1. SkillsYour skills is the most important factor any employers look for. What you can do to improve the company far outweighs your education and political influence. These are the most important skills a medical transcriptionist has:
- Typing skills, 50 wpm
- Knowledge of medical and drug terminologies
- Excellent grammar, spelling and punctuation
- Good memory and listening skills
- Excellent research skills
2. ExperienceHaving experience in the field of work you are applying for informs your potential employer that you know the job well and you can easily adapt/adjust to it - you know what your job does and how it works. In your case, what you need to list down in your medical transcription resume is the list of work/professional experiences you have done. List your last work experience that had something to do with medical transcribing or just transcribing.
3. CertificationBeing certified by any institution or any known person ensures the fact that you are a reputable resource/applicant. In the U.S. medical transcriptionists can be certified by the AHDI (Association for Health care Documentation Integrity). In the Philippines, you can be certified by passing the NC II exam held by TESDA.
4. EducationThe last place a potential employer will look at is your education.
- Where did you train?
- What level did you attain?
- Did you pass your course?
- Are you an achiever?
- Is your school credible?
These are just a few of the questions your employer will want to know. Because it will probably have an impact on your reputation. Most employers want to know who trained the applicants. In that way, they would know what school produces high quality graduates.
Writing a resume that will best represent you is not an easy task. But it can be done with some points to remember. Remember that writing a good resume does not have to portray your whole life (ex. height, weight, hobbies, sports, activities, religion, etc.). It just pinpoints your qualifications relevant to the job you are applying for.
There's no specific pattern in which you can present the information on your resume. It is important that you don't fall into the temptation to fabricate your medical transcription abilities just to get hired. Trust me, your employers who hire you will know instantly if your abilities are lacking. Pay attention to the individual needs of different employers, and customize it to emphasize the skills you have that they’re looking for. This will make a big difference in your job hunt.