Any available transcription jobs with Pioneer Transcription Services
will be listed on this page. We typically only hire independent
subcontractors who strive to meet our high level of excellence. There is an application form at the bottom of this page, but please read our preferences below before applying. We also prefer to only test those who already have a foot pedal and are ready to begin working as soon as possible. There is a link in the right hand column to an Infinity Foot Pedal that works with almost any transcription software. We prefer the FTW Transcriber, although you are welcome to use any transcription software of your choice.
The way our process works is we ask you to fill out our online
application form (at the bottom of this page). Be sure to include references if you have them and
please pay attention to details when filling this form out as this is
your first impression for us. If we are interested in pursuing it
further, we will contact you with instructions on taking a short
transcription test. Once you complete that we will either add you to
our list of subcontractors for transcription jobs or let you know that
we are not interested at this time. When you are added to our list of
subcontractors you will be able to log into our system at your
convenience and see what transcription jobs are available that suit your
Currently we are looking for a Spanish to English transcriptionist. These are usually for recorded interviews.
We are also always looking for a few general transcriptionists and legal transcriptionists to help with overflow on an as-needed basis. Most work entails two-person interviews, but we sometimes have a variety of assignments. Transcriptionists must possess a good command of the English language, be detail oriented, and have experience in transcription work.
Following are some of our preferences. Please follow these preferences when completing the test:
Use [inaudible] if you cannot hear what is being said. Use [unintelligible] if you can hear what is being said but you just cannot make it out. Please put a time code directly after the inaudible or unintelligible so that we can go and see if we can make it out.
If unsure of a spelling of a name please spell it phonetically and then type [phonetic] directly after it the first time it appears in the transcript.
If no sample is given for formatting please use 1” margins all around and a Times New Roman 12 point font.
Please use the words all right rather than alright.
Please use the spelling yeah rather than yea.
Please use the spelling okay and not ok.
Please type out going to and because instead of using gonna and ‘cause.
Please use e-mail instead of email.
For numbers one through nine, please spell them out. For numbers 10 and above, please use the numerals.
When the day follows the month, express it in cardinal figures (1, 2, 3, etc.), e.g., on March 6 (not March 6th or sixth).
Please use hm-hmm for the affirmative and uh-uh for negative. Please type the words [affirmative] and [negative] after.
Please capitalize Bay Area when it occurs.
Please note the correct spelling is workers’ compensation not worker’s compensation.
Google is your friend. Please try to find unfamiliar names using Google. If you cannot find a spelling for a name or a place please send me a note in an e-mail with your completed job regarding any unknown spellings or other things that I need to double check on the job.
Please proofread your jobs carefully. While we do run quality control procedures on our jobs, it is first the typist’s responsibility to make sure they are turning in a quality transcript they can be proud of.
When a speaker’s thought trails off at the end of a sentence, please use an ellipsis.
He could easily have saved the situation…
When a speaker changes thoughts abruptly in the middle of a sentence, please use an em-dash with no spaces on either side of the dash. (We were about to go to the—No, he didn’t go.)
For repeated words use a single dash. (We-we-we went to the store.)
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