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Writing a Resume as a Transcriptionist

A resume is a brief summary of a person’s career and qualifications. In its most effective form, a resume is a detailed sequential overview of an individual’s career objectives, educational qualifications (schooling), vocational qualifications (past jobs), experiences, special skills if any, awards, accomplishments.

The curriculum vitae (CV) is a more comprehensive/detailed resume that includes items such as publications, association memberships, continuing education and all experiences pertaining to one’s career.

Your resume needs to be interesting enough to the prospective employer that you get an interview. Be honest and highlight those particular skills, experiences, accomplishments, training you can bring to a company that matches closely with their needs.

Once a transcriptionist start applying for jobs, he/she will need to possess certain pre-employment requisites. Some requisites you have to send to the prospective employer or bought to your interview board.

Preparing a Resume

Name: Write your name, phone number, box number, suite number, city, state, postal/zip code, where you can be reached easily.

Objective: Career objective contains a statement regarding what type of job you are looking for with your’ kind of qualification. Always include this section after your name on the resume, so that the prospective employer will know who you are and what you are looking for.

Education: In this section, include all secondary, higher secondary reports and other courses you have attended.

Work experience: Experience counts in transcription field and every transcriptionist must highlight his/her experience in the resume. In this section, you can include all related work experience if you have, for your job. If this is your first job or don’t have any work experience, you can include non-related work experience like volunteer works, internships etc. in this section. Experience can fetch you a higher salary.

Other skills and qualifications: Include any additional skills you have, any activities you had participated, accomplishments or qualifications to date. This includes all extracurricular activities in which you have excelled. It may be related to your education or work.

References: A work-related reference is someone with whom you have previously worked. All references should be persons who are familiar with you and if asked, would give you a favorable recommendation letter.

Awards/achievements: Include in this section any awards or achievements, you got in your school or work.

Tips to follow while writing your resume

  1. Clearly write the post for which you have applied.
  2. Explain how your skills are a perfect match for this position. Include all vital points.
  3. Be as concise as possible in your transcription résumé and highlight the skill sets you have. Write information such as volunteer work or managerial positions that you have held while working as a transcriptionist.
  4. If you have diploma or any other qualification regarding transcription, mention it and carry proof to the interview.
  5. Try to limit your resume to one page. Make it short, simple and to the point.
  6. A well written resume will make it easier for you to sell yourself to a prospective employer when you meet face-to-face in an interview board.
  7. Avoid using long paragraphs and repeated sentences that say too little.
  8. Use italics or bold to emphasize your achievements.
  9. In transcription field, flawless resumes are imperative. Therefore, have someone check your resume for grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  10. Add references and testimonials from previous employers, if any.
  11. The transcriptionist must also highlight his computer knowledge along with English language skills in his resume.

A transcription company normally looks for hard-working employees with basic knowledge in English language and computer skill. And through a resume, they just want to see the qualification, experience and the track record of a candidate.

Julie Parker is the Transcription Supervisor for GMR Transcription Services, Inc, a leading U.S. transcription company based in Orange County, California. Julie has a true passion for effective verbal and written communication. She applies her passion to providing the excellent customer service and accuracy upon which GMR Transcription’s clients depend. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, watching movies, and hosting dinner parties with friends.

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