"I've been sending out resumes, and taking tests that must end up in cyberspace, even though I pass them, hear nothing. Then I hear from *******, passed the test, no problem. The recruiter calls me, and her dictation is awful, and her command of the English language equally as poor. I thanked her, and said I'd think about it. However, that first impression left me less than luke warm. The recruiter above all people in the company should excel in communication skills, and be an MT. She was friendly and nice, but atriculate, ah no. I say to *******, get a recruiter that has command of the English language, you want your MTs, Editors to have it, why should your recruiter be exempt from that skill set? (your buzz words)"
I must admit that things like this make me wonder about the future of the MT profession. There are so many problems here, I don't know where to begin. First of all, is it really standard practice for MT recruiters to not respond to those who are applying for jobs? Even if the applicant bombed the test, common courtesy would be to at least thank them for the effort, wouldn't you think? Secondly, it would be a shame if this really is an accurate portrayal of the way this particular MT recruiter presents herself. Certainly you want your recruiter, the face of your company to prospective employees, to be professional and well-spoken, and to have a good grasp of the MT industry. Does that mean they MUST be MTs? Not sure about that, what do you think?
But if the (supposed) actions on the part of the MT recruiter are troubling, the individual posting this information has some issues as well. It's a tad ironic for someone so concerned about communication skills to criticize someone for not being "atriculate" and having poor "dictation." And as anyone knows who has participated in online MT forums for any length of time, this scenario is all too common.
I realize this incident is just one little pixel in a very large photo, but am I the only one who occasionally feels "less than luke warm" about the future of our beloved profession?
This blog post has generated a number of comments on Facebook and elsewhere, including some mild and not-so-mild criticism to the effect that I "slammed" the MT who used grammatically incorrect language to criticize the communication skills of a recruiter for a large MTSO. It was not my intention to attack any individual, and I sincerely apologize for coming across that way. I also realize that the headline I chose for my post was rather sensational, and I apologize if anyone was offended in that regard. I do NOT believe the MT profession is doomed, but I freely admit that--as I tried somewhat unsuccessfully to say in my post--there are times when I become frustrated by the roadblocks that we ourselves in the industry throw in our own path sometimes. It's not as if there aren't enough external forces working against us! But again, I do not mean to come across as mean-spirited or to attack any individual or company.
One final note. I think it's important for AHDI members and nonmembers, supporters, critics and disinterested bystanders alike to understand that the organization is not a Borg collective or a bunch of Stepford wives (or husbands, as the case may be). Within our ranks are differing opinions, experiences and points of view. More to the point, the AHDI Lounge is a place where--I hope--honest dialogue and lively discussion can take place, and where a variety of viewpoints can be aired in an environment of respect and civility. The opinions I and others express here are our own, and do not reflect an official AHDI "party line," whatever that might look like. Having said that, my intention is never to offend or treat any individual, company or organization with disrespect, and I certainly apologize if anything I've said comes across that way.
Jay Vance, CMT