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Why send resumes? Take the online tests.

Posted By: sm on 2005-11-30
In Reply to: Would like a few questions - answered please if you have time.

Most of these outfits have online tests. You'll hear back a lot quicker, I'm sure.

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usually, for the online tests, you can download...
the voice file into a file on your computer, then download into Express Scribe player (free online), so you can use your foot pedal instead of the keyboard.
I sent them my resume and took their online tests...
they e-mailed me and said I did extremely well on the tests. Then I took the online transcription test. I told them ahead of time that in my 15 years of transcribing I did maybe 5 OP reports and they said that was fine. I have NO experience in them whatsoever.  One of the test reports was an OP which I failed miserably.  The other 2 reports I did fine on.  However, they did not hire me and I have to believe it was solely on that one OP report because all they could tell me was I did well on MOST of the transcription test reports.  Oh well...I have heard a lot of good about them though apart from running out of work.
Five resumes. Five transcription tests. No calls.

I'm trying so desperately to leave the Q.  I know my job will be done soon there, I can feel it.  I'm hurting financially from all the changes, the ASR, the cut in rates, etc., so I'm so ready for a change!  I did the research, read up on this board and many others, and applied for FIVE DIFFERENT COMPANIES.  Two are IC, the other three are employees.  I will work p/t or f/t, I don't even care, I just need work.  I started part-time with a new company before the holidays only to discover they've over-hired and there isn't any work!  I'm still technically working for them even though I haven't worked in two weeks.

I have years of experience in all kinds of different reports.  I'm a good person with decent skills.  Why can't I get a job?  I'm starting to think it's the whole MQ thing, that there are so many of us out there, we've flooded the MT market.

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!
send resumes to the smaller companies, try your state first, and then branch out. sm
they are out there. If you can put your money where your mouth is and prove your skills, these small to mid size companies will grab you. I work for a mid-sized MTSO in my state. They absolutely do not outsource overseas, do not mess with VR, and I make .10 at minimum, more depending on the specialty I get. I bounce around between 5 specialties, but have become familiar enough with each specialty to make a good line count. Sorry, I'd rather not share who I work for. The company does not even advertise. You will find many of these companies do not advertise because very seldom are they in need of MTs, as most of their MTs stay with them for years.
Easy tests versus harder tests...
Having passed both and offered jobs at both, which company would you likely go for?  They both have the same basic benefits and line rates.  Would I be assuming that the harder testing will mean that the dictation is more difficult?  Any opinions on this would be greatly appreciated!
Ditto! Also add that they ignore e-mails you send and send endless IMs!
that's why I went with online
I had the same situation. Was being paid about $14.5 w/nighttime differential. Myself and 2 other MTs in the hospital did all the work (out of about 6 total) and were paid the lowest. When they hired someone who supposedly had a lot of experience that did not know basic rad terminology (and I mean this was REAL bad) and typed no more than 12 simple chest/bone reports in a 5-hr day and wouldn't fire her, I quit.

Best move I ever made. Went COBRA for 18 mos. Would never go back. They called about 6 mos later asking if I cd prn (they were 700 reports behind with the 2 other top MTs out) & I told them $20/hr and they wouldn't do it - so no go for me.
on their online app, it says they don't have PT.

where is the online EC
They have ads online, just none on here.
They have ads out all over the internet saying they are hiring, just none on here and I applied.  They offered me the position the day after I applied and I got suspicious after I realized they didn't even require me to take any sort of test or anything.  I hate that they sent me the equipment BEFORE they gave me this info, but I am going to mail it right back to them, it sounds too shady to me as well.
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.

Well I tried looking online for information
but there was none of any help. I think that is a sign to decline the offer.
This is for online work...
maybe you have a backlog on C-phone work, but always a shortage with online.
OK- I didn't know they had online AND
C-Phone work.  I may still apply....
Thanks...I went online and applied. nm

Online testing
Does anyone else have a problem with online testing for a company, in response to an ad on the job board, before even speaking with a recruiter or person from the company?  The ad gives no indication of pay or the shift they are hiring for - do I spend time taking a test and then find out the hours I need are not available?  Do I spend time taking a test, then find out the pay is so low and the insurance so high that I would not have applied, had I known this before hand?  Does it feel kind of impersonal to take a test without even having had contact with a person?  Do you  spend time taking the test and hope the hours are what you want or do you just ignore this job posting?
Applying online....
On www.mditrans.net there is a link on the left that says apply online. I don't think there is a link to apply online at the other site, just email/phone numbers if you wish to contact them.
ascripts online

Has anyone heard of them? Thanks for the info.


Two online schools

that have a record of getting their graduates placed in positions at home WITHOUT needing 2 years of experience are:




thanks, I did the online application for TT
hope to hear from them soon.
Not at online companies.

The ads tell all.  They all pay between 7 and 9 cpl.  Some will pay 10, but I would say they are probably ESL accounts that they can't find anyone to do.

Again: Nowadays this is done ONLINE...sm
What is going on on this boards?

Is this some kind of advertising campaign to buy


for doing MTing?

MTs are pressured to use hot keys (shortcuts) instead of the mouse ,, and not to take one's fingers off the keyboard, especialy when doing VR.

Why should I go and look into my books, wasting all that time?

one can look up these 'slangs' online,
does not mean one is a user.
8-9 cpl for online MTSOs and
with no middle man. 
What about IQ tests?
start doing....!
Take other tests
There are lots of MTSOs that have online tests through MTtest.
sorry....not sure about any tests
Someone just mentioned something about a test. I just had to say that I was never offered a test. I DO NOT like tests either. I do great on employment, but get extremely nervous with tests...lol. Sorry if it made you nervous.
Phoenix Medcom has new and improved voice files for testing.
I just tooked the tests and not at all what is being described so the tests must have been updated recently.
I refuse to test for a company until I have received some background. Your're right some of those tests are quite extensive and I refuse to spend 2 or more hours on a test to find out they only want to pay 7 cpl and have lousy benefits. Funny thing is, when I want to inquire further before taking a test, I never get a response back from the company.
Need help with MT tests

I have almost two years MT experience and have transcribed and edited just about everything short of pathology and radiology.  I am currently doing ER.  I tested for a national today and did well on the grammar and terminology, but not well enough for the transcription.  No direction was given for the transcription test such as to type bedtime as opposed to h.s. and daily or q.day instead of q.d. or mL for cc.  I never know whether to do those things or not do them, it seems like whatever I choose to do is always wrong whenever I take an MT test anymore.  I could not even slow down any of the dictators for clarity.  I need to find a better paying MT job. 

What would you do for prohibited abbreviations? 

Also, would you expand or not expand for diagnoses and impressions? 

Would you type short physical examination sections in paragraph form with the headings or would you list them individually under the section heading?  I have had clients that wanted it both ways.

Maybe I have lost my edge by doing strictly ER.  Still, I would really appreciate the thoughts of other MTs about the above questions and any other pointers anyone would like to share. 

Thanks in advance.

Hi Jan:
I am a newby fresh, new blood. A post graduate from community college. Use mL in place of cc.

Am also looking for transcription work myself; do you have any leads?
Sorry to hear you failed their test. I also failed theirs and Medquists twice. I hate that they don't give you any feedback on why. No idea whether it was writter or transcription or what. Just thanks, you can reapply in so many months. I really think they should give some feedback, don't you?
I don't think anyone tests with MDI-MD
I could be mistaken, but I work for MDI-MD and there was no formal test required. Instead, they review your resume, see if they have a 'fit' for you, and then there is an extensive phone interview where they assess you skills and go over your experience with you.

I've seen several MTs post to this same experience, so I don't believe they have any formal testing at their site or elsewhere.

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
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.
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.
apply online at medquist
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Medscribe Online....any info?
Just trying to see if this company is legit or not.  Do they pay on time?  Thank you.
Anyone take the online Medware test?