Blog post: a book I just finished

I’m in the process of the 2015 good reads challenge. I’m tryig to choose books I take interest in. One of them is here for you to enjoy, the review is anyway. I hope the third book is goig to be good as well. I started it and so far D.E Johnson has not disappointed me. Following is the review. Thoughts? Leave them in the comments on this post.

Motor City ShakedownMotor City Shakedown by D.E. Johnson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved the history of the story. Very well done.

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Unboxing and first impressions of a pop filter I baught

I take a look at this pop filter from Editor’s Keys which is a screen that prevents much if any air from hitting the mic when a “p” or “b” or anything that is a harsh voiced or unvoiced consonant from hitting the mic. I have a bit of trouble putting it together then get the hang of it. You get to hear it at the end of the podcast.


blog post: a rant against the REV Corporation

I normally don’t’ rant on a subject unless I’m feeling the need to expose flaws in a company, project, review, person, etc. Today’s rant is going to be about the rev company.

I went to apply on Saturday February 21 with their transcription service to try and get work there. After all you can learn a lot when you transcribe audio in to text, for example wood working etc. The beginning was accessible on the website, I had to do the following.

  1. List my contact info
  2. Provide a writing sample.
  3. transcribe a piece of audio
  4. Upload my resume.

All of this went well until the transcription. The editor is half way accessible. It has keyboard shortcuts, but when you need to edit a mistake you cannot. No text is echoed when you arrow through by line, word, etc. I should add the style guide is half way usable with google docs.

I submitted my entry to the best of my ability. I then wrote them the following email.

My name is Sarah Alawami and I just submitted an application to become a transcriptionist. I might have bombed the transcription part but i assure you it was not me.

I’m visually impaired and have issues with the editor. Is there another way I can redo the transcription, perhaps type it out in text edit then paste it all in to the box? I can work easier in there, or i can redo the test and send it to you in word doc format or pdf. I had a bit of trouble with the slides and style guide, how ever I did try my best with what I could read with my screen reader. I want to make this easier on the staff of REV. I use your product on my iPhone all and love it, and I want to have the same wonderful experience working for you guys as well as using the audio app for my own needs.

Take care and have a wonderful day. >

I received an email stating they would look at my application yesterday and they were planning to make the editor a bit more accessible or have the person submit a document instead, how ever they had no date ( not surprising).

Fast forward to today when I received an email from them stating I did not get the job. I’m used to rejection letters but this one takes the cake. Following is an entry from what I like to call my job journal.

Entry from my job journal

Applied to REV voice recording for a transcription job on 21 February. The application process is accessible until the editor. Then it half way is. I spoke to them and they said they would review my application. Here is their response.

Dear Sarah Alawami,
Thank you for applying for the transcriptionist position with Rev. We have rigorous minimum standards and unfortunately your application did not meet those.
Please do not contact Rev regarding this decision, as we are unable to further elaborate on our reasons.
Again, thank you for your interest in working with Rev. You may re-apply in six months.
Rev Recruiting

My reaction

I posted about this on facebook and a lot of people agree with me that what they did is uncalled for.

What do I intend to do about this? I plan to remove REV voice recorder from my iOs device as I will not support a company that is rude to their future job applicants. This as I stated is uncalled for and I urge all of you to leave a bad review, or what ever it takes to get this companies attention. if they are going to treat me like this, who knows how they treat their employees.

comments? I want your thoughts on what to do next. If the rest of the job market is like this, then getting a job to me is pointless. Leave your feedback in the comments.

Looking at weafo

In this review, I quickly go overweafo an iOs app that is designed to transfer between iOs and any computer voice memos etc with extensions[1]

The app is 100 percent accessible, except for the tutorial, that I show is not accessible at all. I had to read the iTunes description to know how to do this. Any feedback from the dev on this would be much appreciated.

  1. You are only going to see extensions in iOs 8 and later. If you want to set this up you must go to more and slide the switch for weafo to on if it is not already. Do this only if it does not show.