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Transcription Services News, Issue #004
May 13, 2013
Welcome to the Transcription Services Newsletter. Welcome to a new edition of our newsletter. We appreciate that you take the time to subscribe and read our newsletter. We hope that you find some useful tips and ideas to use as you perform transcription services for your own clients.
Transcription Tip of the Month
This month I thought I’d explain how to create a different header for a second page of your document, as we had this come up in our company this past month and some people had difficulty with it. The scenario might be that you have a header on the first page with the company letterhead. You do not want that on the second page, but rather you want a heading with the name of their client and a page number. This is how you would do that in Word 2010. (It is similar in the older and hopefully the newer versions of Word.)
Basically you need to create a section break. This is different than a page break. Go to the point in your document where you want the section break to occur. Most likely this will be at the bottom of page one. Go to Page Layout. Look for the button that says Breaks and click on it. You will then get a drop down menu. Look halfway down and you will see Section Breaks. Choose Next Page. You have now created the section break you need.
Now when you go to create your second page header, make sure you are on the second page and go to Insert, Header, Edit Header. Once you are in the header area there is a button at the top that says Link to Previous. This is like a toggle button. As you click it, it changes back and forth to either link to the previous section or to not link to the previous section. If you want a different header on this page then you would want to make sure that it is not linked to the previous section and type in what you do want in this section for the header. That is it! Pretty easy once you've done it a time or two.
One of the best ways to get started in the transcription services industry is to work for a company offering transcription. We will bring you a couple each month that hire subcontractors. We do not personally work for these companies or know much about them except that they do hire subcontractors. Make sure to see our Tips When Testing With a Transcription Services article for some help when applying for jobs online!
Chromolume Transcription – This company is located in Santa Monica, California. They are currently looking for new transcriptionists. Their website is http://www.crtranscription.com/index.html and you can e-mail your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allegis Communications is looking for General Transcriptionists with a minimum of two years’ experience. You can apply at the following website: http://allegiscommunicationsinc.coursehost.com
Each issue we are going to spotlight somebody who is working as a transcriptionist by conducting a short interview with them. This month’s interview is with Leigh David. I have known Leigh virtually for many, many years now. If you have been in the transcription services business for any length of time you have probably seen Leigh on one of the many transcription forums. She is smart, funny and friendly! I am super excited that she agreed to do an interview for our newsletter.
How long have you been a transcriptionist?
Leigh: Around ten or so years.
Leigh: I was working as an administrative assistant -- kind of temping my way through life. A friend of mine said that I really should transcribe because she had a friend who made a lot of money doing that (and we believed her). I didn't think much about it, but later saw an ad in the Washington Post for transcription and I answered it.
Do you work for transcription companies, have your own clients or both?
Leigh: I work for transcription companies, court reporters, and a small number of my own clients.
What is your favorite piece of transcription equipment?
Leigh: My brain?
What do you love about your job?
What is the best thing about your job?
Leigh: I love transcription and enjoy it on a lot of levels. Still maybe the best is the people that I have gotten to know through working for and with them.
What is the worst thing about your job?
Leigh: The feast or famine aspect is always a little bit scary. And I am hopeless with poor audio.
What advice would you give to somebody trying to break into the transcription field?
Leigh: Don't quit your day job. Commit to learning to do it right. Take time to build up your abilities and your client base before you go full time. Some people are naturals and have a good ear. I was neither, but I have acquired the abilities through experience and determination. I have had failures. From those failures I learn what I can take that with me as I move on to the next experience.
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