People who fail our test or who do not want to take our test hide behind their years. It is a cover up for lack of knowledge.
JEREMY: You failed my test!
NOTARY: Well sonny, I’ve been doing this for 20 years so I must know what I’m doing.
JEREMY: You don’t even know how to give an Oath or keep a journal. You not only do not know what you are doing, but you are endangering the public.
NOTARY: You’re mean!
JEREMY: You are worse than mean. You could get someone in financial or legal trouble from your ineptitude!
If you have been a Notary for 20 years, but only did one loan per year, that is 20 loans. That is why when I ask to know how many loans you have signed, I really don’t want to hear years. On the other hand, you could tell me number of loans and be mistaken or dishonest. On the other hand there are those who have signed ten thousand loans with their eyes virtually shut who don’t know their documents at all because they don’t read the documents and because the borrowers don’t ask questions that require the Notary to think.
That is why I think that a knowledge test is a better analytic than years, or number of loans. You can be in business for 20 years and know absolutely nothing. I’m not sure how that is possible, but I have many Notaries to prove that it is indeed possible. You can have signed 20,000 loans and know nothing. But, if you ace my test, you know something.
So, never tell people how many years you have been doing this. Hiring parties such as Title companies see right through this. It is BS. Tell them about the types of experience you have and be more specific. That will sound more knowledgeable to someone who has knowledge themself who is going to potentially hire you or list you on their directory.
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