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Betcha most do (or at least get permission to), and applicants don't

Posted By: read the fine print. nm on 2008-08-04
In Reply to: Spheris does not. I would imagine, most don't. - cc


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with your permission....
i would like to copy and paste your letter and send it to my congresspeople

I think this trend is despicable my heart goes out to you all and I think we're all not far behind - MQer
Do you ask your employer's permission to do everything
in your life?

I don't. I did what was best for me.

They purchase my skills and expertise from me while I am on the clock for them. I don't share their secrets with the enemy nor vice versa. I have maintained my quality and production the entire time I've worked for them.

I don't ask for permission before I go do what I need to for my household.

You're right. MQ doesn't seem to have a problem with it. Spheris would not feel the same way, probably.
Permission to test
means only that the company is willing to test you. Again, a good test of the value of any school is to call MQ, Spheris, Amphion, MDI, DRC, or any other respected company and ask them if they will test you. If you are from a matchbook school, they likely will not. Testing costs a lot of money, training costs a lot of money, and with the glut of MTs in the marketplace, the companies can pretty much have their pick of the cream these days. Sad but true. I did not set it up this way. I am only the messenger who deals with recruiting issues on a daily basis.
No permission needed.
That's what I like.  I'm flexible.
Without your permission it is not legal.
Why would you not be able to? I use one but didn't ask permission.
Would need permission from the OP before giving

I would not feel comfortable posting that information on the Board without the Original Posterís permission, since it contains personal names and addresses.  TransTech is probably reading every one of these posts right now and you could be management for all I know.  LOL.  Suffice it to say that this is public information and can be researched if you know where the headquarters of TT is and how to access court filings in that county.  

If told to do it but not claim it, that is PERMISSION, nm
They want permission to do background checks.....
I think all the nationals ask permission; I've been
Sounds fantastic. I hope you are given permission (sm)
to post the name. I will apply there asap:)
Betcha tried though
You betcha
they have no legal recourse here. But that tells me all I know about that company--I would never, EVER apply to them and I bet most other folks with good sense would feel the same.
I betcha
the company gets paid for the template though. 
betcha i know who it is!!
I finally did move on, sounds the lady I worked for previously. I feel for you!!
You betcha
I betcha the IRS would investigate
in a heartbeat if someone involved would rat them out.
You betcha it's a scam
and many hospital administrators, HR directors, and heads of large nationals and smaller services know it. Their credential has about as much validity than something that you get out of a Cracker Jack box. Maybe if its officers had been thinking more about working class MTs and less about their own executive (I use the word advisedly here) positions, it would be different, but the AAMT veered off course waaaay back when it was still the AAMT and most people now recognize it for what it is.....or isn't.
You betcha I have job-seeking lately
I just started my second job (one for the insurance, the other for the high cpl it pays) and started my new second job three months ago. And no, I do not get paid like a newbie.
You betcha I care if they have
an association with MQ and India. AMERICAN JOBS FOR AMERICAN WORKERS! Keep the work at home.
I will just betcha that 401k
matching is only for FT employees and from other posts it seems that it can be really hard to make the requisite $900 per pay period, through no fault of your own.  This is a classic carrot/stick management technique.  Offer 401k matching, insurance, vacation time, pie in the sky, and then make sure nobody ever qualifies for it by manipulating the work pools.  Then warn, then demote to PT. 
I betcha they'd be tickled to death to get you.
Experience counts for a lot these days. 
You betcha some are makin the $4 and some aren't.
You betcha I have heard of TransAm
It is known as TranSCAM in the industry. I am an old MT from the sixties (will retire in two more years, yay!) and I have comforted more weeping women who have lot money to this scam. If you believe TranSCAM has anything to offer, there is a nice bridge up north of here in San Francisco that I will sell you for fifty bucks. Seriously, my friend, you need a good, decent education. Even with that, I would advise anyone to consider another career. I was lucky to be an MT in its golden age. I now make 50% less than I did in the 90s and I am quite good at what I do. I predict that within five years, the MT industry as we know it will be dead--or all offshored. Good luck to you. If you are determined to become an MT, you need a decent school. I recommend either Andrews or M-TEC. Whatever you do, please, please, please, avoid TranSCAM. These people are parasites.
100 applicants
Curious...Do you know if those positions have been filled? I tested too.
100 applicants
Curious...Do you know if those positions have been filled? I tested too.

I'm one of those applicants!
I'm one of the acute care applicants, we just got a mass email listing the days and times they want us to work (but they are flexible if something happens) and that they filled their radiology but will probably hire again in summer.

I'm glad to see this post...I know there are different opinions about companies so it is good to see some real opinions based on fact. I think if someone was bashing my company and possibly stating false accusations I'd threaten lawyers too!

Anyway, If anyone has tips for the testing and such let me know! :)
Unfortunately, they will get applicants,
There are 2 companies that I know of that pay less than this. They pay their ICs 4 cpl and 1.25-2 cpl for editing, yet they get tons of applicants from new grads hoping to get experience. I see new MTs on the Career Step forum all the time excited that they got their first job with these companies. To them, 5 cpl is a raise! It really is said how fast the rates are dropping. When I graduated, the norm was 7-8 cpl and my lowest offer was 6.5 cpl for employee status. That was only 3 years ago!
You betcha - worst schedule on earth it seems.
I've been working weekends for 10 years and seven days a week for 3 years. I'm about ready just to tell the office I'm not doing it anymore - I did my time. If they want to fire me, fine. It's totally ridiculous to be horsewhipped this way. No other profession on earth is forced to work 24/7 the way we are with no days off, no vacation time, nothing ever! - even doctors and nurses get SOME time off, or rotate weekends so they can have some kind of a life. Sheez, even indentured servants and house help in Medieval Europe got one day off every two weeks! SOMETHING to look forward to - some kind of a rest!

So yeah, your message really hit a nerve today:) Believe me, you are not alone. When the heck are we going to organize and stop letting ourselves be bullied by these slavedrivers?
that is either the mtso rate or no middle man at all, betcha-nm
Betcha they're located offshore!
Yes and no. It depends on how well the other applicants did.
I've left blanks and been hired, but I've also left blanks and never heard from the company again. It doesn't necessarily exclude you unless someone aced the transcription test, which I've done that before, too.
Well, maybe they don't want US applicants to send pic?
Thanks for clarifying. I looked and to be honest, thought you had put the synthescribeofamerica.com link. i'm just crazy, lol.

Thanks again.
Any applicants who interviewed..
for DeVenture's radiology account starting next month heard anything back yet?  I had my interview almost 2 weeks ago and I can't wait no longer. 
Iridium job applicants
Has anyone who applied for the oncology job at Iridium heard back from them?  I applied but haven't heard back and was wondering if anyone else has...maybe they're inundated with applicants.
Maybe potential applicants
will respond to the ad by pointing out the apparent history of nonpayment. We can deal with difficult aspects our jobs; we CANNOT tolerate working without timely pay.

I agree with the other poster- if there is even ONE legitimate IC/employee posting about nonpayment, an MTSO shouldn't be allowed to post job openings (until issue resolved).

I betcha it IS HIPAA regs that rule out wireless
Doctors etc. cannot use cell phones to dictate their reports, right? If this is true, I bet the use of wireless to deliver their dictations to at-home transcriptionists is considered potentially not secure. Well, two modems it is for me and I am really glad I asked this question. Thank you all for your feedback.
Are all the bad applicants necessarily newbies?????


You should be grateful for, and consider, any applicants you get, cutesy or not. Do you really sm
think you are going to get professional experience MTs applying in this day and age?  LOL.  I think not.  But still, you need to publish the name of the company and provide a website, if you expect any qualified applicants.
TransTech has been flooded with applicants
They are so personable and devote as much time as necessary to each person and talk to you like you are an important person with a real life. I have never been happier in my life at a job whether sitting in an office somewhere or working remotely from home. My last job consisted of the holier-than-thou attitudes and treating me like I was about 2 years old, constantly being admonished for stupid crap. Debbie Hood and everyone else at TranTech are great. :)
LOL, it DID look kinda like something Focus would do to get applicants....
We all need an occasional giggle...Thinking Focus posted that to attract applicants was pretty entertaining :-)
Can you imagine the 100s of applicants
I could not even imagine working in HR for TT right now! I would not apply there now, it would be impossible to try to stand out among all the applicants. Its crazy!!!!!
sick person going through applicants.
I haven't heard back yet either. I hope that because the person has been sick that it doesn't mean she will be rushed and use arbitrary criteria to reject people without reviewing all the tests. This happens a lot, I did that job off and on for many years and when busy, they tell you to thin the herd quickly meaning the tests/transcriptions are not thoroughly reviewed.
I have very few applicants who can even do easy clinic notes,
Hiring is can be a total nightmare.
Most applicants GROSSLY overestimate their abilities -
The worst was a former nurse of 20 or so years. She could not do the easiest clinic notes with no ESL doctors. Some days I would swear she was writing a fiction book because her transcription was THAT far off from what was dictated. She had very poor English skills and, if you can believe this one, seemingly little actual understanding of medicine or disease processes. She also claimed to have graduated from one of the top 3 schools, which we did verify. She was astounded when we let her go. I bet she found her way to some other service and is drifting around! Acute care? I would not have let her feed my fish, let alone be responsible for what can be the complex care of an acute patient!
No but it is my job to weed out applicants based on their resumes. sm
I cannot speak for Keystrokes, but I doubt any company would hire you with typos. This is in any industry, but especially in transcription. This is one of the first things you are told when you are looking for a job. I learned that back in college, and I was an engineering major, not anything to do with transcription.

I work for a company that is much larger than Keystrokes, and if they get half the garbage we get in resumes, they are definitely frustrated. I know I am!
I am grateful - for professional, mature, experienced applicants.
I'm not responsible for the voice recognition craze. Go blow somewhere else about that!

Doesn't matter whether you like it or not, the MT has to get past ME in order to get the job!

If you were one of the recent applicants for Advanced Transcription in Oregon ...SM
Are any of you still hearing back or is the hiring over, I wonder? I sent my application in but pretty late by the time I saw the message.

If any of you have started already, how do you like it? Are they really that flexible that you just log on and work when you want as long as you meet a minimum number of lines a week? How does the QA work...what if you have blanks?

I guess any info would be appreciated, even though I'm probably not going to get in on it this time around, it seems.

I am a recruiter and sick and tired of the stipulations put on us by applicants. sm
You want the job, why should we bend over backwards, arrange our schedules, etc. What happened to actually working to get a job. Instead, it seems like everyone wants it handed to them on a silver platter.

I work Monday through Friday, 9a.m. to 5p.m. If that does not work for someone, they need to make arrangements to make it work. If you were in another industry and were interviewing, they would not stay late, work weekends, etc to accommodate you. Grow up and treat this as a career - you may be pleasantly surprised!
The recruiters (pleural) test and fill applicants based on (sm)
what accounts have needs and whether your skills and shifts requested fit those account needs.

Also, perhaps another recruiter filled the position they originally thought was open.

I do know there are some new accounts coming on soon and I hope many of the more qualified applicants are tested and ready to jump on board with us when they do.

It is a good place to work and worth waiting for an appropriate opening.

Also, call the recruiter and ask more questions if you want. They certainly won't bite.