;   Medical Translation Insight: Social media as a means of recruiting linguists - ForeignExchange Translations

Part of ForeignExchange's vision talks about "working with the best team." That not only means our internal team but also with our vendors, the publishing specialists, translators and editors whom we subcontract project work. Finding that "best team" isn't easy and we have members of our linguistic services team dedicated to finding the right people.

In this very connected world, recruitment almost always involves the Internet and email. But that can sometimes be like drinking from a fire hose. So our linguist recruiters came up with the idea of using social media as a means to connect with, and learn more about, potential partners. It has worked.

For most professionals, LinkedIn is the place to make business connections, share ideas and learn about opportunities. One member of the ForeignExchange recruitment team started the "Medical Translators and Editors" group on LinkedIn as another possible way to find linguists. She could never have guessed that the group would take on a life of its own as a place not only for recruitment, but for idea sharing. There are currently over 1,700 1,900 members of this LinkedIn group and it is growing.

Our recruitment staff has been able to sit on the sidelines and watch as the members interact, promote themselves and trade ideas. It provides a worthy alternative to more mainstream translation forums like ProZ and Translator's Café and it has been a low key way to find very good, seasoned linguists through a mutually beneficial setting. The LinkedIn group has also unexpectedly opened doors for us to join other Web-base business communities such as the European Medical Community.

Most people know that networking is the best way to make business connections. Social media is an excellent tool for this and particularly LinkedIn, which was created with business connections in mind. The added benefit of pulling together a global group of serious, like-minded professionals for idea sharing has been an a welcome surprise.

Are you a medical translator or editor and a member of LinkedIn? Join the group!

ForeignExchange is growing! If you would like to make a difference in your work, take a look at our career opportunities and send us a note.


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