How to Switch Employers in Medical Transcription

People change employers within medical transcription for many reasons. Even if you’re fortunate enough to land a starting position that’s a perfect match at the time you accept it, your needs and interests may subsequently change. You may find that you want to

  • Change from employee to independent contractor or vice versa

  • Perform a different kind of transcription, perhaps moving from clinic to acute care work or into a particular specialty

  • Seek out an employer who offers higher pay or a better schedule

  • Move on from an employment arrangement you simply don’t like

Whatever the reason, there are a few important things to keep in mind as you undertake a move. Underlying all of them is the importance of thinking long-term and maintaining your best professional persona every step of the way. Of particular note are the following:

  • Consider whether your issue can be addressed without switching employers. Do you really want to start from scratch elsewhere? It’s possible a different schedule, account, or supervisor would square things away for you.

    This is a discussion you should schedule rather than rush into — that way, whoever you’re approaching will (hopefully) have set aside time to talk. The odds for a successful resolution rocket upward when both sides remain calm, cool, and collected and have time to think about options.

  • If you decide a switch is in order, conduct a patient and methodical job search before making it. Leaving an existing employment arrangement only to find yourself in another one that isn’t what you want either is all too common.

  • Don’t quit your current position until you’ve landed a new one, and then give your current employer two weeks’ notice before making the switch. Leaving abruptly is unprofessional and unfair. Your current employer deserves the opportunity to transition your work to another MT. Your new employer will respect you for it.

  • Be tactful when giving your reason for leaving, even if you’re really aggravated with your soon-to-be-former employer. Disparaging remarks, even when true, can brand you as complainer or, at the very least, unprofessional.

    It’s much better to say you’re looking for new opportunities, an alternate work schedule, or different work types. One or more of those will be true anyway. The employer you’re leaving will want to know why, too. Exercise similar tact. The future is unpredictable, and you never know who you may run into down the road.

Although few people, if any, find a job hunt fun, the results can certainly justify the effort. If it’s time to move on, do it — but take the time to do it well.

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