Why can't we inquire for work with agencies via the directory?
Thread poster: Dan Mackey

Dan Mackey
United States
Local time: 16:30
Arabic to English
Feb 27, 2017

I received the following email and would like to know what the intended purpose of the agency directory and the "Send Email" option is within agency profiles? Here is the email I received:

"A message you submitted via ProZ.com with the subject line "Adarve
Translations Arabic to English Translator" has been rejected by
site staff or moderators.

Reason: Do not use this form to advertise your services

If you have any questions, please submit a support ticket:
http://www.proz.com/support

Best regards,
The ProZ.com Team"

[Edited at 2017-02-27 17:34 GMT]


 

Lingua 5B  Identity Verified
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Local time: 22:30
German to Serbian
+ ...
What it's meant for. Feb 27, 2017

This button probably wasn't meant for what you used it. Were you sending an unsolicited offer?

 

Dan Mackey
United States
Local time: 16:30
Arabic to English
TOPIC STARTER
Yes Feb 27, 2017

Thank you for your reply. Yes, I contacted the agency to introduce myself and invite them to view my profile and my website. If this is not acceptable, then what is the intended purpose of the "Send Email" function?

Thank you again for you reply!


 

Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 21:30
Member (2007)
English
+ ...
The purpose is given on the screen Feb 27, 2017

Dan Mackey wrote:
I contacted the agency to introduce myself and invite them to view my profile and my website. If this is not acceptable, then what is the intended purpose of the "Send Email" function?

You need to specify the purpose of the email from a drop-down list. It can relate to a discussion taking place on KudoZ or in the forums, or an offer of work, etc. On a panel on the right, it says: "Do not use this form to advertise your services."

You should use the Companies Directory to offer your services. The directory will tell you how to contact the agency (if they do indeed want you to). I think you can also contact them through the Blue Board, but I'm not 100% sure.


 

Enrique Cavalitto  Identity Verified
Argentina
Local time: 17:30
Member (2006)
English to Spanish
No advertising of any product or service, including one's own translation services Feb 27, 2017

Dan Mackey wrote:

I received the following email and would like to know what the intended purpose of the agency directory is and the "Send Email" option is within agency profiles is? Here is the email I received:

"A message you submitted via ProZ.com with the subject line "Adarve
Translations Arabic to English Translator" has been rejected by
site staff or moderators.

Reason: Do not use this form to advertise your services

If you have any questions, please submit a support ticket:
http://www.proz.com/support

Best regards,
The ProZ.com Team"


Hi Dan,

The purpose of the ProZ.com directories is for clients or outsourcers in general to find service providers and offer them work.
In order to get jobs, you should have a great profile that will be found by companies when they look for providers like you.
Some companies ask for applications through the Blue Board
Offering your own services through the profile email feature is not in line with http://www.proz.com/siterules/general/3#3
The proper use of the profile email is made clear in the corresponding form:

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Kind regards,
Enrique


 

Dan Mackey
United States
Local time: 16:30
Arabic to English
TOPIC STARTER
Mea culpa :( Feb 27, 2017

I sincerely thank you for your replies and I am embarassed for overlooking the clearly stated warning to not advertise. Mea culpa! The silver lining, though, is getting helpful feedback and guidance from you more experienced translators. Thank you very muchicon_smile.gif

DM


 

John Fossey  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 16:30
Member (2008)
French to English
Use your own list Feb 27, 2017

In any case, it's better to assemble your own list of outsourcers and contact them directly. The BlueBoard can certainly be used as a source of information, and is especially useful for finding reliable outsourcers. You can also use lists of members of agency associations such as http://www.atc.org.uk/ and https://www.euatc.org/, these are a rich source of information.

But you should then contact them directly, after visiting their website to see how they want to be contacted. Almost all agencies have a link on their website to a page providing instructions on how to become one of their translators. Some will accept being contacted by email, but nowadays most want you to register your details in a database on their website. In the latter case, sending an email may not serve any purpose.


 

Lingua 5B  Identity Verified
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Local time: 22:30
German to Serbian
+ ...
If you wanna go that way... Feb 27, 2017

As far as I know, you can visit an agency's official website, and use their web contact form to apply or contact them. However I believe that nobody likes unsolicited offers and the response is generally very low (may depend on the language pair though).

Yes, when sending a ProZ email/message there's a "job" option but that would relate to a specific job already arranged or advertised.


 


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