After years of working with people from across the world I’ve always been impressed with the bond between different nationalities, Language barriers and general view of the whole world working together on a professional or semi-professional manner.
However over the last 12 months it seems to be getting worse with people choosing not to use certain individuals for product or service providers because of potentially some very small gripes or differences in culture/personality.
Today I’m going to list 10 things in which non-native English speakers/writers in my opinion should take note of , not only as a learning curve but to potentially increase their conversion rates for applying for freelance jobs from us from across the pond , Notably the UK and US citizens.
Being from the UK myself some of the things below not only irritate me but will straight away make me not want to choose you for the job, It maybe petty but I know that I’m not the only one that has these views.
1. When applying for a job DO NOT start out by calling us the following , I’ll explain why :
Mate, Friend, Dear, Sir: Why? Because most of the time you use it in the totally wrong context. Mate - I’m not your mate nor does it sound professional, when two people from the UK greet each other with the word “mate” it’s because of a mutual understanding of that greeting or they are in fact friends. Friend – Friend is not something you should start a sentence or email with , it’s not something that anyone from the UK or US would write as a starting point and I can’t see why you think that its good English or polite to do so ? . Dear –Again why would you use this as a starting point “hello dear” , it doesn’t make sense and makes you sound stupid from the first second I open the mail . Sir – Sir is fine in some context and at the start of a professional letter or at first contact this could be acceptable however calling me sir 30 times in one email or Private message will really start to annoy me at some point.
So conclusion! DO NOT under any circumstance use those words EVER! If you do not know the person you are speaking to.
2. Article writers! If you can’t use correct grammar at least, at very least get the dam words to make sense.
Now I’m from the UK , British through and through but admittedly I could have done better at school , my spelling and grammar are quite astonishing at times and id be the first to admit I write terribly BUT that’s why I pay other people to write articles for me on a regular basis , sometimes over a 100 per week. What really irritates me is when someone applies for a job, posts an example which is very well written, the initial Email from this person is also very well written, so you give them a chance and all of a sudden they are a different person almost with not one ounce of knowledge to string a proper sentence together, things like “As I am doing this business from last 3 years and having well experience. I have a squad of 8 writers who can write articles on any topic and all articles coming from their hand are unique, copy scape passed and totally fresh. We can work about your desired subject.”
I mean come on! , If you seriously if you write like this the only people that will hire you are people from your mother country.
3. DO not pretend to be from somewhere you quite clearly are not!
If your profile says you are from the UK or US and you are not, why lie? We will find out the truth and after we do you won’t be used again because of lack of trust, We don’t care where you are from if you do good job , whether you are from the UK or not it really doesn’t matter but being deceived by the person you are paying is not a good start and normally the trust cannot be earned back.
4. Never “Assume”, not at one point should you “assume”!
Unless it’s actually written in front of in an email from your client, don’t assume. Likelihood is that you will be wrong. Very simple instruction is to 100% follow the facts given to you , do not elaborate because “you think” it will be nice , we are not after a gift we want what we ask for .
Apologies for those of you that think this might be slightly wrong, harsh or not what the “majority” believe but this is what a large proportion of clients actually do think when hiring freelancers from different countries. Hopefully these tips will bring you more success and you will see it as a positive outlook rather than seeing it as negative feedback.
More to come when I have time