The world is a lot smaller of a place than it used to be. Social media sites like Facebook and LinkedIn are changing the way we communicate. For those of us who have been in the industry a long time, it seems almost unreal but it’s happening. At first glance, you might not see it but here are a few of the benefits of social media for court reporters:
Connecting with Community
When people outside the industry hear “court reporting,” they think we’re working in courtrooms across the nation. While a percentage of the 32,000 reporters do work in court, many work outside a legal setting. In fact, many work from home as freelance reporters. Left alone to work in a home office, it can feel like you’re disconnected but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Connect with a community of court reporters in groups on Facebook and LinkedIn. Ask and answer questions and build relationships with reporters across the nation. Share what you’ve learned over the years. For those who want to share even more, we recommend publishing on LinkedIn on topics like the benefits of court reporting, best practices for working from home, and the court reporter shortage. Who knows, you could land a new client just from putting yourself on social media talking about your work!
Social media is a great opportunity to educate about our growing industry. We often hear that court reporting is a dying profession and that simply isn’t true! There are a growing number of opportunities that go well beyond legal realm. Public relations, sports reporting, closed captioning and other services for the hearing impaired, business settings transcribing webinars, seminars, and live events, to name a few.
If you’re detail-oriented and focused with an attention to detail, this is a profession worth investigating.
The reality is that a court reporter shortage is already happening in pockets across the nation. The best way to combat the shortage is to use social media to share information about the industry like that it takes as little as 24-36 months to be a certified court reporter, earnings start at an average of $43,000 and increase to six figures. Because of the demand, reporters are able to create their own schedules and earning potential. That means if you love to travel or want family time to raise kids, you can do that working the hours that help you reach your goals.
We encourage you to share your story of being a court reporter on social media. The more reporters who are doing this, the better the chances of filling classrooms with new students, and avoiding a shortage.
If you’re interested in learning more about court reporting in the Boston area, or are in need of a reporter for an upcoming deposition, contact us today!