Creating a professional resume before applying for a digital audio transcription job is a very important step. Spell check your resume and perhaps have someone look it over for typos before sending.
A digital audio transcription expert is considered a medical language specialist, showcase your language skills in your email by using complete sentences, and correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
Make sure your name and contact information, both phone # and email address, are on your resume and are correct if you expect to be contacted.
Make sure that your first and last name appears on the From: line of your email address. Do not use a cutesie email name that does not identify you and expect a response; again, be professional. You may want to open a new email account with first and last name for professional correspondence.
When responding to an employer/recruiter via email include their previous email with your response so they have a reference point about what you are responding to. Employers/recruiters receive hundreds of emails each week and do not have time to search through them to determine what you are responding to. Use complete sentences in your response, do not simply type 'yes' or 'no' and send, and include your name on the response.
When responding to email do not sign it with just your first name, be professional, use first and last name and include a phone number if you are setting up a phone interview/appointment. Make it easy for the employer/recruiter to contact you.
When detailing work experience, start with the most current and work your way back, no more than 10 years of related experience. An employer does not want to wade through 20 years of past experience and may toss the resume before reaching the pertinent, current information. Include the type of work you are currently transcribing, i.e. hospital, single clinic, multispecialty clinic, radiology, etc, the type of reports, i.e. progress notes, OPs, H&Ps, hospital consultations, outpatient consultations, and the type of specialty, i.e. otolaryngology, OB-GYN, PT, oncology, ortho, etc.
Detail relevant education after work experience.
Do not include age, social security number, marital status, number of children, or other personal information on your resume. This information is more appropriately disclosed on new-hire paperwork after accepting a position.
Plan for your phone interview. Be professional. Have notes handy to refer to dates of past experience, production, QA scores, current compensation and compensation expectations, computer specs, and other information that an employer might ask for. Jot down questions that you want to ask the interviewer, the interview is a 2-way street for information.