How to Get a Typing Job

Being good at typing can be both a gift and a curse. For one thing, it can be very handy if you ever have a job that requires typing. On the other hand, it can really be depressing if you type very fast but can't find a job that requires a lot of typing.

You know you have this skill as a typist, but have no place to use it to your advantage. That's why you need to know where to look and how to land typing jobs. There are plenty of jobs out there that require fast typists, but the job titles may not clearly say "typist", so you may be missing out on a lot of them.

Get Certified

If you really type fast, then the first thing you need to do is to get certified. It's easy to do that, and is usually very cheap too. Getting certified is basically just visiting somewhere that performs typing tests, and having them record your typing and to certify it with a document. Many temp agencies, such as Manpower, offer typing tests for somewhere between $10 and $20.

The test is usually only about 5 minutes long and you can be tested on regular keyboard typing or even 10-key typing. It's as simple as sitting down, looking at a document on the computer, and typing out the text in that document while you're reading it.

Once the test is finished, an employee will print out a certificate that has your 10-key or word per minute speed on it. Once you have this document, you can use it as proof to show employers just how fast you actually type.

Career Sites

It's not uncommon to find typing jobs simply by looking on career sites online, but the positions that companies are hiring for may not clearly say "typing" or "typist" in the job listing. On websites like Indeed, CareerBuilder, and Monster, typing jobs are often listed as various positions that involve typing.

Some of these titles include data entry, administrative assistant, office clerk, medical transcriptionist, and even customer service or call center. You should specifically look for these types of postings, and read the descriptions for each job very carefully.

The amount of typing you do on the job, in relation to other duties, could vary. A call center position may be answering phones to speak with the customers or clients of a company, but majority of your workday may be typing during and after calls, while only a small part of your day is spent on the phone with the actual people.

Also, try searching for jobs by section, to look for all those that are listed under "clerical", "administrative" or "customer service". If you do this, you can check each listing one by one because jobs that involve mostly typing would be be listed under these types of sections.

Temp Agencies

Temp agencies can be a great resource to find typing jobs because many of them specialize in office-type jobs, such as clerical ones, that often require a lot of typing. The jobs can often become permanent positions, which is not uncommon, so if you really want a typing job then you may want to take a risk and try to land a temporary position first.

If the employer really likes you and has a need for you there, then you can usually stay on even longer than the original contact is set for. Since temp agencies have all types of companies contracting through them all day, every day, you should apply for any available and relevant jobs through as many temp agencies as you can find.

Be sure to list your words-per-minute typing speed on your resume or the application you fill out so a recruiter can match your skills with a specific job that you'll be good at. They'll usually gather a bunch of people who apply through their agency, and then "pitch" those people to the employers that contract them.

This just means that they'll choose you for an interview, but will allow the employer to have the final say in deciding if you should be interviewed again or hired. Since many temp agencies offer typing certification tests, you may want to get that done through them so they can have their own certification to show off to employers they pitch you to.

Post Resume Online

Posting your resume online, with your skill set listed, is very crucial. The most websites you post it on, the better your chances of being found are. Sometimes employers or temp agency recruiters search websites like Monster and CareerBuilder, looking for someone who has the skills they're looking for.

They will often type in certain keywords when looking for skills such as "typing" or "wpm" (words per minute). So be sure to list keywords like these on your resume so people can find you when they search for these specific words, and try to include variations on those words as well in case they type things a little differently.

Also, make sure that your resume is currently updated. If they come across a resume that has your last employer listed as employment from last year, they may pass up on you and find someone else.

Sometimes, where you post your resume is more important than how many different places. So try not to focus on smaller websites that you know an employer would never use. Focus the saved time on improving the look of your resume and making sure that it's easy to find, by paying close attention to the keywords in it.

Freelance Websites

With the internet as popular as it is now, there's plenty of options for you if you just want to do side jobs that involve typing. There's all kinds of freelance websites out there that have jobs posted daily, which are basically just assignments.

The assignments will usually only last a few hours or a day, but some may be more long-term ones. People who need things typed out and who don't have the time or skills to do it themselves, will often post the types of work they need done on to various websites online. Since this option is not very well-known to the outside world, most of the people who post these jobs are people who work online, such as website owners.

The way it works is that you'll usually have to bid against other people looking for assignments. You say how much you're willing to do the job for, and then someone else can choose to outbid you by offering to do the job at a cheaper rate. The cheapest worker doesn't always get the job, since the people who are posting the assignments can choose who they want to hire to do the work.

Sometimes they'll look at your work history (typically listed as the number of assignments you've already completed for other people online), or other factors. Keep in mind, that many of the people bidding to do these types of jobs live in countries like India, China, and the Philippines, where the cost of living is considerably cheap compared to countries like the United States and England.

So if you live in one of the more expensive countries out there, then you'll have people outbidding you at rates that seem ridiculously cheap to you.

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