At 1-888-TYPE-IT-UP we know that transcription requires hard work and skill. Contrary to what other transcription companies will have you believe, transcription isn't just something anyone can do. As such, we're looking for the best and brightest. We have many talented transcriptionists on our current team, but we're always looking for new talent too.
If you live in the United States and you're interested in becoming a transcriptionist for 1-888-TYPE-IT-UP, please fill out the job application below. We will do our best to respond to you as soon as we can. Please understand that we strive to keep the telephone line open for clients, so we ask for no phone calls from applicants, please. It is imperative that we test both your transcription accuracy and your ability to follow directions. Ergo, any phone call from an applicant results in an automatic failure of that applicant's transcription test.
If you have questions about the application process or about working for us in general, we've put together an applicant FAQ page that answers the most common questions we receive from applicants on a daily basis.
WE ARE CURRENTLY HIRING.
Last Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018
TRANSCRIPTION PAY RATE
The #1 most frequently asked question by applicants is, how much do you pay? Although our focus is on quality and accuracy, we understand the practicality of knowing whether our transcription work will be worth your while. Our transcriptionists make $36 to $180 per audio hour, and we strive to pay at least $1 to $2 per audio minute ($60 to $120 per audio hour) and higher when possible. Pay rates vary per assignment depending on how much clients are willing to pay. Please keep in mind that we cannot pay 100 percent of what our clients pay, as we do have to pay transcript editors and project managers as well as a number of fees associated with doing business. In addition, costs for search engine advertising are extremely high, ranging anywhere from $5 to $25 per click every time anyone, even a job seeker, clicks on an ad in Google, Bing or Yahoo. All that said, you should know that every day we are behind the scenes fighting for you all to make the wage you deserve despite our unethical competitors' efforts to tear down the transcription industry. That's why our transcription wage of $36 to $180 per audio hour far surpasses that of our competitors who only pay $10 to $30 per audio hour.
ENTRANCE EXAM FEE
There is a one-time, non-refundable $35 entrance exam fee. The entrance exam fee is similar to the fee you would pay to take the GRE or SAT. It's also similar to an application fee you would pay to apply to a college or university. Unfortunately, we have found it is very time consuming to review the job applications and transcription tests. The fee goes directly to the staff member who will be taking time to review your application and test.
We understand the entrance exam fee is controversial, but it has benefited everyone involved, including applicants themselves. Since we introduced the entrance exam fee, we've been able to respond to successful applicants within one to two weeks rather than a few months, and we only receive applications from the most serious applicants. Most importantly, the entrance exam fee ensures we review every application, and there is less competition for you as an applicant due to the fee reducing the number of applications.
There are no other costs required to work for us unless you do not have the basic requirements listed below (headphones, a Mac or PC, Microsoft Office and high-speed Internet).
To work for us, you will need the following:
- a computer (You may use a Mac or PC.)
- Express Scribe (free version)
- Express Scribe Pro (one-time fee of $29.99) (optional if you want to transcribe video files)
- A foot pedal is completely optional and not required. If you don't have a foot pedal, you can control the audio by setting up hotkeys on your keyboard through Express Scribe. If you'd like to purchase a foot pedal, we recommend the Infinity foot pedal on Amazon. Read our blog post on foot pedals for more information.
- a Google account (If you don't have Gmail, you may use your regular email address with a free Google account for Google Calendar.)
- Google Calendar (used for submitting your availability)
- headphones -- We recommend the AKG Pro Audio K167 TIESTO DJ Headphones. Read our blog post for more information on headphones, including our recommendation for a less expensive option.
- high-speed Internet
- Microsoft Office -- If you don't have Microsoft Office, we can provide a licensed subscription for $20 per month. We pay this fee directly to Microsoft. You can also purchase a one-year subscription to Microsoft Office through Amazon.
- Skype - We use Skype for instant messaging only; a webcam for video calls is not required.
MICROSOFT OFFICE REQUIREMENT
You will need Microsoft Office to work for us. You may not use OpenOffice, Google Docs, et cetera.
Unlike other transcription services, we can provide a Microsoft Office subscription to you if you do not have Microsoft Office. We do have to pay a monthly fee for each Microsoft Office user, so if you need Microsoft Office, you will need to pay this fee to us on a monthly basis. The cost per month is $20. You may simply deduct the fee from your invoice on a monthly basis or submit payment to us however works best for you. The Microsoft Office fee goes directly to Microsoft upon receipt. We understand that paying for Microsoft Office is not desirable, but the software is very costly if you purchase it outright. Many transcriptionists have found our Office subscription beneficial, as it reduces the barrier to transcription entry and increases success in other areas (personal, school, employment, et cetera.) The Microsoft Office subscription will remain active with us as long as you pay the $20 monthly fee that directly pays Microsoft.
If you choose to purchase a Microsoft Office subscription from us, we can immediately send you a link to download the licensed software suite, which includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote.
If you don't want to purchase a monthly subscription to Microsoft Office from us, you can purchase a one-year subscription to Microsoft Office through Amazon.
We do accept applications from non-U.S. applicants. If you are outside the United States of America, you may transcribe for our non-U.S. clients. We have many clients outside the United States, so getting work is not a problem if your quality is good.
You will receive our transcription test immediately and automatically when you submit your job application and $35 entrance exam fee. The transcription test involves transcribing two very short audio files. There is no time limit on the test. We are not concerned with speed. We are only concerned with accuracy and your ability to follow our formatting instructions.
As of Monday, February 15, 2016, we began using an automated system that delivers your transcription test automatically via email as soon as you submit your application. If you applied prior to Monday, February 15, 2016 and you are still waiting to receive the test, you are welcome to reapply by filling out the job application again to receive the test instantly upon submission.
TRANSCRIPTION TEST RESULTS
Like any job or hiring process, we cannot guarantee an automatic response to those who we cannot bring on board. Our goal is to respond to every applicant within five to 10 business days, but in some cases it may take longer. If you do not pass the test, you may or may not receive a failure notice from us. However, we will provide your test results if you contact us via live chat or email once it's been at least one month since your test submission date.
If you do not hear from us within four to six weeks of applying, this generally means you did not pass our test. You may reapply once every seven calendar days, but you will need to reapply each time by resubmitting the job application and the non-refundable $35 entrance exam fee.
With this in mind, please read the test instructions carefully, and be sure to double-check your work.