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Poll: Do you typically apply for a job even if the application process is very long/demanding?
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Enrico Zoffoli  Identity Verified
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No Apr 22, 2013

I would only if I were *really* short of work.

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Tatty  Identity Verified
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No Apr 22, 2013

I really couldn't be bothered.

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Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
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"Job" Apr 22, 2013

A job on Proz, that is? It really depends. As a rule, I do not apply for Jobs through Proz unless I want to work for less than half split-even rates. Where the choice is not work and not make but not lose money and work and lose money, I prefer to go for a bike ride!

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Diana Coada  Identity Verified
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No, never Apr 22, 2013

I do not apply for jobs advertised on Proz.

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Suzan Hamer  Identity Verified
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I also do not apply for jobs posted on ProZ. Apr 22, 2013

However, the majority of my steady and best clients have found me through my Proz profile.

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Allison Wright  Identity Verified
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No Apr 22, 2013

I tend to avoid such long, time-consuming application processes unless

1. The rate and payment terms are agreed in writing per language pair before I jump through any hoops.
2. There is definitely long-term, regular work on offer, or it is a large project which fits in with my obligations to other clients.
3. The prospective client/agency have a proven track record.

Drudgery always needs incentives!


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Chris S  Identity Verified
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No Apr 22, 2013

Here I am, take it or leave it

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dasein_wm  Identity Verified
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No Apr 22, 2013

Chris S wrote:

Here I am, take it or leave it


Well said.


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Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
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Yes, but Apr 22, 2013

Curiously, the more paperwork the lower rates in my experience.

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Helen Hagon  Identity Verified
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Depends Apr 22, 2013

I might if it was I job I really wanted to do, especially if it was a long-term project, or for a particularly desirable customer. However if it is only something small, I don't want to spend more time on admin than on the job itself. From my experience, lengthy application processes often bear little fruit anyway.

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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No, with an exception Apr 22, 2013

Allison Wright wrote:

I tend to avoid such long, time-consuming application processes unless

1. The rate and payment terms are agreed in writing per language pair before I jump through any hoops.


Agree with Allison, here.

A few times in the past, I allowed myself to be subjected to literally "trial by fire" only to find that rates, conditions and payment terms are the complete opposite of what I usually agree to. All that wasted time and effort!

The prize has to be worth the effort.


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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No Apr 22, 2013

I rarely apply for jobs. And if the other party approaches me first, I can hardly even be bothered sending them a CV, especially if they want it "full" or "updated".

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Marlene Blanshay  Identity Verified
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usually not Apr 22, 2013

usually if it's a long big process it's not worth the time.
there will be other jobs!


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Steve Kerry  Identity Verified
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Exactly. Apr 22, 2013

Yetta J Bogarde wrote:

Curiously, the more paperwork the lower rates in my experience.


In my experience, those with a multitude of "hoops to jump through" treat their translators more like machines than friendly colleagues and pay lower rates with excessive Trados discounts as a matter of course. I avoid agencies of this nature like the plague.

Steve K.


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