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Poll: Do you respond to enquiries for potential jobs?
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Milena Taylor  Identity Verified
Serbia
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Most of the time Aug 13, 2015

I reply to all enquiries that are sent directly to me.
If it is a "potential" job posted on ProZ, I reply only if I am available at the moment to do so and if the "potential job" is within my fields of expertise...


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Yes, sometimes Aug 13, 2015

But not the one that arrived presumptuously in my inbox today without so much as a by your leave...

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EvaVer  Identity Verified
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Exactly Aug 13, 2015

Milena Taylor wrote:

I reply to all enquiries that are sent directly to me.
If it is a "potential" job posted on ProZ, I reply only if I am available at the moment to do so and if the "potential job" is within my fields of expertise...

Except when the "enquiry sent directly to me" is a mass mail - then I may not respond. If it's addressed to me in person, I consider it polite to respond - even negatively, and even if what they ask for is preposterous in any way.


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Sometimes Aug 13, 2015

But less and less these days. I've learned that most of them don't pan out. Sometimes agencies are quoting to a potential client and want to show off a list of translators who look good on paper; then when the time comes to hire people, the go for people who charge less.

I actually had this happen to me.


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Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Yes Aug 13, 2015

But I make it clear that I am only potentially available to do them

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Catherine De Crignis  Identity Verified
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Very rarely or always - depends Aug 13, 2015

Random agencies : I can't remember them bringing me any work at all (the lowest bidder takes it all?). I only reply when the message is personal, which is very unusual.

Known clients : of course potential jobs are welcome (and I always provide a quote), as long as I'm still free if and when they do come up.


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Terry Richards
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ALL jobs are potential... Aug 13, 2015

...until you have a PO.

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Kuochoe Nikoi  Identity Verified
Ghana
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Certainly Aug 13, 2015

Almost always. And I try to be as polite as possible. "Do to others as you would have them do to you" (Luke 6:31). The only time I won't reply is if I've already said "Thanks but no thanks" but the agency keeps sending out mass emails anyway. At that point I will usually ask to be taken off the list and refuse to respond any further.

[Edited at 2015-08-13 10:48 GMT]


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Billh
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Only from known clients..... Aug 13, 2015

and if through proz I point them to my details.....

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Erzsébet Czopyk  Identity Verified
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no if tender only Aug 13, 2015

TransAfrique wrote:

Almost always. And I try to be as polite as possible. "Do to others as you would have them do to you" (Luke 6:31).
[Edited at 2015-08-13 10:48 GMT]


I loved your comment sooo much! I reply to all enquiries that are sent directly to me, I just feel obliged to do it. The only exception if it is a "potential" job posted on ProZ and this is a part of a tender - I never participate and if I reply, this is just a short, "No, thank you"-message. I hate these tenders: the agencies need to prove they have translators in all EU languages so they want my CV and my certificates. Foir long years whren I gave my permission, I never had a single cent of these tenders, even if I know the company won. So the just collects the CVs and then give jobs to ...who knows whom.

[Edited at 2015-08-13 12:10 GMT]

[Edited at 2015-08-13 12:10 GMT]


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Simon Bruni  Identity Verified
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CV fraud Aug 13, 2015

Muriel Vasconcellos wrote:

Sometimes agencies are quoting to a potential client and want to show off a list of translators who look good on paper; then when the time comes to hire people, the go for people who charge less.

I actually had this happen to me.


Yep, this is a common practice and it's essentially CV fraud. When agencies bid for contracts, they are often required to include details of "their" translators. Of course, the translators they ultimately use to fulfil the contract could be anyone. If only end clients knew the reality...


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Maja_K  Identity Verified
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I don't get ... Aug 13, 2015

Simon Bruni wrote:

Muriel Vasconcellos wrote:

Sometimes agencies are quoting to a potential client and want to show off a list of translators who look good on paper; then when the time comes to hire people, the go for people who charge less.

I actually had this happen to me.


Yep, this is a common practice and it's essentially CV fraud. When agencies bid for contracts, they are often required to include details of "their" translators. Of course, the translators they ultimately use to fulfil the contract could be anyone. If only end clients knew the reality...



how the agencies can do that? Someone's CV is not enough to prove that someone is "theirs", and yet somehow it works. I have given my CV a few times to agencies without getting any of the "potential work" they were promising. On the other hand, how rude is it from me if I refuse to give my CV to an agency, when I want to show a good will for a cooperation?


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Henry Schroeder  Identity Verified
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Only if they write my name Aug 13, 2015

or if I already know them.

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DianeGM  Identity Verified
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Yes ... Aug 13, 2015

but only if they are serious offers.

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