Interview tips you won’t find elsewhere.

I have read so many blogs on great interview tips etc., here are some that I would love to have shared with potential candidates from my past. Yes, I have dealt with at least one of each.:

 

1. Be sure to clean your eye glasses. Having smudges or even mascara rubbed on them is distracting when I am talking to you. You may not see them, but I do.

 

2. Be sure to brush your teeth – again very distracting.

 

3. Take it easy on the cologne. I may have asthma, or at least may have by the time you leave.

 

4. I do not want to see you butt or breasts, so keep them covered please.

 

5. Don’t call me honey – yes you women too. I am not hun, honey, or sweetheart.

 

6. Don’t lie on your resume and then forget what you had on it. And keep in mind, I do verify references.

 

7. When I ask what your best qualities are – don’t tell me getting along with others and then tell me you left old job due to personality conflicts. You see my point here don’t you?

 

8. When explaining your past responsibilities, don’t lay in with how the old supervisor was a bitch – that just means you will be calling me names too one day.

 

9. Don’t introduce yourself as Jane /John Doe and then say but all my ID says Julie/Josh Adams. I will have some questions…

 

10. Don’t show up a half hour early with your lunch to the interview and ask if you can use the waiting room as your cafeteria. Leave your food and drink in the car. It probably won’t be long before you will be joining it anyway.

 

And if/when hired, keep in mind:

 

1. If the back of your SS card says do not laminate, and you laminate it – I cannot accept it as ID. Don’t yell at me, you laminated it.

 

2. The law tells me I have to ask for your documentation – if you don’t have it, please get it before your first day of work. You should be old enough to have your VALID driver’s license, SS card and / or passport available. You needed it at your last job, so please bring it to this one too. Not my law. Again, don’t yell at me.

 

3. Don’t show up late for your first day – first week – first month.

 

4. Don’t come to work and then take 20 minutes in the bathroom to fix yourself up. Come in 10 minutes early and be working when your start time arrives.

 

5. Don’t ask me for an advance the first day on the job. Prove your worth to me, and earn your paycheck.

 

Others may not concern themselves with these tidbits of information, but I do.

 

Thank you and happy job hunting!

Repost because nothing has changed: Why I am not a journalist!

Originally posted 4/13/2010:

I love to write. I love to do research. I love to read. So, why am I not a journalist?

 

Because your job is harder than mine.

 

You are given or come up with a topic. You work hard to find the right resources and work out a schedule to interview those resources and gather all the necessary information and make a powerful, informative article that people will want to read. Sounds easy to some, but I know better.

 

The topic must be something that you are familiar with, interested in, or can at least relate to. Or for those who just have wonderful skills, be able to KNOW how to sponge the information from various research for use in a fabulous paper for print.

 

Resource can be anyone. Can ramble so badly that you want to shout – GET TO THE POINT, or worse, could answer your questions without really answering your questions. Occasionally the smooth, precise, clear speaker is found, but it is a rarity. (trust me, this I do know.)

 

Scheduling the interviews – Resources can schedule the interview and change ten minutes before it was to begin, as if their time is the only time to consider, or can start the interview and have to go due to some conflicting appointment after just 5 minutes, or even want to do the interview so early in the morning or middle of the night – just because they can. Others just want to talk to hear themselves talk and can go on and on and on. For these however, many of you have your interview stopping statement to bring it to a close, and are so charming when you use it.

 

Those items can be tough enough, but what’s worse is when you are interviewing someone who is so arrogant, uninteresting, incoherent, or a double talker. Someone who assumes you know nothing at all, questions your abilities and knowledge and lets you know it. Or someone who said they could help you in your mission for a really good story and you find out they really have nothing at all. For example, you asked about really great marble to use in a bathroom remodel and they talk about port-a-potties. You know what I mean. And many of you are so diplomatic that you find something – anything – this person has talked about in order to say it was not a wasted appointment.

 

And then there are times the interview goes well. You have what you need and you find that you did the entire 50 minute interview and forgot to turn on your recorder, or it malfunctions during the interview (or after), or your computer crashes and you lose the entire kit and caboodle.

 

All of this is just the items I can decipher from transcribing your interviews. All of this is what amazes me when I see your final product after publication and am amazed how wonderful it is. Your job is much harder than mine.

 

I just transcribe the interviews and other material. If I had to deal with just that kind of “stuff” I would probably be unemployed from saying something like “hey, Buddy, do me a favor and just answer the damn question. And while you’re at it, can you pay attention to what you are responding to and stop eating or calling out to your friends who are walking by as you talk to me, and hey buddy – the phone works better when you talk into it. Can you get any closer to the man yelling in the background, I am not hearing what he is so mad about. I was ready yesterday for our 10 a.m. appointment and you changed it to 3 a.m. so how about pay attention to the questions so I can go back to bed.”

 

Me, I can sit here, transcribe your audio, and smile…better you than me. I will just wait for you to go to print and see how amazing you made the information into something that others can understand and draw from.

 

That is why I am not a journalist. I am just a transcriptionist, here to type your audio, help you meet your deadlines and watch you take all that hard work you do and make an article worth reading, sharing, and discussing for months and months.

 

Better you than me. I will stick to reading your articles thus remaining employed.

 

 

 

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As a journalist, do you ever really have enough time?

As a journalist/writer, when you have a project that has been assigned, there are so many steps to get through to be able to develop the perfect article, the perfect end-product, that it’s a wonder you have enough time in the day to even think about them all.

There are phone calls to make. Interviews to set up and then to hold. Outlines to write, and even the final article/chapter/paper to complete. Possibly even photos to choose. Editors to deal with. The list goes on and on. All the while, juggling the business of life that is always there, and quite frankly more important that any article, book, paper you will ever write – your family.

So when you can, it’s nice to know it’s okay to ask for help. Help that will give you that hour, hours, or even days to handle the other aspects of your project and the important parts of your life. And when you can find that help, and it’s within your budget, that is all the more reason to consider asking for it.

CLK Transcription understands the needs of the journalist. We understand their deadlines and we understand their budgets. We have been fortunate to be able to assist many with their audio/video transcription and we have grown to understand that their audio is a valuable tool in their work, but that the transcription of it is time-consuming and cumbersome for them to handle on their own. It, quite frankly, can interfere with the completing the project itself and absolutely interrupts the family time they could have if they just didn’t have to do it themselves.

 

The good news is THEY DON’T!

CLK Transcription can handle their audio/video transcription and develop a quality document, and return it to them in most cases within 36 hours or less. Now they can get on with the project and get on with their enjoyment of a little bit of family time. We even transcribe voice mail. Yes, many can get that service for free, but are the messages usable, understandable, or delivered timely? If it’s free, do you get what you pay for?

We are able to work with any downloadable audio, and yes, we work with cassettes, DVDs and CDs. We even convert white paper to an electronic document. And if you have an audio you want to transcribe yourself, but just need it converted to a different medium – we can do that, too! We even offer a FTP site for those who need the transferability of their files to others. All at a cost that fits within your budget.

So, when you have a project and you need a little or a lot of help with the transcription, why not find out how we can assist? You may just find the time and money you have been looking for.

We are an email away from starting your project today and having it back to you with a day or so. We are US owned and operated and never send anything off shore. We offer a confidentiality agreement to every client. We never use speech recognition, and every project is proofread before delivery.

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CAROLLEE KIDD ACCEPTED AS A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL WOMEN

News Release For Immediate Release

CAROLLEE KIDD ACCEPTED AS A MEMBER
OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL WOMEN

Tobyhanna, PA, December 8, 2015 – CarolLee Kidd, President of CLK Transcription, Inc., has been accepted as a member of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), the leading organization for women’s personal and professional empowerment.

“I’m proud to become part of this prestigious organization,” says Kidd, a longtime A Pocono Country Place, Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania resident. “The NAPW is the largest, most-recognized national networking organization of professional women in the country. I’ve worked hard to be the type of business owner whom they select for membership.”

In 2007, Kidd founded CLK Transcription, Inc. (CLK). For many years prior, she had been a document specialist in the banking, brokerage, and health care fields. CLK provides both medical and non-medical transcription service for clients throughout the U.S. and the world. While she provides service worldwide, Kidd stresses that all her workers are located in the United States.

In addition to two full-time employees, Kidd employs over 36 independent contractors regularly, and—during busy times—up to 60. Her contractors are both women and men, and many are veterans, disabled, single mothers, or those who also work other jobs as well.

“I love what I do for a number of reasons,” says Kidd. “I learn something every day. I am able to help my clients get their projects done by providing the transcriptions they need.

“I also really enjoy helping others work and earn money. Knowing that I am helping American business owners realize their potential–that is truly a gift.”

For more information about CarolLee Kidd or CLK Transcription, Inc., call 570-216-4628 or visit www.CLKTranscription.com.

-END-

Consider the format you save your audio/video files when forwarding to your transcriptionist

Although we here at CLK Transcription can handle all downloadable formats, some formats need converting before transcription, and others are so large they take time to download, log, and upload.

For example:

  • If you don’t need embedded time code, consider saving in mp3 format. Transfer speeds for video formats vary, and some can take a considerable amount of time just to reach us.
  • If recording on Apple product, be sure to save in format that plays on other devices. An Apple m4a format will only play one side of the conversation unless converted in iTunes to a m4a version playable on other devices.
  • Files such as WebEx files that require their own player/program to be downloaded also take a great amount of time to transfer – it is just the nature of the beast. We can download and convert, but again, additional processing time is needed.

Currently CLK Transcription has 150 files to download in mov format from one client. At the 1 hour to transfer for every 5 files due to size, this could be interesting since the client wants them back in 24 hours. Yes, the client had the same issue uploading to us.

Yeah, that expected TAT is not something the rock star CLK Team can handle right now. Even though they only total about an hour of audio to transcribe, download time is a factor. We could say, “yes”, but why blow a deadline for a client? We are moving them ASAP, but at least they have a  realistic time frame to work with, and having great communication with our clients allows us to better serve their needs, and allows them to expedite their future projects as well.

Many other transcriptionists/transcription companies do not have the ability to convert due to cost of or knowledge/experience with programs, and some may not have the bandwidth to handle a load like this, along with other work arriving during any given day.

Again, CLK Transcription can handle any downloadable format and has no bandwidth issues to consider, but keep in mind, additional processing time is needed in cases like this, making a priority status not always realistic.

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End of the Summer. YEAH!

With the end of August we find schools are opening their doors and our children are back to the grind of books and learning, the cooler weather is coming and people are done with those warm weather vacations.

I could not be happier, and I love summer heat.

Why?

Because this year has been the busiest we’ve been here at CLK, and with it came the summer months and vacations, and kids being home, and illnesses, and fires, and even more than a few weddings and honeymoons, and those things slowed us down in the production end, even as we geared up and increased staff.

Every member of the team is happy to be getting back to the real regular grind of a work schedule with less interruption and less distraction.

Many of our clients have been so understanding and we hope we have taken opportunities to make it up to those we have had to turn projects away and say ‘we can’t’ to. It is one of the hardest things we have had to do, but rather than be dishonest and make promises we can’t keep, we feel being honest in our ability to handle a deadline is better in the end for everyone involved.

It has been busy, but busy is great, right?

Except that we, here at CLK Transcription, understand that every piece of audio or video, and every hard copy conversion, or any project that we accept or that we have to turn away is more important to the client than it is to our opportunity to say we assisted them in completion, and we take it to heart when we cannot do what we do best – meet a deadline and help our clients meet theirs.

So now with the end of the summer, and the summer madness over, we are happy to be able to get back to the work that we love so much on a regular frantic schedule.

We learned a lot this summer. We continued and will continue to increase staffing and offer continued education for all the transcriptionists here, and we have worked on increased scheduling for the weekends, with a cutoff for priorities and project files accepted in the evenings and on weekends, so that we could continue to treat every client as the valued client they are here at CLK Transcription.

Some may have found those changes too much to bear and moved on, but we hope that in the end, they will realize these changes were made for every client and their projects and will once again let CLK Transcription assist with their transcription needs. We are ready and willing to remind them of why CLK Transcription’s team of transcriptionists rock!

 

We truly love what we do.                                                Bring on autumn.

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Are you a good communicator? How do you communicate?

COMMUNICATION:

By and large, communication (from Latin commūnicāre, meaning “to share”) is a purposeful activity of exchanging information and meaning across space and time using various technical or natural means, whichever is available or preferred. (Excerpted from wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communication)

Let me begin by saying, I am the same communicator, whether it be with family, friends, or business / professional contacts. Some have called me Wordy, Email Annie, and even Boring when I communicate with them. I embrace all those titles, because they come following a lack of interaction by those very same people.

My feeling on the flow of great communication is that there is a topic broached, questions are asked, information is given, and a discussion / debate over opinions and information is held until an understanding is met. Notice I did not say an agreement. You can communicate ideas and have lively debate and still be a great communicator and agree to disagree. However you cannot have discussion without good information and good interactions, and you cannot communicate without also hearing the words of others.

The purpose of good communication is to foster lively debate, disseminate / gather accurate information, and to listen. Yes, listen. To consider the points of view of others and all of the information given and received.

It is also crucial to consider the end result as it relates to the decisions considered based on the communications held. Some decisions we make in our life affect not only ourselves but so many others around us. Is it fair to make those decisions without proper communication? Is it fair to those affected by our decisions to improperly or inadequately disseminate information to them? To halfheartedly communicate with them?

An uninformed discussion is only allowed when you do not allow or do not embrace proper communication.

You can learn a lot from someone’s ability to communicate. Do they have input? Do they understand the information that is flowing? Are they open to a lively discussion? Are they always attempting to tell you what you meant, rather than ask for clarity? Do they base their decisions on what they thought you meant, rather than attempting to gain a better understanding?

You cannot…I repeat, absolutely, positively cannot, have any personal or professional growth without being a good communicator. Ask questions. Search for information. Seek discussion. And listen.

You need to choose to give as much information as possible and to ask for as much input from others as they care to give. Their desire to share or lack thereof, should not be allowed to stall your personal growth.

To be a great communicator, you must participate and you must be informed, not just blowing words to the wind hoping they make sense somewhere in the conversation. Stalling discussion because you don’t try to understand, don’t ask questions, are disinterested or have no desire to learn, is not fair to those who are in the conversation with purpose.

Yes, I use my words. If I communicate anything that is not understood, I expect a great communicator to ask for directness. If I communicate something that is felt to reap of sarcasm, I expect a great communicator to ask for a clarity.

You cannot expect everyone to be great communicators. You will meet people who are great speakers, great arbitrators, and great followers, but not great communicators. They do not relish a back and forth, lively discussion on various topics. They say their piece and expect you to listen and understand with limited interaction. Rules, rules, rules. Others will listen long enough to be a conduit for information, but that doesn’t mean they understand the information that is flowing. Still, others will go with the flow of the majority or the loudest, or the strongest in the discussion, rather than have the passion to have their own opinions understood, or worse yet, don’t have the drive to become knowledgeable and contribute to the discussion.

Choose to use your words and listen to others because words are how we grow, personally and professionally. Communicate. Never use a personal disinterest in any topic as a way of trying to silence another great communicator. One day, you may just have something to discuss.

I know a lot of great communicators. I learn from them every day. I hope I offer that to many as well.

How do you communicate?

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