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A company posted 8-12/cpl not long ago..

Posted By: (sm) on 2006-02-27
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anyone remember the name of the company or have the link to the job post?  I remember seeing it, but cannot seem to find it now.  Thanks!

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Good of the company? As IC, I am my own company. Not my problem if she has problems as long as I do
It should be posted on the Company board, please.
If you are the OP, you also posted this on the Company board
As being a position with Keystrokes. I didn't think KS hired ICs?

Color me confused but...?
At the top of the Company Board is posted ....s/m
' Don't make your decisions based on someone else's recommendation - Administration '
I posted that higher earners at my company SM
are bringing home that kind of money. The key word, though, is earners. Not "job." Pay is on a production basis, and those high wages are a result of base pay + incentive bonus pay x 40 hours a week of actual keyboarding, 50 weeks a year (or close to). If they work less quick or less long, the money drops.

So, do I feel sort of jealous because working 35 hours a week doesn't earn that much? No.

I am envious of those with a natural talent for fast keyboarding, though. I'm so bad that in the past I would never have imagined myself doing work based on typing; that would have been a really dumb move. :) I have to work hard to keep my production up and have invested long hours developing my Expander skills to try to compete, but any of them who also work smart still outproduce, and outearn, me easily.
Other people have posted about the ad on the company board--
--but the posts were deleted. I'm not sure what's up with that.
We have not moved this topic to the Company board. Perhaps you posted it
there initially thinking it was the Main board.
Heads up warning! A company called DictaCall posted a classified ad

Heads up warning! A company called DictaCall posted a classified ad
here yesterday claiming great cost savings. After researching the company, I have found that the company is overseas in India and is offering the identical rate structure as another US voice service.  There is absolutely no cost savings whatsoever and anyone using their voice system would be calling into a toll free number where the voice file would end up on a server in Calcutta, West Bengal, India. 

What does this mean to you, the transcription service?
1. HIPAA compliance is compromised.
2. Your client information is at risk. Offshore entities can come in try to undercut you and take your business.
3. In case of outage, you're stuck if you can't get in touch with technical support.

I could go on, but I think you can probably see the same big problems that I see.

If you work for a bad company long enough, believe me
I started a new company not long ago, too

and they were detail-oriented.  Like you, my transcription was great, but I kept forgetting the little things - how they like their dates formatted, when to add headings, when to expand abbreviations.  I printed out the emails with the corrections I got and made myself a cheat sheet to keep beside my computer.  I reviewed it before each shift and referred to it frequently while transcribing. 

Learning the formatting/account specifics is probably the most difficult part of starting a new job, and I'm sure their QA dept is aware of that.  I made it and so will you.  Just stick with it and double proofread things.  I also doublechecked my demographic information prior to submitting just to be sure.  One thing to remember, when in doubt, flag it for QA. 

LOL, I worked for her long ago when she micromanaged a different company. nm

I won't work for a company that requires me to pay long distance
After getting reamed over by one MTSO who verbally promised to pay my unlimited long distance bill and didn't. I have no use for long distance because I use an inexpensive calling card or the Internet.
I need to know the best unlimited long distance company to use for transcription PLEASE. sm
I have unlimited long distance that is residential.  Any suggestions on which company is best for unlimited long distance to use for transcription?
Unlimited Long Distance + C-phone, small company needs MT

I currently need an experienced MT (at least three years - actual medical typing) to cover a 2 doctor account.  Very simple dictation - SOAP note format.  This account is looking for another doctor, so that could add in.  Currently, very small amount of dictation - approximately 800-1300 lines total per week.  24 hour turn around. 

If you have a c-phone and have unlimited long distance, please send me your resume + 2 references for people you have actually typed for.  Start rate 8cpl (65 character).  This is an IC position.

I am the owner of a small transcription company in Virginia - have had stable accounts and great MT's for over 13 years.  THANK YOU!!!

Please see my question on company board -posted on wrong board
When the company asked me to start making long distance phone calls,
they offered to pay my long distance for the charges. I then got a cheap long distance plan to make the charges for them more reasonable.

You need to JUST SAY NO to making long distance calls for them. If they will pay for it then do it, otherwise no way.
Company states cannot use Vonage. Any suggestions for land line unlimited long distance? nm

I hate Instant Text. It is expensive, long long learning
curve, and too much distraction for me.
How long should I wait after applying for a position before I follow-up. It has been as long as two
without hearing from some.  Just wondering if I should send an e-mail to follow-up to see if they received my resume or not.  I don't want to offend anyone but feel two weeks should be long enough for someone to at least acknowledge my resume and that I have applied for a position.  Right now I would accept anything even a note saying no thanks.  Any advice would be appreciated.  I haven't had to apply for a job for the past 10 years so I am a bit rusty at this.  Thanks again for any advice. 
Congrats! How long have you been a MLS and how long did you study for the test!

Please see message. I have three daughters with long, long hair.
I also have long hair down to my waist and my three girls have hair that long too. My daughter brought them home from school last year. I was devestated and grossed out!!!! I have never had to deal with lice. Anyway, we did the treatments and two of my girls broke out in a severe rash with the OTC stuff. Their little heads were so sore!! I thought I was being meticulous with eggs, only to find them hatching again down the road. A nurse at the pediatricians office suggested I try oil to suffocate them since my girls were allergic to the lice solution. I bought a huge bottle of veggie oil and dumped it on all three heads, plus my own. I then wrapped the heads in platic wrap and then a towel. I left this on for 30 minutes. It takes a while to wash out the oil, but we never, ever had the lice or eggs again!!! If you try this, make sure you put on an old shirt and put a towel around your shoulders. Obviously we were desperate, but we all have such long hair and very thick hair so I was willing to try anything. And I figured there was no chemicals involved so that was pretty safe. And it sure did help my littles ones since their scalps were pretty raw from the solution. Hope this helps and Good luck!
It's been a long, long time since I've used a C-phone, sm
but I do think jobs can be paused.
I had a problem with this for a long, long time sm
I have always worked days, like from 6-3. Over the last few years, it didn't matter how much sleep I got, I became real groggy between 7 and 11. Really shoots the day. Talked to my doctor and he said my blood pressure pills were the culprit but he refused to change me to another brand or dosage since I have multiple aneurysms (2 in the brain). My BP has been stable for a long time and he wants to "keep it on the low side". I tried taking them before I went to bed instead of early in the morning, but then I had headaches all day. So, I am changing to a night shift for a few months so I can sleep when those pills kick in and so far it is working pretty good. I stay mostly awake during my shift and die when I hit the bed from 6 am to 10 am, then I lay down again later in the afternoon for 2-3 hours. I still get 6-7 hours of sleep, it's just split up during the day, plus I am mostly awake now when I sit down to type. I don't have to deal with the heat in my office, either. It tends to warm up real fast in here with the south sun on the house and 2 pc's running all day, even with the air conditioner on.
Way back when, a long, long time
ago and in a galaxy far, far away, I had my own accounts also and some years cleared $75,000.  Yes it can be done, but you need to have your own accounts.  Also lots of delivery, and other duties involved.  I work for a large national now and make much less, but I got tired of accountants, having to deal with hardware problems, deadlines, driving deliveries, printing, printers, etc.  So I decided to simplify my taxes and stay home and just type.  Don't have to worry about computers either, because the company will just send me a new one. 
Long, long files. Seemed like they'd never end! I'd never go back to VA again. nm
I've been doing this a long, long time...

I used to make $70,000 and up a year and did so for most of the late 80s and 90s (one girl used to make six figures a year working 7 days a week!)  Because we were making more money than the supervisors and Medical Records Directors in hospitals, they began to switch to transcription services which were sprouting up all over the place.  Plus AAMT came into existence and even though in the beginning it claimed it was to fight for transcriptionists (although assured us it was NOT a union), they eventually morphed into an organization that was more management friendly.  They developed the "guidelines" and the 65-char line.  That was the beginning of the end for those high-end wages.  Then all those mickey mouse transcription schools popped up, and now outsourcing overseas.  YES, we're complaining. 

Been in this biz a long, long time, 30+ years and....sm
I love/loved MTing. However, things have changed so much during these years. The job definitely gets easier; don't have to look up much, can decipher ESLs much easier, in other words, you get pretty comfortable with things and you have confidence in yourself. The more experience you have the easier the job, but....

I actually made more money 10 years ago!! We didn't have speech recognition and you actually got paid for headers/footers, demographics, carbon copies, etc., you got paid for what you did fairly; today, I am not so sure.

You will feel burned out at times, but that passes and you find you like your job again.

Good luck to you!!
What Company is This? I have been hired by a company that is sending a foot pedal.. Don't want t
The company cutting cpl, the company stopping paying for headers
Accepted a job with a new company, gave two weeks notice to my old company..

Old company, let me go before two weeks was up.  New company, said they were having trouble getting me set up and my equipment ready, but they would pay me while I waited.  It's been a month, still no check from new company even though I was told it was "in the mail."  I have no income and am at a loss. 

I have a signed offer letter from the new company, contracts, etc.  I applied for unemployment, but old company is saying I quit and technically I am currently employed with the new company!  New company is not returning calls or answering email.

What should I do!?!?!?!

I started sending my resume out today, but the process of getting a new job will take at least two weeks and I need money now to catch up on what I'm behind!

A long, long time ago, I was going thru
a really bad time emotionally and physically. I was suffering, and my transcribing suffered. I assure you - if you are to the point of not paying your rent, literally, and needing food stamps, there is something else going on in your life than current transcription rates. We are all in this industry and many are thriving, most getting along comfortably. If you are literally to the point of food stamps, you honestly would be a fool to continue. I blamed it on my job, on my line rate, on everything but the honest truth that I was ill and was NOT working as I should or could. It is a really sad thing that you keep spreading this propaganda that MTs in our culture are doomed and now destined for food stamps. Food stamps are not something to toss around lightly, as you would know if you ever had to use them. Please let's not be quite so dramatic. Again, if you are really in those dire straits, you really need to face that MTing is not the fit for you, personally, and do something about it rather than blame our industry. You dwell on the past, but we can't do that. While you may have made other wages 20 years ago, may I remind you that we were pounding away on IBM Selectrics using layers of paper and bottles of white out, going crazy trying to rewind tapes over and over to get that dang word, with no idea what an Expander was. Technology is fantastic. Things have changed, but things are still great in this industry, and in this world. Those who change and can adapt will be fine, but you need to recognize that most of us are not ready for food stamps.  
Sure did...you been around for a long, long year

You don't want to work for this company. Call your current company and
tell them that you have decided against the new position and tell them that you would like to stay. It is cheaper for them to let you stay than to train someone new. A company who could be so tacky as the one you just spoke of is one you do not want to work for. You can rescind your resignation. If you are a good MT, they will be glad you did.
With my company, ICs use their own emails, employees have company email.
COMPANY INQUIRIES belong on Company board, please!
....3 months later my old company rehired me; can you return to your 1st company?
Local radiology company, not transcription company
who has only 5 transcriptionists and are not hiring at this moment. We all work at home and get great benefits, no insurance out of pocket and 22 days paid vacation in the first year, after that it goes up. I feel very fortunate to have found them, but again I chose them because they did not do production, so now that they are, I'm a little disappointed.
thank you - please do keep me posted. - sm
I was supposed to be there next week.
yes - keep us posted
I am sick to death of these companies. My credit card company called me Friday night at 9:45 P.M. to ask where my payment was, which I made last week and it was not late!!!! I was so mad and I knew the call was being monitored "for better customer service" that I screamed "listen you job stealing m**f**, do you have any idea what time it is, and if you knew your job, you would see that I am not late with my payment and it was RECEIVED last week." I was sooooo mad I couldn't believe I had lost it like that. I was screaming all kinds of profanities.

Ooooh that felt good getting that off my chest. Now if a big hurricane or tsunami would hit their towns I would be even happier. I have never been racist a day in my life, but I realize that I am racist against countries taking our jobs.
Where was that posted?
Can you direct me to that?
that was probably LL who posted.
I think that is the same guy that posted
before about the $25/audio hour and got actual bids for $10 and $20/audio hour. He/she sounds like a scammer
I got in right after I posted here, but before that
This was NOT posted by myself.
Hello PJ, nice to meet another, but how about we find a way to set ourselves apart. I am an MT and an Editor for multple accounts and frequent the boards here on MT Stars, come visit me on the Holiday/Recipe board if you like.
You might as well have posted
What is this? What can we do with this. Sorry, I'm not a technical person. How can we use this?
I posted below on this...
This lady I referred to before who wrote the doctor, he was actually more impressed with her at trying to learn a profession and showing that she cared than he was with the MTSO. He got mad at the MTSO for firing this lady and thought she should have been given a chance. He was actually really upset by this. I just think maybe a doctor should know how much their demands can affect a family...especially now that I am out of a job!! As far as the MTSO and everyone else seeing this and having a long memory, do you really think I would ever be able to work for that company again? She fired me over e-mail and told me not to contact her and then stayed logged off of her IM, so she is basically "hiding." Now that should stick in everyone's minds for a long time, I would think. It does really hurt to be an MT for so many years and have a mishap with a TAT a time or two, be told about it, apologize and then be given more work for a week while the MTSO trains someone else and THEN get fired!! I thought there was some kindness in the world, but I guess not when it comes to business. That is such a shame.
I saw that you posted....
a little lower that he was fine, but now he's having problems again.  I really do think it's some sort of allergic reaction, and he went and exposed himself yet again.  What is he eating or drinking???  Only the two of you can decide how serious this is, but if it IS serious, then get him some medical help--and to hell with the cost!
Well, I think this is probably a first for me to see posted
I have mixed feelings about what to say because I don't know what kind of felony it was (and I'm not asking), but I would think that would be a huge factor in getting any kind of job in the medical business. Usually it takes 20 years for things like that to roll off a reference check. I'm torn between telling you not to disclose it and roll the dice of it not being found or continue disclosing it and not being able to find a job. (I know that statement will generate some livid responses!) In general a felony is enough to keep you off most employer's payroll and I imagine it would be next to impossible for jobs related to the medical industry. Maybe try some local clinics where you can explain face to face your situation.
Saw them AFTER I posted!
Again, sheesh, sorry to be a bother - I thought this board was for support.  If you don't want to answer, you don't have to!  People talking about what they are fixing for dinner are not attacked!  I'm trying to save my house and feed my children.  I logged in after a long absence, ran a search, got 0 (again have no idea why), posted my message, and yes, THEN related messages popped up!  I only come here now and again and probably did something wrong but jeepers!   That's ("how can you say that?!") how I can say that.  Please think twice before basically accusing someone of lying! Thank you for a lovely end to a lousy day with only $26.00 earned due to no work at my job. 
I don't know why I posted that there!
Maybe this should be posted on the