I am always happy to learn of online jobs that don’t require experience, and lucky for all of us “stay-at-homers” I found one: GMR Transcription is currently hiring general typists and transcriptionists with some medical knowledge to join their team. Reading through the job description it appears they have plenty of work available – daily and consistent work at that.
According to their FAQ page, they only hire general typists – not legal nor medical transcriptionists. They don’t require you to have any experience in transcription, nor do you need certification, but they do have a strict grading system.
That said, the current opening does mean that you need some background in medical terminology or you will have a hard time getting the job done. At the very least, have the ability to look-up or research medical terminology. If you aren’t interested in learning medical terminology, you can take a look through this page for other transcription companies.
Besides the lack of experience needed to work for GMR, they provide a resource page for transcribers, to include software options, places to obtain headsets, and file transfer methods. Well worth checking out, even if you already do transcription elsewhere.
About the Current Position:
Each transcription must be done verbatim and then proofread. The files are approximate 60 audio minute long interviews regarding the medical condition of the interviewee…hence the medical knowledge.
As far as consistent work flow, GMR states files are assigned each day, Monday through Friday, and must be completed by the next morning. What I especially like about this job: you can work whenever you want…no set schedule, no specific amount of hours…whenever you want…One thing to keep in mind, however, the early bird gets the
worm work, so be persistent and grab files to work on before they’re gone.
The process works by you completing an application (don’t forget to upload your resume), which will trigger GMR to automatically send you – via email – a test. The test consists of audio files and instructions which must be followed to a “T”.
It is important to note that you must tick the box that asks if you are willing to take a short test when you upload your resume. Also, be sure to enter your valid email address.
From their FAQ page:
The test is automatically sent after you submit your resume, so we cannot email it to you again. First, make sure you selected “Yes” to “Are you willing to take a short test?” when you uploaded your resume. Second, check your Spam or Junk folder in your email. The system only accepts one email address per applicant, so you can try again with another email address. The typists that we hire must have reliable email accounts, so if you are not receiving our emails, you will not be able to work with us.
When you are done with the test, upload it here
via the “click here to upload test file” link. Then the waiting begins…for about two weeks. If you don’t hear from them within two weeks, then they are not interested in hiring you. Don’t worry, though. Try tweaking your resume and applying again. Heck, can’t hurt, right?
As far as pay, there is little to no information that I can share. Once you are hired, pay rates are established. Pay is based on the turnaround time, number of speakers, and quality of audio.
This sounds like a promising company to work for and to gain valuable experience in general transcription, but I have heard that they try to get the less experienced applicants to take their online course. If you’re good enough, and pass the test, then you more than likely can skip the course
NOTE: Yesterday, Feb. 3, 2014, FTC and GMR reached a settlement stemming from a complaint of inadequate security measures. The complaint alleges GMR made false, or misleading, representations about its data security, claiming some private medical information was made available to a major search engine back in 2011 by GMR’s India-based service provider. Steps are being made to improve and verify security measures. Read the full story.