Landing Your First Medical Transcription Job

Medical Transcription Jobs

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.

Foundations First

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.

Medical Transcription Training

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.

Build Your Resume

If you have studied your socks off, you are nailing accuracy on your practice files, and you think you are ready to apply for a real MT position, make sure that you get your resume in order. Check out these general tips and guidelines for preparing your first resume.

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.


Job Search
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Search here for Medical Transcription jobs posted on You can customize your serach by using "home" or "remote" as keywords, to show companies that hire home workers. provides job listings, as well as a career overview, education requirements, and salary information.

CareerBuilder is a trusted resource for job seekers of all kinds.

This site has a nice-sized job bank and search options. Although most of their jobs offered seem to be companies looking for well-experienced transcriptionists, occasionally you can find a job open to newbies. It is free to post your resume and search for jobs.


Volunteering as a Medical Transcriptionist
When seeking medical transcription job opportunities, market yourself to local medical transcription agencies. Set up an appointment or interview, if possible. Expand your network by talking to everyone you can in the medical transcription field and let them know that you are willing to do whatever it takes, including volunteer work, to get your foot in the door. Do not forget to thank those who have helped you along the way.
Sample Medical Transcription Resume
Many medical transcriptionists want a sample medical transcription resume to follow. Check out our short list of resume tips, and a sample medical transcription resume for a beginning transcriptionist.