Your Long-Term Goals and Your Medical Transcription Job Search
Searching for a medical transcription job can be made easier when you think about your own long-term goals. When you get a specific job offer in hand, it’s time to think about the description of your perfect job. How does this potential position measure up? You’ll also need to conduct some additional research, which can easily be accomplished from the comfort of your keyboard.
Your favorite medical transcription (MT) online communities are a great place to start. Search them for recent discussions that mention the potential employer. Ask other medical transcriptions you know if they’ve heard anything good or bad. It can’t hurt to type the employer’s name into Google and see what pops up.
It’s a good idea to research the reputation of the transcription platform as well. Some of them are much better to work on than others. Seven cents per line on a platform that boosts productivity and 7 cents per line on a platform that hampers it are entirely different propositions.
If you start discussing the employer you just interviewed with on a public MT message board, the recruiter may see it and look upon it unfavorably. Whenever feasible, use private-messaging features and your MT school’s forum for such discussions. If a public posting is called for, use tactful phrasing and picture the potential employer standing behind you looking over your shoulder (benevolently, of course) while you type.
Don’t be discouraged if your job hunt doesn’t produce immediate results. Some medical transcriptionists, especially those with top GPAs from respected schools, find employment easily. Others have to employ a lot more patience and persistence.
It can be more difficult to land an MT job near the end of the year, because dictation volume tends to drop off over the holiday season. It’s something to be aware of, but don’t let it prevent you from looking in November and December.
It doesn’t always hold true, and even when it does, if you impress an employer, they may go ahead and snap you up but delay your starting date until January. Hiring tends to slow down in July and August, too, as doctors, patients, and recruiters head to the beach.
If you’re a new graduate and struggling to leave the starting gate, consider deferring your dream job in favor of immediate employment. For example, you may want to
Open yourself to the possibility of working more, less, or different hours
Consider taking an IC instead of an employee position or vice versa
Accept a lower starting line rate than you originally planned on
Sometimes you have to decide whether you’re willing to make compromises and do what it takes to get your foot in the door. Then you work your leg in there, and before you know it, you’ll be all the way through that first door, and new ones will be opening before you.
If all goes well, you’ll be able to land an MT job without ever calling on the foot-in-the-door tactic. Soon after that, the phrase “At least X years of experience required,” will become music to your ears, because you’ll have it.