Most Notaries think that if they hype themselves up as being Notary know it alls, that people will hire them. The more discriminating and experienced clients will not. A seasoned buyer will want to know if you follow directions, and if you know your basic Notary knowledge. Claiming you do doesn’t make it so — and the buyers know this. This is why I ask people questions over the phone about basic Notary no-no’s and procedures. Most Notaries do not know their stuff well enough to bear a stamp, and their states don’t get it. Rather than relying on self-promotion, bragging, and long stories telling people how many years you’ve been doing this, rely on proof. Third party credibility.
When I ask people Notary questions many say,
“Well, I’ve been doing this for 30 years, I better know what I’m doing.”
Commentary: I test Notaries over the phone. Those who have been Notaries for 30 years mostly have been doing it wrong for 30 years. Number of years doesn’t correspond to level of knowledge. Those with a closed mind do not accumulate more knowledge every year. They just keep doing it the wrong way they always have been doing it and never crack a book or ask questions.
“Well, I’m a Real Estate Broker, so I’m VERY familiar with the docs.”
Commentary: Real Estate Brokers are NOT that familiar with the documents. When I ask them Notary and document questions, they normally fall on their face. To become familiar with the documents, I suggest actually reading them and studying their salient features. Signing Agent courses often will teach you what the critical information on each document is.
Telling the world how great you are is nowhere near as good as proving it. If you pass the 123notary certification test, that proves you are at a certain level of knowledge. It might not be a high level of knowledge, but it is above 80% of the other Notaries on our site. Notary2Pro also offers excellent educational resources. NNA is a good source of knowledge, but their testing standards are very different from ours, so don’t think that the NNA certification is the same certification that we have under a different name. It reflects a very different level of expertise and the course materials are very different as well. I will not say better or worse, but, very different.
One Notary complained that the NNA was testing them on real life situations and claimed that was not necessary. I disagree, I think the NNA is doing the right thing and I commend them. If you know your documents, but screw up in a real life situation and can’t get through a signing, you just lost a $500,000 loan.
123notary recommends that you get certified by any agency who you advertise with. With us, you only have to pass our test once per lifetime. Those who pass our test get credibility that is recognized us and those who use our site. Additionally, 123notary certified Notaries get more than double the business from our site that uncertified Notaries get. NNA certification will help you on signingagent.com, but not on 123notary. So, if you plan on sticking with us, just roll up your sleeves and start studying and take our online test!
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