During my seven years of experience as a freelance translator, I have collaborated with countless agencies around the world, I have e-met fantastic people and project managers in all corners and together we have completed many Greek projects. Some of them come directly to me, without going through the group-emailing procedure. Some tend to send out group emails to reach more translators at once. What are the most common excuses translation agencies have used when they did not want to assign their project to me?
5. “The Project has been already assigned”
Well, it may not seem as an excuse at first, however, it does not really inspire much confidence when you have replied to the email within seconds! Replying to group emails is an action similar to fishing: the first translator that replies gets the job. Is it always the case though?
4. “The Client has put the project on hold for now”
So, you are actually telling me that large corporations that need to have each and every step they make approved by lots of people before they proceed, have gone through all the procedures needed and sent you an email to confirm the project, only to cancel within minutes after you have asked for translators’ availability? Really now, are you trying to convince me that this is the case?
3. “ The Client decided not to go ahead”
Surely, it could also be that they could not afford the cost after the agency’s commission is applied, eh? No! See comments above.
2. “The Client has not responded to us yet”
Again, it may not be an entire excuse. It could be that a client has asked numerous agencies to quote for their translation project and in the end, it could be that some other agency landed the job.
And by “…” I mean total silence, no excuse needed! The client never replies to your email, they choose to hide behind the shield of it and that is the end of it! Good-bye project, farewell!
After working for so long in the translation industry, such excuses are common to my ears. In the beginning of my career, I have to admit, that I believed the PMs and sometimes even felt bad when I did not reply to a group email the second I received it. Now, after so many years, I have actually stopped replying to them and they go straight to my Deleted messages’ folder.
What other excuses have you come across during your career? Do share those gems with us![:]