If you’re just starting out looking for work as a transcriptionist, you might be wondering what the job market looks like. I know, because I was there myself. There are tons of transcription jobs out there, but how do you find them and where do you start?
This guide will help you figure out what kind of transcription jobs fit your skill level, what certifications are needed, and where to start if you decide to take the plunge.
The famous transcription myth
Many people think that typing and transcription jobs are easy to start. They’re not! If you want to work for a company that will help you get your foot in the door, then this article is for you.
You need to pass a test before being hired as a typist or transcriber. The testing process can be complex if it’s your first time taking it, so here are some tips:
- Start taking notes as soon as possible after each question (even if it’s difficult). Writing down what was asked will help make sure that when the time comes for the next question, everything else has been taken care of first so there aren’t any gaps in information during testing sessions.
- Read through all instructions carefully before beginning tests.
- Make sure everything is set up properly before starting anything related to scheduling questions or other typesetting tasks.
- Concentrate on one task at once instead of switching between two things while taking notes during exams.
Requirements by transcription companies
1. Most companies do not require experience; however, they require applicants to pass a test before they can be hired. The test is usually a typing test and/or transcription test. Some companies may also require you to take both tests, but this is not as common.
2. You must have fast typing skills, over 60 wpm accuracy, and a short turnaround time.
Your typing speed is the key factor for this type of work, so it’s important that you’re able to type at least 60 words per minute (wpm). And not only that—you need more than that if you want any chance of getting paid!
The average fast typist can expect to earn about $20 per hour, but if your typing speed exceeds 100 wpm, then companies will pay more money than if they had an 80 wpm typist working for them.
The best part is that this isn’t just a one-time thing either: even after learning how much faster we can type than when we started out as beginners!
It’s possible (and easy!) for anyone who wants to learn how quickly they can become proficient enough at their new skill set within 1 week or less depending on what kind of software/applications/tools are being used during training sessions as well as other factors including motivation levels etcetera.
3. The company will also want you to type at least 20 audio minutes in an hour.
It’s important to note that the company will also want you to type at least 20 audio minutes in an hour. This is a good starting point, but it doesn’t mean that you should stop there! You should be able to type more than 20 minutes per hour if possible. And with practice, your speed and accuracy will increase dramatically.
You can increase both of these factors by practising different fonts and styles for each letter of the alphabet. This will help improve your accuracy as well as make sure that when transcribing something (like an interview), there isn’t any confusion between similar sounds or syllables. Why? Because everyone listens differently.
Do you need a portfolio to apply for transcription?
Even though transcription companies do not seek applicants, it is prudent to have a good portfolio on the side. A great portfolio will be a game changer in the transcription world.
This portfolio will include your work samples, test scores and resume. Your resume should include educational information such as:
- Degrees, certifications and licenses you have earned.
- Work experience including the type of job(s) held.
- Skills that are relevant to the position being applied for.
- A list of references who could vouch for your abilities if they were asked during an interview or reference check (if applicable).
NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement)
Once you get selected, you may be asked to sign some documents like an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement).
This document outlines the terms of your employment, but it also has some legal provisions that are important for both parties to understand.
It’s important not only because it protects your employer from any liabilities or lawsuits stemming from injury or death in the workplace, but also because it helps ensure that you keep all information private and confidential during your time at their company.
In conclusion, I hope this article has given you some insight into the world of typing and transcription. If you want to get started in this field, I recommend taking some time to study the right skills. You can find more information about these companies on their websites or by asking them directly.