Job offers from hell I (aka: che dio ce la mandi alta, mora e bella*)

I felt the urge to share a job offer my friend and colleague Nicoletta posted on her Facebook wall and which presumably she read somewhere or got offered herself (poor thing!) by an Italian company seeking a linguist for a trade show:

Requisiti linguistici richiesti: ottima conoscenza di tre delle seguenti quattro lingue: Inglese, Francese, Russo, Tedesca. Non cerchiamo un interprete di trattativa, ma la hostess deve essere in grado di comprendere un discorso e tradurlo per sommi capi. Forti doti relazionali, di persuasione, capacità di risolvere i problemi e gestirsi da sole, rapidità e capacità di afferrare al volo le esigenze dei clienti. Compenso netto di 70 euro al giorno.

I’d assume not all of you would read Italian but to sum it up I’ll provide the translation. It says something in these lines:

Language requirements: excellent command of English, French, Russian and German. No liaison interpreters. Hostess must be able to understand the conversation and convey the general points. Excellent communication, persuasion, problem-solving skills. Practical, quick and smart girls only. Net fee per day: €70.

I am being told the post also include the preferred height and a size 10. Some sort of Monica Bellucci, maybe? O_o

Monica

My other very good friend and colleague, Elisa, suggested we adapted this great text by @GermanENTrans (Translation Tribulations blog, aka Kevin Lossner) and send it to the client. Bring it on!

I could leave my comment but to be totally frank with you, I’m gobsmacked.

Love,

Val

[*Translator’s note re title: the Italian translates into: May god send us a beautiful, tall, brunette]

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Going to Bath, ITI event – 19th March 2010

Hello folks!

Seems like a game… one single post each month!

Didn’t do this on purpose, unfortunately – or thankfully? – Rainy London is a small but thriving activity and time is indeed money!

Today’s interesting news is that tomorrow – or should I say in a few hours? – I will be in Bath to attend this event

http://www.iti.org.uk/ice/pages/viewDetails.asp?id=1072

Meeting anybody there?

Time for a good sleep before the event….Till next time!

 

Valeria

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