If you’re a medical transcriptionist, you know how difficult it can be to find the perfect job. There are so many opportunities out there that it can be hard to stand out from the pack.
It’s important for any job seeker to remember that it’s not just about what you know; it’s also about who you know.
Using social media can help expand your reach and give employers another way to see what kind of person they could potentially hire if they were looking for someone with your particular skillset.
Be Educated About The Field
You should know what you’re applying for and why you want to be a part of it.
Know what the job entails. This will help you understand how your work fits into the larger scope of things and give you an idea of how much time is involved in each task.
It also helps to have a good understanding of any particular software or equipment used by your prospective employer, so that if they ask, “Do you know how to use our transcription program?”
(for example), you can answer with confidence: “Yes, I’ve had experience using similar programs.”
Know what the company does and its history as well as its competitors’ history too if possible because this can give insight into their current goals/projects/etc.,
Which might make it easier for them to determine if they’re looking at hiring someone who has some knowledge about these things already even before they’ve met face-to-face with them during their interview process!”
Be Ready For Promotions
As a transcriptionist, you’ll be learning about healthcare and the medical field as you go. You’ll gain new skills and knowledge that can help in your career and allow you to become more valuable to your employer.
Being willing to accept new challenges is important because it shows that you’re motivated and eager to learn which are two qualities that employers look for when hiring.
Have A Great Work Ethic
You may have heard of the phrase “work smarter, not harder.” This is a good start for landing your dream job as a medical transcriptionist, but it does not go far enough. You need to work hard and smart at the same time.
This means keeping these points in mind:
Be on time for work. Being late shows that you don’t respect yourself or your employer’s time and can cost you dearly in the long run.
Be willing to work overtime and if you’re offered extra shifts during your shift, take them! It’s an opportunity that other people would kill for, so take advantage of it while you can.
Be willing to work in shifts outside of normal business hours (including nights). You may have weekends off from school or college life; however, this won’t always be true when working as an MT full-time.
Some employers require their MTs to be available 24/7 so don’t expect weekends off unless explicitly stated beforehand by management/your manager(s).
If there aren’t any restrictions on scheduling/availability then assume that they’re open 7 days per week (at least 8 hours per day) until further notice–or until other arrangements are made between both parties involved.”
Be Responsible And Honest
- Be honest about your qualifications.
- Be honest about your experience.
- Be honest about what you would like to make as a salary.
- Be honest about how much time you can spend working on these jobs at any given week and month (if applicable).
- Be honest about the skills that you have obtained during your career thus far and if there are other skills that you would like to learn but haven’t gotten around to yet.
Then tell them that too! You never know what they might be able to offer you or where they might lead in the future so don’t hold back this information when given an opportunity like this one!
Maintain A Great Attitude At All Times
A positive attitude is important for any job, but it’s especially important for a medical transcriptionist. This is a job that requires you to be constantly interacting with people from all walks of life, so it’s important that you maintain a cheerful disposition at all times.
While some may find this difficult, the rewards will far outweigh any personal sacrifices. If you’re not naturally bubbly and outgoing, there are still ways to make sure your personality shines through:
- Be friendly and welcoming toward everyone who comes into contact with you.
- Offer assistance when needed (and don’t forget to smile while doing it!).
- Try not to take things personally even if someone seems upset or frustrated with you at first glance (they may just have had a bad day).
- Don’t wallow in self-pity if something goes the wrong move on!
Dress The Part And Be Well-Groomed
When it comes to dressing for medical transcriptionist interviews, there are a few things to keep in mind: First, your appearance should reflect how you want your potential employer to see you. You want them to know that you’re professional, capable and confident.
Second, it’s important that you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing so that it doesn’t distract from your answers or prevent an interviewer from focusing on what they need from him/her during an interview session.
The best way to ensure that your appearance will be appropriate is by researching the company before going into an interview situation; this way when asked “How can I dress for this job?” The answer will come naturally without much thought at all!
Learn To Organize Your Time And Tasks Efficiently
To make sure you’re organized, try using a calendar or to-do list. These will help you plan and prioritize your tasks, so that the most important ones are completed first.
When it comes to time management, there are two ways to do this:
- Do the work yourself;
- Delegate it to somebody else by paying them or giving them credit for doing it (depending on their motivation).
You can also delegate by collaborating with another person on the same task and dividing up responsibilities between yourselves (i.e., one person handles some parts of the process while another handles other parts).
If this sounds like too much work for one person, consider hiring somebody else who’s already good at what they do!
Never Miss Work Unless You Have To
It is important to show up on time and every day, especially during the first few months of your new job.
If you can’t make it to work, call in sick (preferably with a doctor’s note) or take a personal day. It won’t look good if you miss an entire week of work because you don’t want to use vacation days before they are “due.”
If you are sick and need time off, take a sick day! If you can’t take a personal day or know that your employer doesn’t allow their staff members to call in sick with doctors’ notes and yet still need time off due to illness.
Then go ahead and call in anyway. Don’t be afraid of losing your job for being honest about what’s going on with your health good employers appreciate honesty from their employees!
Don’t Gossip Or Speak Poorly Of Anyone
It’s a small world, and gossiping about your coworkers and employers can get you into trouble. You don’t want to be the one who has a reputation for being unprofessional, so keep your opinions of others to yourself.
If you want to vent about something that happened on the job, make sure it’s not something that could come back to bite you in the future–and definitely don’t talk poorly of anyone while at work!
Gossiping is bad for your career because it shows everyone that you have poor judgment skills and an inability to keep personal matters out of the workplace.
This can be especially damning if someone hears about how poorly you speak of them behind their back–it says that they’re important enough for even their superiors (you) to insult them behind their back!
Treat People With Respect, Even If They Don’t Return The Greeting
Treat people with respect, even if they don’t return the greeting. You never know who you’ll meet in the medical field and what kind of impact your relationship with that person will have on your career. Tip: If someone is rude or inconsiderate to you, move on and leave them behind!
Practice good listening skills. As a transcriptionist, you’ll need to listen intently when reviewing audio recordings so that you can accurately transcribe everything a doctor says into text.
In addition to being able to understand instructions clearly and quickly, it’s important for medical transcriptionists to also be able to ask questions if they aren’t sure what a particular instruction means or how it should be written down as part of their work product.
Make Yourself Available To Help Others Who Need It, But Not At The Expense Of Your Duties, Tasks, And Responsibilities
Being a team player is important. Helping others when you can, and not letting them take advantage of your good nature is also critical. Don’t let others take advantage of your time or work and never allow anyone to take advantage of your responsibilities.
Stay Professional At All Times, Including During Stressful Situations
Stay calm and collected. You will make mistakes on the job, but if you react with anger, frustration or negativity to these small mistakes, it will be harder for your employer to trust you in important situations.
Don’t make excuses for your mistakes. If there is a problem with your work product, don’t blame others or try to pass off responsibility as a way of avoiding criticism take ownership of the issue instead by saying something like “I’m sorry this error made it into the transcription.”
Don’t blame others for your mistakes. If another employee makes a mistake that causes one of yours to be substandard or late (or anything else), explain what happened clearly.
But don’t get defensive or make accusations against that person; consider whether he/she was able to do his/her job well under normal conditions before jumping on board with an accusation based solely on how angry he/she might have caused you to feel!
Attach A Follow-Up Letter Or Email To Your Application After You’ve Turned It In
Once you’ve turned in your application, follow up with a brief and to-the-point email or letter. Keep it short and sweet: don’t repeat what’s already on your resume.
Instead, mention why you’re interested in the position, and how your skills and qualifications match up with what they’re looking for. If possible, include a link to your LinkedIn profile so they can get an idea of who they might be hiring if they decide to bring you in for an interview.
Finally and most importantly don’t ask for the job! But do make sure that if there’s something specific that stands out about what kind of person would be great for this role (i.e., “I think my experience combining clinical knowledge with leadership skills would be helpful”), then make sure to include that at the end of your message!
When Job Hunting, Keep In Mind That There Are Many Job Sites Out There That Boast Exclusive Positions From Major Employers
The site you choose to use should list your dream job as a medical transcriptionist. If it doesn’t, then it’s not worth your time or effort.
The specific type of job site you should be using depends on the platform you use most often for browsing the web (such as desktop or mobile).
If you’re more comfortable using a computer and don’t like wasting time on loading pages, check out free sites with lots of content such as Indeed and ZipRecruiter.
If technology isn’t your thing but mobility is (and let’s face it: who isn’t?), explore mobile-optimized sites like Snagajob and Glassdoor Mobile instead!
Use Any Connections You Have In The Field To Help You Find A Position
One of the most effective ways to land your dream job is by using any connections you have in the field to help you find a position.
You can use LinkedIn to network with former colleagues, Facebook and Twitter to network with former classmates, YouTube for former classmates who are now online video personalities or Instagram for people who share photos of their work.
If you don’t yet have any contacts in this field, try searching social media sites like Twitter and Instagram for hashtags related to medical transcription/translating jobs (e.g., #medicaltranscriptionist).
Doing so will help connect you with other people who share your interests and goals!
You may also want to consider joining groups on social media that focus on career advice or opportunities within this industry (e.g., #medicaltranscription).
By participating in these conversations regularly throughout each week and keeping track of important information shared by others within those groups you’ll be able to keep yourself informed about any new job openings as well as what it takes for someone just starting out in this field today!
Use Social Media To Your Advantage As A Job Seeker
Social media is a great way to find out about new opportunities. Use social media to your advantage as a job seeker by checking out the jobs section of your favorite medical transcriptionist forum, or by searching for “medical transcriptionist” on Facebook and Twitter.
Knowing what’s out there will help you identify what types of opportunities are available in your area.
If you’re looking at job listings on an online job board, make sure they’re related to medicine and/or healthcare–otherwise it’s likely that the listing isn’t relevant to what you want to do!
And if there isn’t any information about where the job is located, call up the employer or recruiter directly and ask them if their openings are local or national (and if so, what city).
There are many things you can do to help ensure your success as a medical transcriptionist.
It’s important that you take the time to do your research and prepare for what lies ahead in this career path, so that when it comes time to apply for jobs or interview with potential employers, you’ll feel confident in your abilities and know exactly what they’re looking for. Good luck!