If you would rather communicate smiley faces and the occasional peach emoji, then you might want to apply for your dream job, currently open in London. UK-based Today Translations is looking to hire its first-ever emoji translator.
The firm has a network of over 3,000 linguists for translation projects who work in more than 200 different languages. Now, it's seeking people to help it "meet the transition challenges posed by the world's fastest-growing language."
According to CNET, CEO Jurga Zilinskiene said that the company created the freelance position after a client expressed interest in translating a family diary into emoji. "We started looking into it and decided we had to do much more work to understand the culture of emojis across the globe," said Zilinskiene.
Obviously, there are no native "speakers" of emoji just yet, so the company decided to have an online test to determine candidates' fluency in emoticon-speak. Moreover, the successful candidate will be included in the company's global network of linguists. That person should also be able to demonstrate a passion for emojis, combined with cutting-edge knowledge and awareness of areas of confusion and cultural or international differences. To make the cut, one must undergo a practical test of emoji knowledge or skills.
According to the official site of Today Translations, responsibilities for the said job likely include being a client, stakeholder and internal emoji translation. There's also monthly reporting on emoji trends, developments, usage and areas of confusion and cultural differences. Cross-cultural research on differences in emoji usage or interpretation, and ad hoc consultancy and advice are also needed.
There are also following skills and qualifications that are desirable but not essential such as Bachelors Degree in Translation or 3+ years' experience of the language industry or Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences, with Linguistics, Social Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology or Communication. Applicants must also have excellent communication, relationship-building and organizational skills, commitment to delivering excellence, self-managing with an ability to prioritize a fast-paced workload, and innovation, flexibility with ability to work well with others.