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Freelance Dutch Interpreter

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Location: Toronto
Company: CanTalk Canada

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Freelance Dutch Interpreter
This is an entry-level position, which requires excellent comprehension and speaking skills in Dutch and English. Preferred but not compulsory, 2-4 years of experience.

The Telephone Interpreter is responsible for handling calls on demand, understanding and rendering the meaning of conversations between speakers of Dutch and English. The Interpreter needs to be able to process information quickly and concisely, recognize sensitive cultural differences, and be professional and courteous at all times. The calls may involve simple or complex, non-technical, or technical subjects in the following fields: Healthcare, Government, Insurance, Law Enforcement, General Business, and more.

We are seeking interpreters/speakers who speak all of the following languages:
  • Dutch
  • English
Fluency in both languages is required.
Responsibilities and Duties:
Location of work:
  • Work away from the office.
  • Telephone Interpreter works from his/her home, own office, or more.
  • It is essential to ensure a quiet & secure environment.
  • Note pads and writing utensils, glossaries, and dictionaries are useful tools.

Major Responsibilities and Principal Accountabilities:
  • Renders correct concepts and meanings between Dutch and English following complexity, clarity, and style from one language into another, upholding the correct rules for grammar and syntax in both languages.
  • Good customer service, communication skills, clear enunciation, pronunciation, pleasant and professional voice as well as polite forms of expression.
  • Understands protocol and terminology in the following industry such as Medical, Insurance, Finance, and Law.
  • Is able to remain calm during stress-related calls and remain consistently professional when interpreting client calls, which includes 911 emergency calls.
  • Required Experience, Skills, and Qualifications.

Qualifications:
  • Native Fluency in Dutch and English.
  • Advanced skills in the cultural dynamics (cultural implication and idiomatic expression) of both other languages (s) and English.
  • Excellent listening, retention, and note-taking skills to maintain a high level of accuracy.
  • Knowledge of industry-specific terminology; ongoing study of glossaries and training materials, including scripts provided by our clients.
  • Ability to concentrate, stay detached from the conversation, and remain neutral and objective at all times.
  • Ability to follow the client's instructions closely.
  • Education in languages/interpretation or related fields is preferred, but not required.

CanTalk offers:
  • Competitive rates.
  • Huge flexibility with no schedule requirement.
  • Ongoing training and competency opportunities.
  • Being part of the elite interpreter database from a Canadian company.
  • Opportunity to assist newcomers and non-English speakers communicate in their native languages, in a variety of fields.
  • Opportunity to break language barriers in a diverse community and help your own fellow countrymen communicate with English-speaking businesses.
  • Opportunity to participate and experience telephone interpretation.

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