Transcriptionist Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 9,589 Transcriptionist resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Four Key Resume Tips For Landing a Transcriptionist Job:

Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Audio Files, be sure to list it as a skill.
Quantifiable Achievements
Achievements and awards relevant to the position speak louder than a high GPA, especially if you can quantify your achievement with a number.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write a Transcriptionist Resume

Contact Information
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Transcriptionist CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
Make sure to only include your hard skills on your resume. In addition, include the most in-demand transcriptionist skills. Below we have listed the top skills for a transcriptionist : The more keywords your resume can “match,” the more likely it is that your resume will be selected for review by human eyes.
Top Skills for a Transcriptionist
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Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
We compared 9,589 resume examples and job offers and found that the average experience required for a transcriptionist job required by employers is 1.0 years.
How much work experience do employers want to see?
The average transcriptionist job listing asks for 1.0 years of work experience.
How much work experience does the average transcriptionist candidate have?
The average transcriptionist resume contains 6.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your transcriptionist skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from transcriptionist resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Transcriptionist
Associate's Degree
Associate's Degree - Psychology
  • Implemented our intradepartmental QA procedure.
  • Worked with Dictaphone and ExText Client.
  • Transcribe office notes, pre-ops, radiology reports, letters for several doctors.
  • Transcribed radiology reports for the group of 33 radiologists at this level I trauma center.
  • Transcribed at 80-100 wpm with accuracy.
Department Secretary (Part-Time)

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Transcriptionist
Some College Courses
Some College Courses - Psychology
  • Required to fulfill four training courses including First Aid, CPR, Child Abuse Recognition and Communicable Diseases.
  • Produced word processing of legal documentation, PowerPoint presentations, filing, travel plans, etc.
  • Research Clerk, research Microfilm, Internet, Periodical cataloging.
  • Conduct new employee orientations with PowerPoint presentations.
  • Maintain training database and files, as well as, process referrals and participant enrollment.
Insurance Clerk (Part-Time)

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Transcriptionist
Some College Courses
Some College Courses - Insurance
  • Schedule patients and tests (i.e.-MRI, CT, etc.)
  • Scheduled all appointments for radiology department.
  • Enter all CPT and ICD-9/ICD 10 codes.
  • Responded to staff and client inquiries regarding CPT and diagnosis codes.
  • Acted as key office resource for Montana Medicaid billing.
Confidential Secretary

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Transcriptionist
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Psychology
  • Posted delivery instructions to account database.
  • Advanced computer proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint 2010 and Outlook email and calendar
  • Compiled and processed batches using mathematical processes into a database.
  • Prioritized and manage multiple projects simultaneously, and follow through on issues in a timely manner.
  • Provided individual counsel to students regarding their personal journal to their most desired career.
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As a transcriptionist, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Transcriptionist roles often require a Post-Secondary Certificate degree or higher, so the majority of transcriptionist resumes that we looked at contained a post-secondary certificate degree.
Based on our analysis of transcriptionist resumes, the most common major for transcriptionist candidates is Health Care Administration, but other majors made their way in as well. Business, Psychology and English were relatively common.
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As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained