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As a rebuttal to there not being good MTs in the US sm

Posted By: Experienced MT on 2005-09-11
In Reply to: Try hiring ONE good MT. - MTSO

I am an experienced MT.  My work is excellent, 100% error-free. 

I was looking for work last year and applied to many companies and tested with all of them and received compliments on the great job I did on the tests - no errors. 

For all my experience and excellent testing, the companies that I applied to offered me an insulting rate of 6 to 8 cents a line.  They stated the reason for this was because they could not charge enough to justify paying me more than that. 

In my opinion, if a company is looking for "client-ready" work that needs no proofing, no QA and no corrections, they should be willing to pay for that expertise and quality. 

I was without work for approximately a year.  I finally got "lucky" with a company that appreciates quality and am now making a decent per line rate.  However, it did take me almost a year of holding out to find this company and, by the way, for all intents and purposes I am planning on being a long-term IC with them. 

So, perhaps the incentives for experienced MTs are not being met and they are not willing to apply to/work for companies that are not paying them for their years of experience.  It may be that the employers/contractors are not taking the right tack to employ quality MTs. 

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but I live in the northeast and not much need for that where I live.  I also live in a small town so that limits my options.  I have spent the last couple of years as a substitute teacher to supplement my MT job and just completed 4-1/2 months as a long term sub which I enjoyed and was a change of pace from MT.  The only problem is as a sub or ed tech you only get paid during the school year so I would have to keep my MT job for summers and school vacations.  With the way things are going in the MT world I hate to rely solely on that.  I don't want to find myself without any job whatsoever.   

Thanks for all the responses.    

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a newbie and you still have to look up lots of words ....   The very first day I typed, with absolutely no education way back when, when you didn't have to have a degree/certificate or previous experience, I typed 665 lines.  This was without an expander and I was not a fast typist.   I can do 1000 lines in about 4 hours now on average. 
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unfortunately, there aren't many MTSOs out there who will confront a poor dictator and nip it in the bud to begin with.

In the old days we used to do this all the time. A doctor was put on report and told to shape up and if he didn't he would either be charged more because they had to pay an MT more to do his lousy dictation, or he was always given the option to do his own reports if he wouldn't comply.

Believe it or not, almost every physician my former company did this to straightened up their act became good dictators and found that it was actually less stressful and less time consuming for them too!!

The MTSOs just don't have the guts to do this anymore... and they should. I can make more money on good dictators with a lower line rate than crappy dictators at a higher rate, and would rather have the better dictators and lower rate than the other... it's a win-win for both the MT and MTSO because the MT is making more money per hour and the MTSO gets to pay less for her MTs and make a better profit. I can't believe the MTSOs haven't figured this one out.
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that have proven their worth. Andrews, MTEC and even Career Step, but I would not choose a school that has spammed the internet in every crack there is as the one you have mentioned.  Find some graduates and see what they have to say.  Go to mtchat.com and do a search of this school. 

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I really wish you good health and good luck!

I know that what you are doing is a major undertaking.  Just remember that this is what you want and that you CAN do it!  It won't be easy by any stretch of the imagination, but once you have accomplished it, you will truly know what you are capable of.  I think you are very brave.  Please know that all of us are pulling for you and are here to help you if you need it.  Go to the hospital if you are feeling at all unsure or unstable.  Don't give up because the reward will be great.  Please let us know how you are doing.

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center of the town with all the streets radiating out from it and the avenues intersecting.  How about  English Second Language Avenue?  How does  "Penniless Lane" sound?  (A knock-off of the Beatles Penny Lane.)  

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