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New feature supports transcriber recruitment

Spring is the season for recruiting new transcribers! TypeWell's teaching team is gearing up for summer training, which is when we traditionally see the highest numbers of candidates enrolled in the Basic Skills Course.

It can be challenging for schools and businesses to find qualified candidates to send through the training. TypeWell's screening tests — which previously only measured a candidate's typing speed — now include English grammar and listening skills, too. 

(Why are there stringent requirements for the Basic Skills Course?)

Incoming Mail Box

Having trouble finding qualified candidates? Now you can view their application status and follow up if needed.

Even though it takes just half an hour to apply for the course, some prospective transcribers aren't able to complete the application in one sitting. Could that mean that schools and businesses are losing good candidates without even realizing it? Not anymore!

We just launched a simple new online form that allows potential employers — we call them "course sponsors" — to request more detailed information about their applicants' status. This enables employers to follow up directly with those applicants who look promising.

We also added a new input field where applicants specify how they learned about the TypeWell job position for which they're applying. This will help recruiters determine which channels are most effective for listing job opportunities.

photo credits: (above) bcostin via photopin cc; (sidebar) {Guerrilla Futures | Jason Tester} via photopin cc

Are you interested in how we decide which features to develop for the TypeWell community? Check out the Feature Request Board on Trello. On the "Live" list, you'll see this card about the new page described above!


Kate Ervin

Kate became a TypeWell transcriber in 2004 and began training new transcribers in 2009. She has served as TypeWell's Executive Director since 2011.

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