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The Basics / REGISTRATION REQUIRED TO VIEW MORE OF THIS BOARD
« Last post by Admin on March 13, 2010, 03:44:35 PM »
Please carefully read the other eight posts in this folder.

After reading those posts, if you still would like to apply for membership at Transcription Essentials, please do so.  Your application will need to be approved by board administration, and if it is approved you will receive an email containing instructions for activating your membership.  Once you have activated your membership you will have access to the rest of the board.**

Once you have access to the rest of the board, IT IS CRITICAL THAT YOU START IN THE *****START HERE***** FOLDER.  That folder is called *****START HERE***** for a reason.  Please carefully read and consider the posts in that folder before examining the rest of the board.

Transcription Essentials is not a place for people with "silver platter syndrome."  If you just have a quick question you want answered, Transcription Essentials is definitely not the place for you. 

Transcription Essentials is also not a job board.  We do have lists of companies that contract with independent contractors who do transcription, but this is not a board on which you can come and post that you need work.

What Transcription Essentials IS is explained in the other two posts in this folder.  Please carefully read and consider them, and then if you still want to apply for membership you are most welcome to do so.

**Note that if you do not provide a valid email address when you register, you will not receive the email containing the activation link, and your registration will not be successful.  Note also that the email may go into your spam or junk mail folder, so you'll need to watch for it.

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The Basics / NEW TO TRANSCRIPTION OR NEW TO THIS BOARD?
« Last post by Admin on March 13, 2010, 03:43:19 PM »
Hello, and welcome.  We have provided Guest access to this folder so that you might have access to the valuable information in these posts.

There is much more information available in other folders on this board.  Please read the REGISTRATION REQUIRED post before registering.  If you decide to register you will have access to that additional information and will be able to network with the other transcriptionists here.

The other folders on this board are:  Transcription Talk - General/Legal, Transcription Talk - Medical, Companies that hire General and Legal ICs, Companies that hire Medical ICs, Short-term Overflow, General Tips & Tricks, Ergonomics, Hardware Information, Software Information, Water Cooler and Lifestyle.

Our board members are ethnically, religiously, geographically and professionally diverse.  What has brought us together is our work in this industry.  Whether a board member is a retired professional, a free-spirited traveler, a stay-at-home mom or anything in between, the reasons our members do transcription vary widely.  We value this diversity.

We emphasize diversity because in the work-from-home arena many people assume that everyone who works from home or wants to work from home is like them in virtually every way.  This is completely untrue, and should you register for membership at TE we need you to remember that your posts will be read by ethnically, religiously, geographically and professionally diverse people, and not only by people like you. 

If you are new to transcription, the following is for you:

    * To apply with any company to do transcription, you need to strongly consider making a transcription-oriented (or at the very least a word-processing oriented) version of your resume.

    * If you are a real newbie to transcription, you need to practice.  There is a sticky with Sources for Practice Audio in the START HERE folder.

    * If you haven't yet downloaded Express Scribe (there is other transcription software that people use, but Express Scribe is free and is what many people use), go ahead and get that done.  You can practice using Express Scribe using hot keys.  You don't need to order a foot pedal to use Express Scribe.  Note:  If you fully believe you will be good at this, even if you are a brand new newbie, if you are GREAT at spelling and grammar and all the things mentioned in TRANSCRIPTION 101 in the START HERE folder, using a foot pedal is easier, but just know that if you order a foot pedal without having work, you're ordering a foot pedal without having work.

    * To do a good job, you do need headphones.  They do not have to be expensive.  You should use headphones even for your practice.

    * Bottom line:  If you are ready to go when companies starting accepting applications and testing, you will be in a much better position than if you hear that somebody is "hiring" and you have to go, "What? Huh? Wait, I'm not quite ready yet."


Good luck to everyone, newbies and not-so-newbies alike!  :happy0158: :happy0158: :happy0158:
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