Transcription jobs are just about ideal for people who want to work remotely. Digital file sharing makes it easy to do the work from anywhere in the world, as long as you have the right equipment and a reliable internet connection. Transcription tends to be solitary work, so it’s well suited for people who like to work alone and who are self-motivated. That makes transcription work a great fit for digital nomads and for independent-minded remote workers. If you’d like to get started finding transcription work, here are some guidelines that should get you going!
Find the right job boards
There are plenty of job boards out there that list transcription jobs. It’s a good idea to use more than one of them. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket; you want to look in a few places so that you’ll have the best chance at landing a great transcription job. Most of the jobs you’ll find are short-term and project based, although there are also some longer-term projects. Sometimes, short term jobs can also lead to permanent positions. So keep your eyes open, and it’s a good idea to keep checking in with your job boards, since they’re updated constantly and the best jobs tend to get snatched up quickly.
Flexjobs.com has great job listings for transcription work (and plenty of other remote jobs). The site isn’t free, but it’s low cost, and most people agree that the low monthly fee is more than worth it. Remote.co also has a great job board for both transcription jobs and other remote jobs. You’ll also definitely want to check out the job board at TCI. It’s run by the Transcription Certification Institute and includes both part time and full time jobs. The TCI board is also great for people who have language skills in addition to transcription skills, since it includes jobs transcribing in a range of foreign languages.
Update Your Resume to Reflect Your Relevant Skills
Even if you haven’t done any transcription work before, you probably have some of the skills that a great transcriptionist needs. Your resume should reflect those skills. Make sure you make note of your typing speed – you can also list your results on any typing tests you’ve taken. Transcriptionists also need to have excellent grammar, proofreading skills, and the ability to focus. Your resume should include a section that highlights those skills.
Most transcription jobs don’t require any special training or certificates. But, medical transcription jobs and legal transcription jobs do tend to require specific training and knowledge of the kind of terminology that’s used in those fields. If you have that kind of training and experience, be sure to mention that on your CV.
It’s also a good idea to list any equipment that you may have. Obviously, you’ll need a word processing program and a high speed internet connection so that you can send and receive audio files. You may also need transcription software. Make sure your potential employers know that you have the relevant equipment.
Remember, you need to be savvy when you’re looking for work through a job board. There are plenty of scam sites out there. In general, you should be wary of any site that promises high-paying jobs but then asks you to sign up for an expensive training program, or pushes you to pay extra for “certificates” or workshops.
Once you’ve polished your resume and identified the right job boards, you are well on your way to landing your first transcription job! We hope these tips get you started living the life you’ve been dreaming of. Good luck!
For more advice, check out RemoteKit’s Definitive Remote Job Search Guide.