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Official [Translations Team] Application Guide

Discussion in 'Server Discussion' started by Tobias, Apr 20, 2020.

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    Hello there, and thank you for your interest in the Translations Team!

    This document will explain to you how to write a high quality application to be considered by the managers of TT.

    Despite the application form itself not being as detailed and elaborate as, say, the Trainee application, we still value a planned-out and well-written app from you - otherwise, how are we to separate your app from one written by a babbling, bumbling band of baboons?

    The different sections in the application all contribute to our overall image of you and your abilities. We (and you!) are here to ensure that you present yourself in the best way possible. Shall we get started?


    How did you learn the language you are applying for?
    Even if the language you are applying for is your mother tongue, please elaborate on how you have learned it and how you challenge yourself with it on a daily basis. Simply putting “It is my native language” does not say much about your experience with the language. Everyone has a story, this is where you tell yours.

    Do you have any previous experience related to the position you are applying for?
    Regardless of the position you are applying for, this is the section in which you can shine through and make yourself stand out from other applicants. Even if you have not worked specifically as a translator, you probably had to translate segments of a conversation or a text piece to someone at some point in your life. Being able to interpret and translate information in a way that makes it sound like it is actually coming from the target language is incredibly challenging and does not come easily to anyone. It is a skill that we develop as we go. Even the smallest experience can really help you here!

    In case you are applying for scout, you can describe a scenario in which you had to be on the lookout for mistakes (Disclaimer: Proofreading someone’s English essay does not count towards this!) or errors in supposedly user-friendly environments. If you do not have any of the above, you could potentially argue why you are the one with the keen eye. What do you do in your everyday life that applies to this?

    In essence, writing “N/A” or “None” is simply too easy. Surely, you should not try to ʺmake upʺ an experience that seems beneficial for this section - we will figure out sooner or later that you lied to us. Additionally, you should not include an experience that does not apply well to this position. Noting down experiences will only stand out as unnecessary filler which takes aways the spotlight of your other qualities!

    Why are you interested in joining the Translations Team?
    This is the section in which you convince us that you have an inner desire to get a spot on the team. Whether it is because you want to help out in the community, you have a personal goal or something completely different, it does not matter to us. However, what is is important is that, whatever you want to pursue on the team, it must matter to you. Way too often have we accepted members who made a so-so effort here, and, it should be of no surprise, they ended up resigning shortly after.

    With this taken into consideration, you should select one or two things that boost your interest in the team and elaborate on those points as much as you can. Detail is great however, too much unnecessary detail makes it difficult to decipher what you are really here for. It is a fine balance, and it is difficult to achieve. Management is always here to provide you feedback on this should your application not make it the first time around, so do not fret.

    As a last comment in this section, we want to emphasize that you should not be interested in the team for the tag, nor should you wish to join the team because you want to be an e-celebrity. We acknowledge that our TT tag is incredibly beautiful, but Britney Spears will not come running to you if you get accepted. Being on the team might slightly increase your chances of getting a Mineplex E-Prom date, but do not get your hopes up. Please let this settle in before you continue.

    What can you bring to the team?
    This section has not always been a part of the application, but it was added as a means to get to know our applicants a bit better in terms of their personal attributes. Here, you should add what characterizes you as a person and how you would be able to benefit the team. Describing your personality, work ethic, team spirit and other capabilities (as well as why they are important to you) is paramount here. Take into account that we do not know who you are and use that to your advantage to blow us out of our chairs!

    Our team is filled with people from all over the globe and everyone has a different personality. We all share a strong connection and it is very dear to us. Show us how you fit within the team and use it as an argument for why we should choose you.

    Anything else you would like to add?
    If there is anything that you did not manage to touch upon in the aforementioned sections, this is the place to spend the rest of your energy. Surprise us!

    This should cover everything regarding the different sections of the application for TT. Should you have any further inquiries about the application, you are more than welcome to message one of the managers found at the bottom of this thread.

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    Posted Apr 20, 2020,
    Last edited Apr 20, 2020
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