You’ve all heard about out-of-state agencies hiring up interpreters and putting ASL-specific agencies out of business. I’ve been thinking about this recently, too. As someone who doesn’t run an agency or really work full-time, I haven’t felt this as first-hand as some of you. But the other day I received this unsolicited email asking if I would like to contract for an assignment far out of my driving range. I didn’t respond, and I don’t plan on it. I also don’t have any personal antagonism towards the solicitation or towards the agency. The only point here is to show what these emails look like.
Has anyone else received this kind of solicitation?
I got your name and contact info from RID registry online. We at [interpreting agency] provide on-site and telephonic interpretation and written translation services to our clients nationwide. We hold a few corporate contracts with [general customer] including [specific customer] and we provide ASL Interpreters for their deaf students in several States.
Right now we are looking for additional ASL Interpreters for an ongoing assignment in [Ohio city]. Their deaf student will start attending classes sometime in [month] of this year, the assignments are [x] hrs long, couple times a week, teamed. We were not provided with a complete schedule yet therefore I don’t know at this point if the classes will be in the morning or afternoon.
If you are interested in taking assignments in [Ohio city] – please submit your Resume and rates for consideration at your earliest convenience.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Vendor Coordinator, [Interpreting Agency]