Headhunters for linguists
Thread poster: Anna Marchesi

Anna Marchesi  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 19:55
German to Italian
+ ...
Sep 13, 2016

Hello everyone,

I was wondering if anybody knows (of) a headhunter or headhunting company working specifically in the language services sector.

I'd like to explore new possibilities as an in-house translator / language specialist / translation or localization manager across Europe. I know for sure some headhunters specialise in international career opportunities for other sectors such as engineering or energy, but I have no idea if others do the same for linguists.

Thank you for any contribution!
Anna


 

Rolf Keller
Germany
Local time: 19:55
English to German
Who needs/wants/should use a headhunter? Sep 14, 2016

Anna Marchesi wrote:

I know for sure some headhunters specialise in international career opportunities for other sectors such as engineering or energy, but I have no idea if others do the same for linguists.


The fate of an enterprise often depends on some really high-level specialists, who have indispensable experience in a certain field. This persons are no low-wage persons. So, there are headhunters because headhunters are needed and cover their fee.

On the other hand, very few enterprises spend a lot of time/energy/money in looking for linguists. They just hire one of the 999 persons who knock on their door daily. The selection is simple: languages, wage, personal impression.

Engineers are selected more carefully, e. g. "Please show us some photographs of the large bridges you've constructed so far, Mr bridge-building engineer." If one would select translators this careful way, many colleagues would never get a job: Sample translations in ProZ profiles and contributions in ProZ contests are clear proofs for the quality that some persons are able to deliver under optimal conditions.


 

Anna Marchesi  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 19:55
German to Italian
+ ...
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You are right Sep 14, 2016

Unfortunately Rolf, I agree with you. You described the current situation pretty well.

Still, I was hoping to find an exception to the rule.


 


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