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Poll: Do you reply to e-mails (job offers) from agencies/persons who do not address you by name?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you reply to e-mails (job offers) from agencies/persons who do not address you by name?".

This poll was originally submitted by Jan Kolbaba. View the poll results »



 

Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Sometimes Dec 21, 2011

It depends if the job looks interesting, the rates are reasonable, I have time, etc.

I always reply if I am addressed by name, though.


 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Only if . . . Dec 21, 2011

I'm really interested in the work they are proposing. It would have to be a topic that is dear to my heart.

I usually find that if I take the trouble to connect with them, it will turn out that their rates are too low.


 

Ian Keith Jones Williams  Identity Verified
Spain
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Investigate Dec 21, 2011

Yes, if the tone is reasonable, the job looks interesting and, as always, after investigating the agency or person to see if they are legitimate.

 

Simon Bruni  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 02:48
Spanish to English
Yes, unless the agency looks dodgy Dec 21, 2011

It has led to some good business in the past.

 

Interlangue (X)
Angola
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Depends Dec 21, 2011

I do when the mail comes from a regular customer who addresses several translators in one mail (they usually say so when they are in a hurry).

I never do when the mail comes from unknown agencies/people who don't say how/where they found me.


 

Jan Kolbaba  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
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Agree Dec 21, 2011

Interlangue wrote:
I never do when the mail comes from unknown agencies/people who don't say how/where they found me.


 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
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English to German
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Yes, provided... Dec 21, 2011

I reply only to email job offers that don't adress me personally when

1. the person/agency states where they've found me.
2. the conducted background check renders a positive result
3. the offer kindles my interest



 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
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Member (2006)
German to English
No Dec 21, 2011

I never reply to these mailing list requests for first come first serve.

Either I know the company / person or I just ignor the mail.

If I am addressed personnally, I always reply, even if I do not know the person.


 

Jan Kolbaba  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
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Agree again, thanks Dec 21, 2011

Michael Harris wrote:
If I am addressed personnally, I always reply, even if I do not know the person.


 

Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 02:48
Hebrew to English
Agree Dec 21, 2011

Simon Bruni wrote:

It has led to some good business in the past.


Sometimes it is one of those first-come-first-served agencies, which can be annoying, but isn't always necessarily a bad thing.

It doesn't bother me that they don't address me personally in the first email. If they continued to send non-personalised emails subsequently, then yes, I'd be inclined to ignore them or refuse work.

I had an agency once, who, not only was their initial email non-personalised, the subsequent exhange of emails were a mixture of personalised, non-personalised and FORWARDED emails. I had to try hard that day not to laugh.

What's worse is that they had included the details of the other translator they were negotiating with (and were trying to draw me into a bidding war). Totally unprofessional.

If I was a less diplomatic type, I might have told them to *insert their "offer" in an orifice where the sun don't shine*. Alas, I bowed out gracefully.


 

Elodie Bonnafous
France
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German to French
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I don't find it relevant Dec 21, 2011

What matters to me is that the agency / potential client makes a professional impression.

 

wonita (X)
China
Local time: 23:48
Depends on the content of the mail Dec 21, 2011

Being addressed personally or not is not an important criterion for me, the content of the mail says much more about how serious the enquiry is. I don't mind an enquiry with a potential job starting with "Dear colleagues", because the client has to ask several translators.

 

wonita (X)
China
Local time: 23:48
Neither do I mind, Dec 21, 2011

Bin Tiede wrote:

Being addressed personally or not is not an important criterion for me, the content of the mail says much more about how serious the enquiry is. I don't mind an enquiry with a potential job starting with "Dear colleagues", because the client has to ask several translators.

if the mail starts with "Sehr geehrter Herr Bin"...


 

Patricia Prevost  Identity Verified
Spain
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English to Spanish
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No Dec 21, 2011

In my case, it's usually mass mails to offer the kind of rates I don't work for. Addressing me personally, even if I don't know the client, is a different thing, though. I always reply to these emails.

Edited to add that I could have just quoted Michael Harris, as our replies are almost identical, sorry!

[Edited at 2011-12-21 12:10 GMT]


 
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