New transcriptionists can have a resume, even when they do not have specific freelance transcription experience. The key is to highlight the skills needed by a freelance transcriptionists that were used in other jobs. When creating your first freelance transcription resume, think about the skills that you have that you would like to share with companies looking to hire, like the ability to meet deadlines, excellent grammar, proofreading abilities, and even writing skills.
Keep these tips in mind when creating a freelance transcriptionist resume:
- A resume should be simple to read. Use easy-to-read fonts like Ariel or New Times Roman with a font size 10 or 12.
- Keep all information on one page. Employers need to be able to see your information easily, and be able to find it quickly.
- Only include positions and job responsibilities that pertain to freelance transcription, this can include similar office jobs such as typing, note taking, proofreading/editing, etc…
- Make the resume cut and paste friendly. This will help when applying for transcription jobs directly on a company’s website.
- The resume should be up-to-date with all your recent information and should indicate your experiences as they pertain to the job you are applying for. Prior to sending your resume to a potential employer, review it for any necessary updates. It may be necessary to tweak your sample transcription resume before applying to each and every job.
- Each time you land a transcription contract, add it to your resume. Every couple of weeks, apply to a new company with your updated resume.
Below you will find a sample resume with absolutely no transcription experience.
Here is a copy of my resume that you may use as a template. (Some of my information has been changed for privacy purposes.)
130 Anywhere Ave
Anytown, US. 02222
(666) 999-5566 (C)
Sally S. Smith
To gain a freelance transcriptionist position that allows for personal and professional growth.
Ability to use existing skills to accurately transcribe both audio and video files while following client guidelines.
• Voice mail messages
• Focus groups
1. Jones, Inc., Office Assistant– June 2010 – Present
• Transcribe memos in a timely manner.
• Typing speed of 80 wpm.
• Create, edit, and distribute office memos.
2. Home Goods, Customer Service Representative – March 2007 – June 2010
• Type dictated memos, letters, and notes.
• Create training documents.
• Editor of department newsletter.
3. BFDS, Procedure and Training Material Writer, Statement Proofreader – 2001 – 2009
• Position included live transcription of spoken word for memos and other documents.
• Career Step Medical Transcription Program, Provo, UT – February 2009 – Present
• AAA in Computer Information Systems/User Support, Massasoit Community College, Brockton, MA, 1997
Express Scribe, InqScribe, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Office Suite (advanced Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook skills), MS Project, MS Access, USB foot pedal.