This morning I received an email from an individual wishing to make the first steps to the world of translation. I always recall my days, when I was sending my CV right and left, up and down to get new clients and advertise my services. And so, I accept such emails with a welcoming smile. This one, though, made my smile fade while reading it and here is why:
Same email sent to me twice in the same month
As soon as I saw the name, I knew I had received an email from this individual before. What annoyed me the most was that in the subject line I could see the RE: (reply), which means that you, the sender, had once written this email and then simply pressed the reply button to send the same email to many potential employers. The first thought that came to my head was if you do not respect me, then I will definitely not respect you! FAIL.
Subject Line: To Whom It May Concern
What do you mean, To Whom It May Concern? OK, I know that sometimes it is difficult to find the right person to send your emailed CV to, but my name is clearly mentioned on my website. So, what is your excuse? To whom it may concern? Well, it does not concern me at all! FAIL.
Grammar & syntax
Dear Sender, Do you really want to become a translator? Seriously? Then, why is your email in English so full of grammar mistakes and syntax errors? Cummon! I can tell you why! Because in this unsteady economic environment, you woke up one day and with a light bulb lit above your head you remembered that once upon a time you had taken lessons in a foreign language and thought that you can become a translator (don’t forget, anyone can be one, after all!) In the email all it is mentioned is that you have taken lessons in the foreign language. Do you actually know how much sweat and sometimes, tears it takes to be a translator? Where is your experience? Where are your academic qualifications? Have you lived in the country where this foreign language you have learned is spoken? FAIL.
You send me an email and you expect me to take you seriously. You mention in your email that you have attached your CV for me to look at. No, you have not! Where is it? Of course, I will not reply to you and ask for it. FAIL.
I know I sound harsh and you probably would take offence, but please consider that you undermine my profession, you undervalue my degrees and experience and you are probably going to be employed on a freelance basis by agencies in India, paying you 0.02-0.03 Euros per word (you are categorized as a bottom-feeder in our world, by the way!) and you throw me off the market ladder that I have so hard tried to climb. Please, consider a different career, PLEASE!