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Audio editing is helpful for my transcription job because it allows me to enhance audio quality, correct mistakes, and easily fast-forward or rewind audio
I just thought I'd point out a couple of very simple do's and don'ts when applying for a transcription position.
Don't be sloppy when you communicate with a potential transcription company. We have an application people fill out and when I see that people are too lazy to even capitalize their names I just hit delete. The same with spelling and punctuation.
Don't be discouraged. It takes time to find the right company that is the right fit for you. Work on your skills and keep on trying until you find the perfect fit.
Do put your best foot forward. Any communication you have with a potential transcription services that you want to work with should be professional.
Do follow up with companies that you have applied with. Many times we aren't hiring at the time we receive an application, but a month later we are. We receive so many applications every day that we don't always go back a month to look for qualified candidates, but just work with the most recent applicants.
Do be patient. Like I said, we do receive a lot of applications every day.
I've been doing some email marketing lately and it seems a lot of people are using one specific competitor. Just out of curiosity I searched what they pay their transcriptionists. I was appalled to see that it is 30 cents to $1.10 per audio minute. $1.10 per audio minute is fine - but 30 cents? This is a real problem in the industry. The minimum wage in California is currently $15.50 per hour. It takes about four hours to do one hour of audio. So for four hours of work you should make $62.00. At 30 cents per audio minute you would only make $18.00 for four hours of work!! WHAT? Why do people work for such a low wage? Or is this company using people from outside the United States? Or is AI changing the industry? I actually think it takes longer to edit an AI transcript than to transcribe it from scratch, but that's a different rant. I would love to see the industry standards raised so that professional transcriptionists are paid fairly. To be competitive I actually have to charge less to my clients than I did 30 years ago when I started. What other industry is this happening in? I hope people looking for transcription services will take a little time to research how much they are paying their team members and what their reviews are from people who work for them.
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