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No but it is my job to weed out applicants based on their resumes. sm

Posted By: Recruiter (not KS) on 2007-09-20
In Reply to: Just asking - LOL - Was it your job to find misspellings?

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!

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Oh please, if you weed through the BS resumes
potential candidate! I was a recruiter for about 4 years and you should be able to read a resume in about 30 seconds before you want to consider that candidate.
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.
Companies use them to weed out fakes. I'm not sure helpful
Same ole story - overhire then weed out. Best move...sm
on before this gets to be a pattern. Might be a good company in some minds, but when it's not paying your bills how great is it, really?
They weed out, if you don't have work you can't make production. (sm)
Or are you talking about weeding out quality wise?
Haven't noticed any relation. Try and make contacts from previous posts to help weed out the
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!
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).

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. :)
Betcha most do (or at least get permission to), and applicants don't
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!
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!
Get those resumes out.

Do not permit a company to abuse you.  You're worth way more than that.  I don't care what the excuse is, but the first sign of late pay is the first sign to find a new job.  I have no tolerance for this kind of crookery, none at all.  Best wishes...

There are tons of jobs out there for the taking.  What is a good fit for one may not be for another, and I wish you the best of luck.  I feel the larger the company the better off you are as far as timely pay, not to say that a smaller company isn't a good payer, but it seems the larger ones have more of a handle on it. 

Never sign a contrast as an IC that says they'll pay you when they get paid.  That's not how to do good business. 

Resumes....i am so done......sm

I have been doing MT for 13 years.  I have sent out resumes to about 10 different places.  NOT ONE ACKNOWLEDGMENT, not one reply to my emails asking whether or not the positions have been filled. 

To all MTSOs who read this board...Why not just answer/reply/respond to our emails?  That is so unprofessional and this just kills any respect I ever had for any MTSO at this point.

Collecting resumes?
I don't understand why they didn't at least call you. Did you have hospital and clinic experience? Sounds like you must have as you also edited, taught, and managed. What reasons do you think they would have transcription positions for close to 5 years? Do you think high turnover or collecting resumes?
Resumes, followup, etc.
The posts keep getting removed because of names being used, even though just informational, so PLEASE email the above email.  Maybe your resume was not received.  Our recruiter is on top of calls and emails (been with us since August and has turned that around since taking it over) and if she did not respond, she did not get it or followed up and you did not get it.  If you were referred by someone please say so and please also say that you had sent it in previously.  I will make sure that she gets it.  However, I know that she does not respond to resumes without the experience necessary, offshore or students, as it says in the ads.  She gets several hundred resumes a week and although we are growing, we are very particular about who is being hired, so she automatically does not consider those who do not meet the requirements and resumes/cover letters with typographical errors.  Not trying to be rude, just stating facts.  If you meet the requirements and did not get a response, send me an email.
I don't keep resumes on file, so...
I often get people who send their resume in multiple times in response to different job postings. That being said, if the applicant doesn't have the qualifications listed in the ad, their resume goes straight to the recycle bin without a response.
Resumes and applications

I handle resumes and applications (via email) for a national company.  I would like to give some resume and application tips as I am amazed every single day at what gets sent to me with the expectation that the applicant be considered for a professional, paying position. 

Please consider the following:

-- Please do yourself a huge professional favor:  Make sure your email address is professional.  It is far better to have an email address janedoe334@hotmxxxx than to have funkydoglover6@xxxx or thejoneses@xxx.  Your first and last name (even if it has to be followed by numerics) would be best and if you need numerics why not add your zip code?  Please.  You will sound responsible, mature, and serious about your professional identity.

-- Please make sure your resume is an attachment.  It is best not to embed a resume unless the application or employer specifically asks you to.  Most embedded resumes sent in emails come with all the code and I simply will not wade through it all to see if there is something there to consider. 

-- When you write your resume, make sure your contact information is at the top, including an address, your phone number(s) and email address.  (I suggest you print off your resume and have someone else proof it for errors, inconsistencies, formatting issues, etc.)

-- Name your resume appropriately.  Please don't attach it simply called Resume.  It would be best to name it with your first and last name and the word Resume in caes it gets separated from your email or, better yet, if it is saved to a file without the email!!  (Example:  JaneDoeResume)

-- Please, oh please, state in the subject line what position you are applying for.  Who is interested in an applicant who cannot even take the time to state what position they are applying for?  Not me!  I doubt many are. 

-- Please send one email with resume for each position you apply for.  If you apply for three positions, I can only electronically file your email/resume in one position folder and you may be overlooked when collecting folders. 

-- Please make some type of statement in the email and don't just send a blank email with the resume attached.  Just a simple, Please consider my attached resume in application for XXXX position is just fine.  A summary or synopsis of your qualifications or your life's history really is not necessary in the email because we are going to study your resume for that information.  A brief cover letter-type email is fine but it should read within the single window pane without scrolling. 

-- Last, but not least, please read over your email for errors (should go without saying, I know) and remember to attach your resume!  It is so much more difficult to keep up with multiple emails because the resume was left off, then you want to add another piece of information, etc.  Do not be in such a hurry that your application email shows it.  As well, if you are applying for several positions and you are doing a copy/paste of the email content, make sure you change any job position titles within the email appropriately. 

I really hope you will find this information useful -- I know for all the individuals who handle this information on the incoming will certainly make note of an outstanding resume/email application and sometimes that extra, Hey, this applicant has done a great job in presenting herself thus far can go a long way!

Corporate Anonymous

Sent resumes twice and never heard from them. nm
They have probably been overwhelmed with resumes since

they have been discussed so much lately.  I sent a resume and was offered a position without testing within just a few days of submitting it.  I accepted the position and they said it would take  1 to 2 weeks to get all the paperwork done, equipment, and get clearance from the account to access their system.  I ended up not accepting the position so not sure how long it would really take to get going. 


I only heard from 1 out of 5 resumes I sent out
They have been inundated with resumes lately
Please e-mail them again or call the office if you don't hear from them soon though.
Are they accepting resumes? sm

I used to work for them about 2 years ago on acute care and had to quit because everything they had required high speed internet and I only had dialup at the time.  I now have high speed and would be interested in working on one of their radiology accounts.  What are the line requirements for radiology?  Where would I apply?  There is no place on their website to apply.  Thanks.

On past resumes I have put...

Available on request in the Reason for Leaving box.  I had a past boss who was verbally abusive (not Oh, he hurt my feeling because he said I was working slow or something...I mean truly abusive) and I have used the Available on request in that box for that particular job many time and have been asked what the situation was before, but have never been treated like this was a strange way to handle the Reason for Leaving box.  I have also completley omitted this job for certain resumes. 

My sincere condolances on the passing of your father. 

Put about 20 resumes out on different MT job sites
Waited for someone to contact me and they did. It will happen eventually. You need to be specific with what you want and don't want. It's an everyday chore until you get the offer that best suits you.
Personally I think they "bank" resumes
in case they happen to get something that calls for an MT to travel, but I have sent at least 3 to them in the past 2 years and never heard a peep out of them.  Either they have a ton of people to call on or they don't get that many of these opportunities.
They have our resumes, see our work during testing and
Oh, I fact check their resumes. And you are right..
Many do lie like crazy on resumes, or at least exaggerate. That isn't even specific to MT, but IMO, it happens more in MT. A lot of MTSOs probably don't check before hiring and that's a bad habit to get into. I got burned one time and that's all I needed so I know check it all! It doesn't take long to make a few phone calls and it saves a lot of time and heartache and hassle later.

That is why I really frown on job hopping. If they hit the ground running every time there's a slow period, I'm not interested. Slowdowns are part of the territory (and I'm not talking MQ-scale slowdowns, just the usual ones..lol) and I don't want someone jumping ship every time we hit one.

That being said, I do realize that some people have many jobs listed due to circumstances beyond their control and I do take that into consideration. It's usually fairly easy to spot the ones who just hop for the sake of hopping as opposed to the ones who hopped around for a bit just trying to find their niche.
Anyone else sending out resumes and hearing nothing?
I have 16 years in the business and 4-5 years editing experience, but am just not hearing back from companies advertising on the boards.  Maybe they are receiving 100s of resumes...or is it just me?  Anyone know of a company looking for an editor, please email me.  Thanks!
I've also been sending out resumes and not
I've heard back from a few places wanting me to test and often don't even hear back after the test! I have over 17 years of experience and I can't be doing THAT bad on tests. I think it is probably that they are being inundated with responses.

To be honest, I do not expect a response from every single company I send my resume to. I do expect to hear back from a company once I've tested for them when it is at their request, however! I've hired before and know that when you get scads of emails, many from the same people over and over again, it gets hard to keep track of sending out I got your resume emails. If I emailed someone and asked them to test, though, I would most certainly let them know one way or the other.

I recently tested for a company that I had heard good things about and then never heard one word again. Not even that they received my test files back. I decided right then and there I wouldn't work for them anyway because that's just rude. It takes time out of our day to test and to not hear back--when they requested it--is pretty lame, IMO.
Jax probably got 100s of resumes. Did even 1 MT get a reply
TT web site not accepting resumes?
Hey y'all, just tried to send TT my resume by using their website resume sender lol I tried sending it on IE (gave me a 404 error) and on Netscape (it just sat there). Anybody have an email address I can send it to? Thanks! JC
I used to work for a national and when we ran an ad, we would get 200-300 resumes. sm
These all came at once, so it was a little time-consuming to get through them. Email or call because the squeaky wheel does get the grease!
Great suggestions! I know many believe that their resumes SM

should be five pages long and reflect every single job they've ever had, but the truth is when trying to get an MT job, only your MT work history is relevant, and work history is only relevant once you've landed the interview.  Your resume should highlight your skills relevant to the position applying, any industry related organizations you belong to, etc.

Having said that, I created a separate document where I keep a complete list of every single medical transcription job I have held starting with the very first one.  I list company name, address, phone number, supervisor, and dates employed.  I created this document because when I went back to work for an actual hospital, their offer was based on years experience and I was told to provide them with everything MT job I've ever had so they could make the best possible offer.  So I now keep this document updated always just in case, but it never goes out with my resume and it only goes out when and if I am told my years experience has direct bearing on what kind pay they offer.

If an MTSO requests a references, I provide them with my three more recent employers and three personal references.  If they want proof of my 20 years experience, I happily provide them with my complete list.

Back in the stone ages when I was in high school, I took a course at the vo-tech school called office occupations.  It was taught by this little old fashioned lady who believed a woman should always wear a skirt and heels to work and fetch her boss coffee.  My teacher did, however, provide me with some useful tips that are still relevant today as far as resumes go.  She said your resume should only be one page long and its only purpose is to get you an interview.  It should grab a persons attention and make them want to know more.  So never give away too much info on the resume.  Your ultimate goal should always be a personal face to face or phone to phone (in today's world) meeting. 

Anyway, that's my rambling for the evening. 

Flooding of resumes on job posts

Sent a couple of resumes recently and getting an automatic answer from several companies that due to the influx of so many resumes, it will be impossible to even see them all.  If I have more than 3 years' experience it will be kept in the file for 6 months until they get to it. 

The most recent automatic answer I got was from a company which did not even put an ad out.  It was one where I found great posts on another board after doing a lot of archive searching. 

Is this because of recent MQ paycuts and problems, and because C-bay bought it out.  Perhaps the time has come for the work pool to be flooded with more competition if the giant of MQ is finally seeing a walk-out.  Also, the other biggies like Spheris and Transcend seem to be losing a lot of people.

Anybody have any idea on this? Not only do we have the influx of new graduates, and now the really experienced hospital MTs who have been with MQ for so long, but we also have India too... are the odds growing less that our resumes will even be seen, I wonder...

I just hope that all the MQ people and everyone here in the US finds a good home and soon. We all deserve a good job and I just wonder how we will get through this time.  Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated, or just a good we are all in this together post would be appreciated.

Yikes! Send resumes out right away. Try some of
I suggest Transtech. They are hiring, and are safe! E mail them and follow up with a call. You need a job! Please consider this a good thing because if the job that just did this would fire you like that on a whim, they are not worth working for, but I assume you have bills to pay!! Please try sending your resume quickly to a couple of reputable companies like Transtech. I can't think of any other. I used to work for MDI-MD but can't recommend them anymore. So many I can say don't send to... but I can recommend TT. Please try the best you can to get on board somewhere ASAP! We are out here pulling for you... and once you are settled let us know you are okay!