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Dear Project Manager, July 31, 2008

Posted by Jill (@bonnjill) in Business practices, Random musings, Translation Sites.

Your e-mail this morning irritated me on several levels. I took the easy way out and simply told you I couldn’t accept the job and named two reasons (one being that I am busy with work from your German office, which is true). Here are the other reasons…

First of all, you attached a 4 MB file for a job that only contained about 500 words and should “only take 1 hour to review.” Secondly, you sent the e-mail to three separate e-mail addresses, two of which were incorrect and haven’t been used in several years (one for at least seven years now). I received two of the three e-mails – and had to download and manually delete both 4 MB attachments. And lastly (but I’m sure you personally were not aware of it), your agency has not yet paid my last two invoices, despite numerous e-mail reminders on my end and lame apologies on your end for the one that is now 30 days overdue (although I did mention this reason in my response as well). I hope you are able to find someone to accept your job. You certainly can’t count me anymore.


1. Sarah D - July 31, 2008

This is very funny – and so true! I often find it so much easier to just refuse a job on the basis of being fully booked up, rather than go into detail and explain the REAL reasons why I have no intention of working with a particular project manager again… some “client education” NEVER sinks in 🙂

And congrats on Lexiophiles Top 100 Language Blog award – well deserved!

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