Landing that First Job as a Medical Transcriptionist

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In any field, landing that first job is a great challenge. It’s the usual routine of no one will hire you without experience, but no one will hire you to give you that experience.

Most medical transcription companies that hire people to work at home require at least 2-3 years of experience. Fortunately some will waive that if you attended one of the schools I recommended in the online schools section.

This challenge is why you want to attend a school that offers job placement assistance and has a good placement rate. You don’t want to waste the money you’ve invested in your education, and that’s the best reason of all to check these things out beforehand.

Even before you start applying you want to know what kind of hours you are willing to work. Most companies will want you to commit to at least 20 hours of work a week. You will probably be asked to write a schedule for yourself when you are hired, and quite possibly be required to keep to that schedule. You may need to call in and tell them if you make changes to your schedule or you may just be able to make the hours up.

Most companies have you take a test to show that you do have the skills required to work as a medical transcriptionist. This can include testing your vocabulary, transcription speed and grammar. These tests can generally be done online.

One option to consider is to go ahead and work in an office doing medical transcription to get those first two vital years of experience. It may not be what you wanted when you started training, but if you can’t get the work at home job any other way it is an option.

I have a list of medical transcription companies available on this site. There are many more companies out there, of course. Watch out for companies that claim to take completely inexperienced and untrained people and train them to be medical transcriptionists for their company. These are generally scams, interested only in selling you their software, not in paying you for any work.

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