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What experience do I need to be a successful typing contractor?

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We do require contractors to either have previous transcription experience OR extensive WP experience across a number of disciplines. The level of previous experience you need depends on the type of transcription that you wish to undertake.

Experience required depends on the type of transcription you are wishing to undertake and is outlined below:

Medical transcription

We prefer typists to have at least five (5) years of experience across a number of medical specialties. Within the medical field there are many people for whom English is a second language, so the ability to interpret accented English is very highly regarded.

Radiology transcription

You must have at least three (3) years of experience typing radiology files in either a hospital or practice setting.  It is desirable that you have eperience in nuclear medicine and MRI.  It is advantageous for applicants to be familiar with programmes such as  Occam, Comrade, PACS/RIS, Karisma, Promedicus or Winscribe.

Finance transcription

To be successful as a specialist finance transcriptionist you need to be very familiar with the international language of finance.  You will therefore understand terms like CAGR, ROI, REIT, CapEx and OpEx. Whilst these terms are international they are also used by many people for whom English is a second language: so the ability to interpret accented English is very highly regarded. 

Successful finance transcriptionists need not necessarily be native English speakers themselves, however they do need to understand the use of grammar to ensure that the transcripts created accurately reflect the flow of the conversation being transcribed.  We are currently creating transcripts of financial events for companies based in the following locations (among others): Australia, United Kingdom, France, Germany, India, Korea, Taiwan, China, Singapore, New Zealand, Japan, Brazil, Spain. 

Preference will be given to typists who:

  • have previous audio transcription experience;
  • have knowledge of finance terminology gained through work experience or study in a related area, or the ability to rapidly acquire such knowledge; and
  • demonstrate good research skills.

General transcription

You need to be able to type interviews and focus groups for academic and market research, as well as some legal transcription (e.g. police records of interview).  Other important areas of work undertaken by general transcriptionists include transcription of media conferences and financial briefings.  

Preference will be given to typists who:

  • have previous audio transcription experience;
  • have experience transcribing media briefings (e.g. press conferences) and/or finance briefings (e.g. AGMs, investor presentations etc);
  • have knowledge of finance terminology gained through work experience or study in a related area, or the ability to rapidly acquire such knowledge;
  • have the ability to understand and transcribe a range of accents, particularly Asian accents.