work samples: what do you send someone who requests a job sample
Thread poster: fredyG

fredyG
United States
Local time: 21:37
Member (2015)
French to English
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Mar 6, 2014

Someone is asking me for 100 sample of my work for a possible translation job.
That seems excessive!
And how do you send a sample? You send both documents in the pair of languages?

Thanks for your help,


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Monika Rozwarzewska  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 04:37
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English to Polish
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100 sample Mar 6, 2014

Do you mean 100-words sample?
If so, I don't think it is too big. And yes, when I receive such requests, I send both documents, in my case Polish and English.


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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 03:37
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English
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Not a 100-word test? Mar 6, 2014

Are you sure they aren't asking if you would be prepared to translate 100 words that they provide, as a test (probably for free)? That's very common.

They would normally only ask for 2-3 samples of your work. The easiest thing to do for that is upload them to your profile. Then you just have to give a link. Unless they want a very specific subject area. But 100 samples, however short, would take a long time to get together, and would be a totally unreasonable request, IMHO.


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Giovanna Alessandra Meloni  Identity Verified
Italy
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Spanish to Italian
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100 samples? Mar 6, 2014

As Monica and Sheila said, I think (and I hope) they ask for a 100-words test, and it is a reasonable request.
But if they ask for 100 sample, it is totally different (and not reasonable, of course).

And I send both documents, (source and target text), but you can do as Sheila suggested, and give a link to your profile, if you uploaded some samples there.


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Sergei Tumanov  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:37
English to Russian
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what do you send Mar 6, 2014

nothing

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fredyG
United States
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Thank you Mar 6, 2014

I thank you for the responses. Yes, it said a 100 work sample, but I am going to believe they meant 100 WORDS sample. And I will post them on my profile with a link to it.
Thank you


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Sarah McDowell  Identity Verified
Canada
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Just send them an example of something you've done Mar 6, 2014

Make sure that you don't include anything confidential in the sample. 100 samples is way too much. A 100-word sample is normal.

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