Landing Your First Medical Transcription Job
As you might imagine, the market for work-at-home jobs is booming. There is obvious appeal for a variety of individuals, including stay at home moms, retired seniors, military wives, and people with obligations or disabilities that make it difficult to obtain traditional employment. Breaking into the field can be difficult, but if you have collected your tools, invested in a good MT education, and have gotten your hands on all the practice you can find, you are going to be ahead of the curve.
Before you apply for your first medical transcription job, make sure that you have these three goals completed.
Collect Your Supplies
You are about to go beyond your basic checklist, and will need to have a full arsenal of supplies. As an independent contractor, you are responsible for maintaining all supplies necessary in order to perform your job. Check out our Professional MT Supply List.
If you are spending time on this website, you might find this redundant, but I cannot stress enough how important it is to invest in a good MT education. Please visit our Education Center for help in making this important decision.
Finding Your First Medical Transcription Job
New transcriptionists find it difficult to start working directly for a doctor or hospital right out of school, so it is a good idea to start out with a company who can help you improve your skills. Study your corrections and you will be typing error-free reports in no time. As an entry-level medical transcriptionist, it may seem that finding your first medical transcription job is nearly impossible. With just a little imagination and broadening your job search, you will certainly find a transcription job within the medical field.
Below are links to job seeking advice and few reputable job search sites for medical transcription jobs, both for work-at-home transcriptionists and in-house workers. Be wary of any company that asks you to give them money up front to purchase software or supplies in order to work; reputable employers will supply their workers with any special software programs they need.
The process of applying for a medical transcription job will vary depending on what kind of company you are applying to. Some companies have extensive applications and testing that is part of the process. Some companies will only offer you a test if you have passed their initial screening.
Before you start an application process with a company, try to do some research on the company and what their application and testing process is like. Make sure that you leave enough time and focus to dedicate to finish the process.
Above all, be respectful of the hiring manager's time. Don't ask to be tested just for the experience. Make sure you actually want the job before asking someone to invest time in you.