Who we’re looking for:
Fast and accurate typists (85 wpm or higher) with preternaturally sharp hearing. (Sometimes the audio quality isn’t great, or sometimes focus group members all talk at once and you have to tease apart who’s saying what in order to ID them properly and include all the information.)
Transcriptionists fluently bilingual or multilingual are always welcome.
Intellectually curious folks, grammar and language nerds, well-rounded Renaissance people, people who are widely read on- or offline. (A college degree is not required, nor is prior transcription experience.) If you’re the kind of person who fantasizes about going on snobby rampages to remove apostrophes or gratuitous quotation marks from signs all around you, you might be our type. It helps if you have a wide range of interests or background information; since the content we transcribe covers such a wide range of topics, background knowledge or general familiarity with a number of subjects aids in the production of accurate transcripts. Even if you don’t know a lot about everything, if you know a little about a lot of things and can use the context to find out more in a quick couple of internet searches, that’s almost as good.
You should be comfortable and experienced using Microsoft Word and be familiar with its capabilities (AutoCorrect, changing options for how quotation marks or dashes are rendered, how to use Find and Replace effectively) and should have general computer skills — navigating files and folders; copying, moving, and deleting files; navigating between multiple programs; being able to pick up how to use (simple) new programs.
In the office, you’ll use a foot pedal to control playback of an audio or video file on transcription software. Using headphones, you’ll listen to the file and type what you hear according to our specifications. (Some transcripts are verbatim, some involve cleaning up speech to make it more readable or comprehensible, some involve adding timestamps, some use special formatting or templates. We have a detailed in-house style guide.) You’ll use internet research to verify unfamiliar terms or spellings of names where possible. Our goal is a readable, accurate transcript that can then be used by the client either as source material for their project (an article or paper, or to select sound bites for a video) or to be included in archives for future researchers.
Want to work as a transcriber in our Boston office?
- Enjoy the opportunity to work flexible hours on YOUR schedule at our convenient downtown office located within one block from four subway lines.
- Enjoy flexible hours: days, nights, weekends, holidays (must be able to work at least a four hour shift).
- In-house transcription work is a perfect part-time or second job.
- All work done in our office is as a W-2 employee.
How do I get hired as a transcriber?
It’s simple. Simply email to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- A thorough and up-to-date resume and attach as a PDF
- A thoughtful and relevant cover letter and attach as a PDF
- Additionally, take a screenshot and attach it to your application email (don’t paste it into the body) of the results from a typing test that meet our minimum requirements (85 wpm with 98% accuracy): Go to www.typingtest.com and complete one of the three-minute typing tests.