“Est”, an interesting suffix, denoting the ultimate. Where I live in New York City we have many “est” accolades.
The New York Police Department is called “New York’s Finest”, the firefighters are “New York’s Bravest”; the Sanitary Engineers (newspeek for garbage collectors) are “New York’s Strongest”, and the Corrections Personnel (prison guards) are “New York’s Boldest”.
While I normally dislike the adoption of new words into the lexicon; here and now I’m going to coin a new word. My readers and all 123Notary.com members, with a very few exceptions; are the “Notaryest” available anywhere. We are several thousand strong, and fully one fourth of us have passed the no nonsense
123Notary.com certification test. I would love to see that number climb to 100%; but, there are good reasons that is unobtainable.
While many of the bEST of us (there is that “est” again) have taken the test, we are an open fraternity. We welcome “newbies” into our fold and offer them hard learned tips and advice to give them an edge. The newly minted notaries will have to spend some time “in the trenches” gaining experience, and take a course or two prior to passing any test. Some will exceed beyond all others their skills and knowledge. They will become holders of the coveted “Elite” status, by passing a second and far more grueling exam. Presently, a bit less than five percent of the membership has achieved that level and are the best of the best!
Around here,123Notary.com, you might be surprised to learn that more than half the members are Female; we are certainly not an “Old Boys Club” at all! Speaking of “old” – Jeremy has informed me that the average age of the membership is about fifty; that was good news. We are a mature and cautious lot, restrained and not impulsive in thought or deed. My fellow members bring much in the way of life experience to the Notary task; having an average of half a century honing their interpersonal skills.
Tenure? Well not exactly, but duration of membership can be determined by your “N” number. That number is assigned to each new member sequentially. Mine is 922. The lowest (that “est” again) still active is held by Nan A, with number 8, a longtime member since year 2000. If you don’t know your “N” number email Jeremy; it’s important that you confirm your listing regularly and the “N” number is needed to login to do that.
Are you a very inactive member? If so, you are missing out on the sharing of information that WILL help you to both do a better job and to earn more money. We share information on non-paying “duds” and also how we use our Notary authority to do more than to notarize signatures. Of course your state laws regulate what you are permitted to do. However, there are probably numerous avenues of revenue that you have not explored.
In every association of many thousands of members there will be some disrespectful people. Their problem is that they do not like themselves. Rather than look in the mirror to curse; they write spiteful dribble on the
Forum. I choose to simply ignore them; perhaps you will too. Those looking to pick a “fight” go away when nobody responds to their antics. But don’t be scared off by this paragraph. The vast majority of members are really kind and helpful souls. My experience as a http://newyorkmobilenotarypublic.com with the forum and blogs has been overwhelmingly positive; yours will be too.
As an elite (I hope someday you get to take and pass that test) member, you have shown your desire to be the NotaryEST you can be. There are no statistics as to “quality of assignments”. But I would venture the opinion that those with a few reviews, a decent notes section and perhaps having passed one or both exams get the “primo jobs”. Those are the ones where the dollars are big; for both the documents and the notary fee.
(1) Newly minted notaries need to spend some time in “the trenches” to get some valuable experience.
(2) More than half of notaries on 123notary.com are female. So much for the old boys club!
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