Medical Transcription Resume Writing

Written by admin on November 26th, 2010

Medical Transcription Jobs

Medical transcription is frequently advertised as an excellent way to make money at home – and it can be, with the right education, training and presentation.

Resume Presentation

Since medical transcription is primarily a work-at-home career, your resume is usually the first impression a potential employer will have of you. Make sure it’s a good one!

Sometimes, you have no control over the presentation. Some employers use an online form and will not accept applications by any other means. Just make sure there are no spelling errors, use appropriate paragraphing and follow the directions.

If you are asked to send a resume as part of an e-mail, try and use an e-mail client that allows HTML, so you can format the resume better. Using HTML, you should be able to copy the text of resume from your word processor directly into the e-mail and it will retain formatting. Text e-mail cannot be formatted and it looks very generic. In both cases, look the resume over very carefully and correct anything that makes it difficult to read.

If the employer accepts resumes as an attachment, your presentation can be as beautiful as you know how to make it. There are many free templates on the internet – find one and look at it to get some ideas.

What to include in the resume

Here’s what a potential employer doesn’t want to know about you: that you want to work in the comfort of your home, that you have 1, 2, 3 or more lovely children who need their mommy at home but will behave while you work, that your grandmother is elderly and lives with you so you need to be able to work a flexible schedule. When writing a resume, remember “just the facts.”

Are you credentialed? Are you sure? Do not put a credential unless you (a) know what it is and (b) are sure you have one! We see a lot of people put “MT” as a credential. MT is not a credential – it’s a career. We also see people put “CMT” because the school they graduated from gave them a certificate; e.g., they must be a “certified medical transcriptionist.” If a potential employer calls the credentialing agency and finds out you don’t have the Certified Medical Transcriptionist credential, you have probably blown your chances for getting that job. If you didn’t go to an independent testing center to take the test, you do not have a CMT. If you don’t have a credential, don’t try and make it sound like you do.

If you are a new graduate, it’s important to be specific about your medical transcription school and when you graduated. If it’s a program that isn’t particularly well known (for example, your local vocational tech school), give some details about the program and curriculum so potential employers can get an idea of how comprehensive your schooling has been.

Be specific about your experience, especially if you’ve worked for smaller companies or facilities. List all your job duties – what type of transcription you did, the specialties, whether the accounts were acute care or specialty clinic or general. We have hired people based on the companies they have worked for because we are familiar with the reputation of that company and the kind of transcriptionists that work for them.


Companies need information about you before they can make a decision. Don’t make them work too hard to get it! If you have posted your resume at MT Registry and no employers have expressed interest, look it over again to make sure the information is complete, attractive and eye-catching. Most employers do not download your uploaded resume unless the information contained about you in the online registration is interesting enough to warrant it.

For more information about medical transcription, see Transcription Schools. To search for a job or register your resume so employers can find you, go to MT Registry.

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