I was just reading another board about jobs, college degrees, etc. And I think having shorthand on a resume might help a little. At least, it's an eye catcher and they may just invite you in to an interview to find out more about you... When interviewing, you can cite your initiative to learn shorthand at home as evidence of your drive to be an efficient and fully skilled employee. It may not be the first thing on the resume, unless like above, they require it. But maybe with typing
Because I was bored and caught up at work, I was seeing what other skills I could gain for my job and found this posting of another job (too far for me...)
------ Applicant is required to be organized and dependable with excellent communication skills. Additionally, must be an excellent typist with transcription skills from Dictaphone, able to take shorthand, computer knowledge and experience with Word and will handle travel reservations and appointments.
Excellent salary and benefits provided commensurate with experience. ----------
I'm thinking the "shorthand" is for meetings. That's the only thing it's really used for now days. Or notes. Or phone messages.
I found this on another board... just posting it for an FYI... that there are still some people out there who want shorthand as a skill in their employees...
------------------------------------ I am looking for an Executive Administrative Assistant who knows shorthand and can take dictation. My employer needs someone who can sit with him while he dictates emails and letters. There would, of course, be other duties. But these are the most important for him and I am having a very hard time finding someone. I have advertised on craigslist and found no one. I have looked for Secretarial Schools in New York and found none. I have calls into Business Schools with Administrative Assistant programs and am waiting for calls back from placement offices to see if they even still teach shorthand! Can anyone here help?? Anyone looking for a full time job like this in the city? Or know anyone who is? Or know schools that still teach it?
the lowest was 80wpm and this was the highest speed required:
Reporting Stenographer, Shorthand Reporter, and Closed Microphone Reporter
Shorthand Reporter and Closed Microphone Reporter, GS-7 and above: 175 words per minute dictation speed
The maximum number of errors allowed in a dictation sample for these three [there were 3 and the one above at 175 wpm was one] positions equals 5 percent of the required dictation speed multiplied by the number of minutes in the sample.
Any profession where you're on the phone. Shorthand can be a valuable skill in writing telephone messages (especially those voice messages where people talk faster on those then in real life). Transcribing them doesn't have to be done if it's for you, but can be if needed.
"Gregg Shorthand had achieved the most extraordinary success ever attained by any system in the history of shorthand." John Robert Gregg, 1922
Executives who know how to write shorthand find it useful skill when outline responses to a communication through e-mail or regular mail before typing it up.
Recording pertinent information in a meeting where a laptop cannot be brought in. Maybe a one-on-one with their manager.
Important information during an impromptu meeting and you didn't bring a phone or laptop because it wasn't seen as a need.
During a sit down with an employee and you don't want to appear informal with them. You just bring a notepad and a pen. No phone, no laptop, etc., just you and the employee.
When brainstorming with other employees, a laptop may be in the way, but a notepad and pen is perfectly acceptable. Writing in shorthand the ideas that come quickly can be valuable to the executive (or other employee who writes shorthand).
When your laptop dies or is stolen.
When you are having computer or software problems.
When you can't undock your laptop.
When your laptop is in the trunk and you run into visit a client or customer.
When your laptop keyboard is noisy and you are in a quiet place.
An attorney with shorthand skills can save valuable time by writing research notes in shorthand when a laptop isn't available. They might find it easier to copy from the book into shorthand, rather then tye it in a computer.
Take down what someone says when a recording device or laptop make it inconvenient or not available.
An attorney can quickly record information and draft questions in shorthand while in court. Since it's quick, the attorney can write down the responses and draft questions quickly without missing any of the court proceedings.
Shorthand can be used to record testimony during legal proceedings.
Some draw up documents on the fly and type in a word processor later. Could even be just the information that later will be filled in forms used over and over.
A newsroom can be exciting and hectic. If a reporter uses shorthand, strokes can be recorded quickly.
when talking with someone for a article or newscast, and walking or standing, writing shorthand canbe be used to obtain a complete and accurate record of the interview.
Newscasters can use shorthand to annotate typed copy.
Notepads won't ring like a cell phone recording the interview. There was a news segment about it just happening, but I couldn't find it. Here's an older one: Watch "Derek Jeter answers phone during Derek Jeter Day press conference" on YouTube www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxcWpnqjzbw&feature=youtu.be
Agreed about job interviews. Most of the competition can do the job (at least according to the resume). Shorthand might interest them enough for an interview, if only to try giving dictation.
I feel for the assistant whose boss needs a stenographer. Very old-school, or perhaps from another country. I hope he found someone, or a good recording program.
Stenography used to be a good entry into law, back before law school was required. Lawyers used to hire their own stenographers, so they had transcripts faster. The stenographers saw behind the scenes and met everyone.
You know. There was a news story today about someone getting into a lot of very sensitive government computers. Having that kind of sensitive information in shorthand, is a sure way to know it would not fall into the wrong hands. I bet people who know Gregg shorthand are about 1 in 100,000 these days.