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Madeleine MacRae Klintebo  Identity Verified
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Jan 2, 2015

Received an email today, Friday 2 Jan, from an agency that is looking for a freelance PM for 2 months - starting Monday 5 Jan...

Good: They are based in the same city I am - London - so they appear to have made some research.
Bad: Do they seriously expect professionals to sit rolling their thumbs waiting for last minute requests?

[Edited at 2015-01-02 11:53 GMT]


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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Why not? Jan 2, 2015

If they pay you your full rate for those 2 months.

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Oleg Osipov  Identity Verified
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Your reply? Jan 2, 2015

Madeleine MacRae Klintebo wrote:

Received an email today, Friday 2 Jan, from an agency that is looking for a freelance PM for 2 months - starting Monday 5 Jan...


What was your reply?


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Tom in London
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Twiddling Jan 2, 2015

Madeleine MacRae Klintebo wrote:

.... Do they seriously expect professionals to sit rolling their thumbs


Interesting concept.


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Terry Richards
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Maybe they had a cancellation... Jan 2, 2015

This doesn't necessarily indicate poor planning, somebody could have let them down at the last minute.

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Madeleine MacRae Klintebo  Identity Verified
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Twiddling and rolling digits Jan 2, 2015

Tom in London wrote:

Madeleine MacRae Klintebo wrote:

.... Do they seriously expect professionals to sit rolling their thumbs


Interesting concept.


Sometimes your brain gets twiddled when you roll between writing in two languages at the same time...

[Edited at 2015-01-02 15:50 GMT]


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Madeleine MacRae Klintebo  Identity Verified
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Delete Jan 2, 2015

Oleg Osipov wrote:

Madeleine MacRae Klintebo wrote:

Received an email today, Friday 2 Jan, from an agency that is looking for a freelance PM for 2 months - starting Monday 5 Jan...


What was your reply?


That little delete icon..


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Madeleine MacRae Klintebo  Identity Verified
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More than full rate Jan 2, 2015

Thayenga wrote:

If they pay you your full rate for those 2 months.


If they really expect me to have kept a 2-month window in my calendar just for them?


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Madeleine MacRae Klintebo  Identity Verified
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Possible Jan 2, 2015

Terry Richards wrote:

This doesn't necessarily indicate poor planning, somebody could have let them down at the last minute.


But if that was the case, I would have expected them to a) communicate with their client about a possible extension and b) ask me how soon I would be able to sort their mess out.

PS. I used to be an occasional end client and without me mentioning anything about deadlines, agencies would fall over themselves quoting unrealistic ones.


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Jesús Garcia
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advise Jan 2, 2015

Why don't you try this posición, just for a change. If youn don't have importante projects to work in, why don't you give it a try? I guess you don't have nothing to loose.

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Madeleine MacRae Klintebo  Identity Verified
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try this posición??? Jan 3, 2015

hera2010 wrote:

Why don't you try this posición, just for a change. If youn don't have importante projects to work in, why don't you give it a try? I guess you don't have nothing to loose.


If I did have an empty 2-month slot in my calendar, I would seriously reconsider my career choice.

I guess you don't have nothing [sic] to loose[sic].


Sorry, but how did you come to that conclusion?

Edited to add a question.

[Edited at 2015-01-03 00:32 GMT]


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