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A few weeks ago, my contract as a curriculum writer expired. It was a wonderful contract, but I knew that my work was done and there wasn’t an option for renewal (I had to say goodbye to $50 an hour, five hour days!). That left me scrambling for work to fill my schedule. You see, I work as a managing editor for Unsolicited Press, but that doesn’t result in a paycheck. It’s all ROI work and someday it will pay off, but today isn’t the day. I usually fill my days with freelance projects (editing and writing), but this fall has been slow, so I have been looking into a few outlets. Here is what I came up with – these companies are hiring in 2018 and if you are looking for a job, it’s important to get on board early.
Others that were hiring in 2017 and may still have positions open:
GreatAuPair, The Hartford, Motorola Solutions, Western Governors University, Walden University, Crawford & Company, Overland Solutions, an EXL company, Cigna, SYKES, Citizens Bank, Achieve Test Prep, Kronos, CVS Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Lenovo, and American Heart Association.
Lately, I have been picking up a ton of transcription work. Wait, what did I just say? Yep, transcription work. I never thought of myself as a transcriber, but when I really think about, what else is a writer, but a scribe? Too bad, I can’t put scribe on my resume; I have to settle for transcriptionist (ew, right?).
I don’t do audio transcription or video work…unless, it’s porn, then sure. That is always funny. My favorite work is text-to-text transcription. Clients hire me to type up handwritten work that they either cannot decipher on their own, or just don’t have the time to do.
A lot of the work is historical, and then is thrilling. Recently I transcribed land patent documents for the Cherokee nation. Working for the Cherokee nation has always been a pleasure because I feel that I am empowering them, as they seek to gain more of their land back. My poor Irish European roots way of saying, “I totally understand and I am sorry for your loss.”
Back to the point, though. I love rewriting things. In fact, I can’t learn anything without rewriting it. Not kidding. You could show me a lecture or have me listen to a podcast on mind-identity theory, and I couldn’t tell you anything about it at the end, other than if I think the professor is married or not. That I could tell you.
I might remember something. As you can see, I just told you that I recently listened to a podcast about mind-identity theory on a bud ride to Eugene. It was a little over two hours long. All I got at the end was my impression of the professor based on his voice, his intonations, and his need to remind his in-class students that he isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel. And something about the organization he started, that he is clearly promoting via the podcast. But, I didn’t grasp it…I pulled some keywords from it: neurons, mind, identity, and a few other words that I am very familiar with…but at the end of the lecture, I had no idea what his argument or point was…what the hell was I supposed to take away from this. Damn. I don’t consider it a loss of time because I pray that the information is in their somewhere and eventually, it will surface.
But, if you give me the lecture, and let me rewrite the whole thing BY HAND…I will have memorized it for life. It is how I did so well in high school and in college.
I would rewrite the textbooks. And then I was done. I could tell you what page certain information was on and even organize the material for you, the way a point-and-click website builder works.
I am a natural born writer. Oddly, enough, my writing has been such an amazing tool for me as a learner and as a pay-the-bills sort of gal.
But yes, text-to-text transcription. So cool. I’m a scribe.