Along with our partners at CCCS and UMass CHAN Medical School, Found in Translation held our third Interpreter Job Fair on November 17th, and our second to take place entirely online.
Hosted on the Found in Translation website, this free event was open to interpreters in Boston…and around the world! To match the broader scope of the event, this year’s fair included 24 different organizations ranging from local agencies with in-person interpreting assignments, to large international remote interpreting companies. This year we also invited organizations that offer interpreter training programs to attend. See below for our full list of participating organizations.
Once open, the free online registration once again surpassed 500, indicating a strong continued interest in language professionals for opportunities like this to connect with potential employers.
Much like last year, the event hosts designed a landing page on Found in Translation’s website, which served as the event “lobby.” On this page, all participating agencies (and their relevant hiring information) were listed in alphabetical order. Each agency hosted their own video conferencing room (most used Zoom), which was linked on the homepage for easy access. Attendees were able to “visit” any agency by clicking these links, then return to the homepage to enter another room.
Special thanks to the event committee Gaye Gentes (CCCS and Found in Translation board member), Lisa Morris (UMass Chan Medical School) and Karen Walker (Found in Translation staff) for hosting a special “help desk” virtual room and helping attendees find their way around the event.
For two hours, at least 298 attendees logged on from 34 different countries and 37 different states. The event was especially well-attended by Found in Translation graduates from all classes. On average, each participating agency was visited by 42 attendees over the course of the evening.
Post-event surveys reveal that the event was a smashing success, and indicated strong interest in participating in another event in the future. Here are some of the comments we received from attendees and vendors:
The coordination was wonderful overall. For example, getting access to each vendor’s booth without any assistance, with a simple click you’re connecting to your choice.Attendee
We loved getting to know people from all around the U.S and outside the U.S it was such a unique experience.Agency Representative
I liked the small group and individual opportunities to talk to vendors in real time face-to-face, and not having to “wait in line” for an available recruiter. The detailed company descriptions in the spreadsheet were really helpful in determining who I wanted to speak to.Attendee
Thank you for this wonderful event that supports interpreters seeking work, benefits the community and connects vendors with qualified pool of candidates.Agency Representative
Please reach out to Karen Walker at [email protected] if you are interested in participating in our 2023 event.