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Doesn't cost the MT anything, though from my

Posted By: me on 2005-12-16
In Reply to: Think I'll keep my money and keep trying on my own - J

experience you can do as good, if not better on your own.   They actually contacted me (probably from my resume posted on a couple of job boards) and I tried them thinking that maybe they had companies that didn't advertise and that probably paid well considering they were using a third party company to hire/screen, but the company they referred me to was one that frequently advertises here and the pay was average. 

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    The reason I know this is because my son just got a job at a local restaurant as a chef. In South Carolina some jobs require a background check, but the potential employee has to pay for this as well as run all over creation requesting records from the Highway Department as well as City and County law enforcement offices. It's time consuming and costly.

    I wouldn't mind the background check if it came out of the potential employer's pocket (which they can write off anyway) and if they did all the leg work. I wonder if this sort of thing can be done online?
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    All they can do is turn you down, but then again they might hire you. 
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    The insurance cost is double for Transcend but insurance probably doesn't factor in for her.
    I have heard more good things about Axolotl than Transcend, although it seems Axolotl may be less flexible with your schedule and someone told me that QA was pretty strict, which should not matter either if you have worked for a hospital and know what your QA score is.
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    how much did YOU cost THEM?
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    I could never, ever do something that could cause an MTSO to lose a client and if you chose to follow the road you are on that is what could happen. It doesn't belong to you. It has security codes on it. The hospital is upset. The MTSO is upset. You are upset. Crimy!! God save the MT profession from crabby, nothing-better-to-do-with-their time old timers like you!!!!!!

    Do you think that you are so special that you were the only one who lost money on trying to get you started up? People in the hospital were helping. People at the MTSO were helping. You were sitting around waiting, not helping and you continue not to help.

    Send it back all ready and be done with it!!!!!!
    IMO, the COST of being a CMT (attending sm
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    How about the phone cost? I went
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    Cost of Insurance @ KS
    Can you tell me how long it takes to be covered under their insurance plan and how much it is for individual coverage? I had read earlier it was very expensive but they were working on it.
    About how much does Aflac cost per pay?
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    Maybe, just maybe, since working remotely, you may need to purchase a stamp.  Now employee is different than IC, I think too.  An IC can write off that expense of a fax machine whereas an employee cannot.  So, we need to differentiate.  I don't feel the OP is complaining.  I think she has a point.  These companies assume because we are remote that we have all of the modalities that they have being a national or large MTSO.  

    If you are IC and pay for your insurance, that cost
    They use them to reduce the cost of
    transcription, not just third shift work, and not just when they need help. We can have no work and you can be sure they are still sending the easy jobs to the low life trash from India just so they can make more money for the big wigs at the company. Face it, Transcend does not care a hoot about you. They can mouth the words we care, but it is just like any other politician. You are a fool if you fall for the lies.
    VR is not cost effective for MTs
    I agreed to a certain amount for standard transcription and a certain amount for editing. You need twice the amount of minutes for editing to make what you need but the minutes aren't there. In any event, it is not worth it. I say look for another MT job that doesn't use VR or find another profession.
    Ultra low cost
    This is disgusting, but unfortunately there will be someone who will apply. This is why we're working for peatnuts.
    You either need a job to fit your cost of living or a cost of living to fit your job. sm
    While I agree that you cannot live in California on $35,000 a year, no one is forcing you to live in California. Suze Orman says either find a way to lower your expenses or find a way to earn more money. It's common sense :)

    There was a post a few weeks ago about not everyone being cut out to be an MT. I agree.

    The original poster needs to stop whining and either get a job that pays more or get a new career. She can make $15,000 on minimum wage at a mall or Walmart.

    BTW, it was insulting of her to say that MOST woman don't need to work. How dare she? In this day and age, most adults need to work. This is not 1958, this is 2008. I am not a bra burner, but my husband and I both make similar money, clean the house, cook, raise our 3 children. I am just lucky to have a job where I can work from home. I hated commuting anywhere, hate traffic, no patience.

    But that doesn't mean that I work less. I treat my job like a job. I work in my home office but I work all day. I do not do laundry, chat with friends, cook. I go to work each day by getting ready as if I were leaving for an office, pour my coffee, make sure I have everything I need and start. I take bathroom breaks and a lunch break and take the full hour that I would somewhere else. I work 8 full hours as I do not include my lunch hour, so my day is 8 to 5. When I am done for the day, I turn everything off, leave the room and close the door, as if I were in an outside office.

    My husband has a salary of $71,000 and I make near the same as him each year. I do not work overtime except very rarely, an occasional Saturday here and there, just like if I were on salary in another profession.

    I am not perfect, but I love my job and do it well. I also know that MT'ing is not for everyone, although it seems as if a lot of MT's who are not very good at their jobs have a sense of entitlement.
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    P.S. ShortCuts is provided at no cost ...sm
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    Insurance is no cost at all to my husband
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    Transcend insurance cost ?

    Can anyone working for Transcend tell me the employee's cost for insurance?  For example, how much per paycheck is taken out if you want to cover just yourself (no husband or dependents) for medical, dental and,vision (I have been told they offer all 3).  Thanks for your answers.


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    I come from a union family, family members being rather high up in 2 separate unions and I have had many discussions with everyone on this issue and this industry. We will lose everything.

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    Heard no more raises or cost of living either.