Unless you live in a very remote area where notary services are few and far between, companies do not always immediately call you when you fill out an application online. You often have to follow-up with a resume or a professional cover letter that lets the company know you are interested in working with them and are dependable and knowledgeable.
However, most companies will not hire notaries with no experience unless you have proven to them you are dependable and worth taking a chance on. This is because they have been “burned” in the past by inaccurate signings that were done by lazy and incompetent notaries. Some companies may even ask you to take a test before signing up to work for them to verify you have some type of knowledge as a notary signing agent. And the worst part is that if you have no experience you will be forced to take the low-rate $40and $50 assignments which do nothing but cost you money in the long run. (It’s the same thing as a person with no college education who often must take minimum wage-paying jobs.)
Therefore, you need to make a decision right now. Are you willing to invest a few weeks into learning how to do a professional job and obtaining more education before signing up with companies — or do you sign up with them in an attempt to make a fast buck and destroy your company? The choice is yours.
Many new notaries will email me with the question: “When I fill out an online application to sign-up with a company — what information am I sup-posed to put in the “prior experience” area of the application form if I have no experience?” The answer is to get some “prior experience.” That experience could be obtained from meeting with a notary in your area (like we just discussed) and going on a few signings. Then, when you fill out the application, you can state that you have been in attendance at ___ (number) of signings and personally trained by a notary signing agent with __ years experience. This will put you ahead of the competition.
Of course, some people like to skip this step. This is why their business is short-lived and they don’t make much money. Notaries who get their commission today and begin signing up to work as a notary signing agent tomorrow is the same thing as a person trying to drive a car without any prior training. They will either crash their car or kill themselves. The same holds true for a notary who does not obtain the proper training in mortgage closings BEFORE signing up to work for the mortgage, title and signing companies. So I urge you to take the time to complete this important step. I guarantee the rewards are worth it!
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