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How Language Can Help Boost Election Campaign Success

How Language Can Help Boost Election Campaign Success

Colleen Dempsey, Business Development Specialist

In a time when every vote counts for so much, are you doing enough to be inclusive to those who don’t call English their first language? With more than 20% of U.S. residents speaking a language other than English at home, it’s important to make election campaign information understandable and accessible in multiple languages. And it’s not enough to do word-for-word translation, working with a language service provider with expert native speakers on staff is key to translating ideas and oftentimes overly complex voting registration and voting guidelines to follow at polling stations.  

At a minimum, consider detailed translations for the following: Make campaign finance forms and information available in multiple languages so government entities can accurately track support Provide bilingual signage at voting precincts in voting districts, including wayfinding signage so voters know where to go Take the time to translate website pages for candidates campaigning in areas where they will represent constituents who are not native English speakers And having over the phone interpretation (OPI) available at campaign offices for people who don’t speak English who may call for more background about a candidate and the platform they’re running on is essential so that they get the information they need to make informed voting decisions. All citizens (English and non-English speakers) deserve to have information that is accessible and understandable when it comes to electing representatives for their communities and the best way to ensure this is by translating campaign information into multiple languages. We encourage everyone to get out there and vote on November 6. Your voice, in whatever language you speak, needs to be heard and voting is the best way to send a clear message that you can be assured won’t be lost in translation.

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Hiring a Great Team @ LinguaLinx is Like Immersion in a New Language

Hiring a Great Team @ LinguaLinx is Like Immersion in a New Language

Jim Maziejka, Director of Sales

We pride ourselves on finding the best fit to add to our growing team. It occurs to us that our hiring process is a lot like what you need to do to immerse yourself in a new language. So as we gear up for back to business, here’s how to immerse yourself in LinguaLinx to give you the best chance at joining our team.

1. Connect with a LinguaLinx native speaker. Hands down, the best way to learn about the opportunity and how you can contribute to our clients’ success is to speak with multiple members of our team. First, we do a phone screening where we briefly discuss your background and interest level and ensure this is potentially a good match. Next, we have you do an in-person interview with your hiring manager and then we have you interview with the team you’d work with on a daily basis. See our full process here.  2. Study what we do and how we do it. Thoroughly read our website content, including client case studies to get a sense of what we do for clients and a better understanding of how your background and experience can contribute to helping us succeed and delight our clients. Check out our blog. Scroll through our social media feeds. Read news stories about us. Tour our office. 3. Carry a dictionary at all times. We can’t stress enough how important attention to detail is to us and what we deliver to our clients. If we’re seeing typos and spelling errors in your emails or resume (CV), that is a giant red flag for us. Spell check takes no time at all and reading through what you’ve written to ensure it makes sense, flows well and isn’t missing words will help you stand out in a good way. 4. Watch, listen, read and write to show us you can speak our language. Commit to and finish the interview process. We know it can take time. We want to get this right and we know you want to make sure we’re the best fit for you. These things can take time, but are typically worth the wait. So hang in there with us and while you’re patiently waiting to hear, continue to become an expert in what your new role will be. And please follow up. If we’ve asked you for more credentials or written recommendations or samples of your work quickly provide it because if you don’t how can we trust you to complete your assigned tasks? 5. When you’re in LinguaLinx country (our offices!) come prepared and dress appropriately. This may sound interview 101, but you’d be surprised at how many potential candidates get tripped up at this step. You can view pictures of our team right on our website. You’ll see how we dress so take the dressiest example and emulate it when it’s time to visit because you only have one chance to make a great first impression. And be prepared to ask us lots of questions. We’ll be asking you many throughout your visit. This is your opportunity to dig deep into the culture, vibe, work we do and all things LinguaLinx so don’t be shy! Bookmark our careers page and when we have opportunities for you to join our team we hope you’ll consider learning LinguaLinx and immersing yourself in what we do. 

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LinguaLinx @SHRM Chicago

06.29.2018

LinguaLinx @SHRM Chicago

Kristen Bradley

Chicago played host city to this year’s SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) conference—the largest HR conference in the U.S. with people from companies all across the globe attending. And the LinguaLinx team was there reppin’—Charlotte, our Director of Administration myself attended multiple seminars with the intention of bringing back all the good information we learned, to share with the entire LinguaLinx team.

With topics like: “How to Handle Stress at Work,” “Workplace Flexibility” and “Managing Time” there was no shortage of takeaways to bring back to Troy with us. We even had a chance to see some famous sites! Looking forward to attending the 2019 SHRM conference in Las Vegas, June 23-26. We hope to see you there!

Welcome James Hurley, Business Development Specialist!

04.05.2018

Welcome James Hurley, Business Development Specialist!

by LinguaLinx

Here at LinguaLinx, words and languages aren’t just our business, they’re our passion too. Being successful means having an awesome team of people behind our work. That team just got a little bigger. Please, join us in welcoming the newest member of our Sales team – James Hurley. James joined our team in March of 2018. We took a minute to sit down with James to get to know him a little better.

Welcome! Let’s start with “Why LinguaLinx?” I was looking for an opportunity to continue my sales career in a new field and LinguaLinx was the perfect fit. Once I saw first-hand the company culture and team dynamic, I knew it was the right place for me.   What excites you most about working in sales? The relationships – Sales not only provides you with the opportunity to interact with new people each day, it is also very rewarding to know you’ve been influential in helping your client grow their business.   Before you started here at LinguaLinx, what were your thoughts and perceptions of the language translation industry? Before Lingualinx I had a very elementary view of the industry. It is easy to overlook the time and coordination that goes in to translating a simple document. LinguaLinx has opened my eyes to the many translation services that help businesses reach new regions and cultures each day.   What do you like most about Upstate New York? The location – Upstate New York has some of the most beautiful Lakes and Mountains in the country and being only a short drive from NYC gives you the best of both worlds.   Are you bilingual? No.   If you could learn any other language, which would you learn and why? Spanish. I believe it would be the most beneficial and rewarding as Spanish becomes more prevalent each day in the U.S.   What do you enjoy doing outside of work? When not working I enjoy any chance to get outdoors. You’ll most likely find me on the golf course, in the garage or spending time with friends and family.   Where is your favorite place you’ve visited and why? I really enjoyed the Dominican Republic. I have traveled their twice and nothing beats the beautiful beaches and culture!   Tell us one random fact about you. I am a big classic car enthusiast. I recently restored a 1953 Ford F-100 pickup truck with my father and brother.

Happy Chinese New Year 2018!

02.12.2018

Happy Chinese New Year 2018!

Caitlin Nicholson

Chinese New Year (also known as Spring Festival) is celebrated on a different date each year. This year, Chinese New Year 2018 will take place on February 16th. The holiday moves around each year because it is based on the lunar calendar. This means that Chinese New Year can fall on any date between January 21st and February 20th.

Each year is named for one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. Each animal is an important part of ancient Chinese daily lives or has a special lucky meaning. February 16th will usher in the Year of the Dog. If you are born in the Year of the Dog, you have certain personality traits. Those born in the Year of the Dog have a strong sense of loyalty and will do anything for important people in their lives. They tend to be best suited for careers that serve others. Chinese New Year is a public holiday in several countries with large Chinese populations – Brunei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Mainland China, Philippines, Taiwan, and Singapore. During this holiday, business slows or halts. This includes factory production and stock market trading. Travel spikes as people travel back to their hometowns. Keep this in mind when doing business with China, as business might be delayed. The color red is an important color for Chinese New Year. It symbolizes fire, which is believed to prevent bad luck. Children are given money in red envelopes. People wear red clothes. Firecrackers are an important part of Chinese New Year celebrations. As previously mentioned, fire is believed to prevent bad luck. In Chinese culture, firecrackers were used to scare away evil spirits. Fireworks kickoff Chinese New Year at midnight. Fun fact – China produces about 90% of the world’s fireworks. A lot of people get new haircuts and buy and wear new clothes. This is to symbolize a fresh start. People do not talk about the past during Chinese New Year, as this holiday is about the future. Happy Chinese New Year 2018!

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Welcome Herick Andrade, Project Manager!

Welcome Herick Andrade, Project Manager!

Caitlin Nicholson

At LinguaLinx, words and languages are our business and our passion. Our success depends having a team of great people behind our work! We’d like to show you a little bit of who we are. With that, join us in welcoming Herick Andrade to the team as our newest Project Manager! Herick joined our team in June 2017. He brings years of project management experience with language services providers. We sat down with Herick during his first few weeks on the job to talk with him about his new role and what he is most looking forward to!

Welcome to our team! Let’s start with: “Why LinguaLinx?” The reason I joined the team is the company’s culture itself; everyone seems to be really comfortable and happy working here (according to some research I had done). In addition, LinguaLinx offers the flexibility I was looking for in a company.  Now I’m really happy to be part of this family, and I am sure I made the right choice. Which skills from your previous project management roles will help you out with this new role? My transcreation/transcreation account management skills from my previous company, along with my background in translation/interpreting for Brazilian Portuguese. What excites you most about coming to work here? Being part of a team where everyone helps and treats one another as equals. In addition, avoiding the intense NYC commute by working from my home! Where did you attend school and what was your major? I studied Translation and Interpreting back in São Paulo, Brazil where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree. In addition, I took an extension course in Translation Project Management from New York University (NYU). You’ll be based in New York City. What brought you to that area? New York City reminds me a lot of my hometown where you always have something to do and many places to yet visit. NYC allows me to meet new, interesting friends all the time, and it’s always mutually exciting to hear their stories on how they ended up moving to NYC. I moved to the city because, at first, it was my dream to visit it, then once I was here I asked myself, “Why leave?” What do you like most about living in NYC? The infinite variety of food you can find every corner you cross, art which is everywhere, and the diversity of the city itself. Do you speak multiple languages? If yes, which ones? Brazilian Portuguese, English and very basic Latin America Spanish. Would you like to learn others? If yes, which ones and why? Yes – after improving my Spanish – German and French. What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Going to the beach, movies, theater, and gym. Also cooking and any outdoor activities. Tell us one random fact about you.  I am a morning person.