Your Medical Transcription Resume
Many medical transcriptionists want a sample medical transcription resume to follow in order to know what should be included in a resume. Your medical transcription resume should be carefully written, but it also should be simple and brief.
Here are some points to consider when crafting your resume:
1) Be as succinct as possible in your medical transcription resume, and highlight what skill sets you bring to the table, but don't write a book about yourself. Remember, a hiring manager potentially has hundreds of applications and resume's to sort through. If they are presented with a novel, or a resume obviously full of fluff, they might just skip it and move onto the next.
2) Key in on the specific skill sets being sought for this particular medical transcription position.
3) Include other vital information, such as volunteer work or supervisory/managerial positions that you've held while working as a medical transcriptionist.
3) When submitting a resume for consideration, always follow the directions listed in the job posting. This is your first opportunity to show that you can follow directions, in a field that has high expectations for following directions. If you are submitting a resume unsolicited, I suggest that you email, and do not call. Hiring mangers are busy people, and often hiring is an added duty on top of their regular work load. In this case, inconveniencing them with a phone call will not earn you brownie points. instead, email your resume with a short, personal cover letter. Make it easy on the hiring manager by copy/pasting your resume content into the body of the email after your cover paragraph, in addition to attaching it as a file.
4) This might be the most important tip of all: Print out a copy of your resume and have a friend proofread it and check it for grammar, formatting and punctuation. Your resume is your first impression on a potential employer. You are likely claiming spelling, grammar, punctuation, and attention to detail as some of your strengths, so if you can't even craft a resume that is free of errors, it is quite possible that the hiring manager won't even bother considering you for the job.
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Make it easy for your potential employer to get in touch with you however is easiest for them. Make sure that you use a professional sounding personal email address. It should not be shared (i.e., firstname.lastname@example.org), and it should not be something that reflects on your private life (i.e., email@example.com).
Include your recent transcription education information here. Make sure that you specify which program you attended, your graduation date, and a few pertinent facts about the program, as seen in the example here.
Note that you should not include your high school, or that associate's degree in art history that you got 20 years ago. Keep it current and relevant.
Skills & Qualifications
Highlight your relevant skill-set. Typing, grammar, and experience working with relevant software and equipment is all important information. Don't bother listing skills that you have for irrelevant professions, such as your experience with self-propelled lawn mowers and chainsaws which you learned at your last landscaping job. Again, keep it current and relevant.
Again, relevance is the word of the day when it comes to listing your experience.
It would be better to leave out the experience section, or to put a brief paragraph about the sample dictation you have been using to keep your skills sharp, than to put a laundry list of irrelevant experience in this section.
I promise you, potential employers do not want to skim through your history of being a dog groomer or Taco Bell cashier, unless there is a skill there that would relate to medical transcription, or some aspect of performing the job you are applying for.
123 Main Street
Americaland, CO 12345
Career Step: Graduated 2015 with Honors
* Transcribed over 900 reports and edited over 400 reports in a wide variety of accents and dialects.
* Work types included: clinic notes, history and physical reports, consultations, discharge summaries, operative reports, emergency room reports, procedure notes, progress notes, radiology reports, etc.
* Courses in grammar, editing, proofreading, anatomy, and pathophysiology.
SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
* Typing speed of 120-130 w.p.m. with 95% accuracy;
* Strong editing, grammar, and punctuation skills;
* Excellent research skills, using books, software, and relevant internet sources, to verify accuracy of work;
* Fluent with software and hardware necessary to perform the job, including Microsoft Word, FTP upload/download, dictation players, medical dictionaries, and text expanders;
* Reliable, resourceful, and work well independently.
March 2014 to Present
Transcription Associates, Springfield, OR
Medical Transcription Internship; oncology, orthopedics, psychiatry
Supervisor: Billy Boss
January 2010- March 2014
Daybright Nursing Home, Springfield, OR
Medical Records; updated medical records for residents
Supervisor: Sheila Supervisor