatively small amount of KudoZ points you have. Also BrowniZ points are taken into account. I have 2200 KudoZ points and 2135 BrowniZ and I have been invited to complete some instant jobs but as part of the SECOND set of 5 translators invited. This means that even with my scores I belong to the second set of 5 people invited and not to the first one.
I believe that there is not a first and second set, but a number of invitations are sent, according so some criteria, and the first person to accept the translation gets it.
The criteria include the number of kudoz in the specific language pair and subject, and perhaps the browniz and type of membership.
I have done 3 Instant jobs, all as reviewer, but
I received, in each case, two invitations: one for translation and one for review.
When I answered the translation was already taken and I accepted the task of reviewing.
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