I have tried getting a medical reception job since May, knowing that I needed to get my foot in the door once I graduated. No, it has not been a year, but no one is considering me since I have never worked in a medical office. I have been a receptionist before. I don't know what the big deal is besides the fact that they have medical records. Whoop-di-do!Deborah, hasn't it been less than a month since you became certified? That is hardly a reason to talk suicide. I haven't found a coding job yet and it has been over a year since my certification. If my ship has floated this long then surely you can last a little longer.
Actually I HAVE BEEN "aging (53 yo now - not ashamed to admit it)...during the late 2000s and early 2010's" - I have been with my current employer for almost 5 years (but three different positions, including a coding auditor) and between the "glorious" late 90's and 2010 I had 9 different employers - a couple of which I was downsized, one of which was definately age-related, and the others I left because of the usual reasons - better pay, growth, etc. So, if you think I was just sitting around at the same place since those "glorious" times, think again - I went through all the struggles any other aging worker would have. And frankly, even with the recent promotion, I still don't feel that secure. But in case that does happen again, I will be ready and make sure that I have those skills that I can bring to the hiring manager - like I have been doing the past 15+ years. Even if I am not looking it's best to have that ready. Like back when I was in Boy Scouts - "Be Prepared."The late 90s were a glorious time in this country economically. Unemployment was at historic lows and employers were in general scrambling for anyone. Try aging into the workforce of the Great Recession during late 2000s and the early 2010s like I did and I highly suspect you would have similar employment difficulties.
I love your attitude...good for you. Who knows, this may open up a career in the restaurant business.For some positive news on my front, I am happy to say that I found employment. It is with a pan-asian restaurant located in downtown Orlando. I am still in training for a serving position for another week but by what I can see this looks like it is going to be a very enjoyable place to work. The team is so nice and the food is delicious and the location is really hip and has a great energy about it.
I am not even going to look at medical coding jobs for at LEAST six months! At this point I feel like the worst thing going for me is that the tedious coding field has resulted in lacerations of my work history that is probably making employers think that I can't hold a job. My next step is that I need to fix that pronto.
I will continue to go to my monthly coding meetings. If nothing else just for the CEUs. I'm not going to network at all or pester other coders about any open positions at their jobs (the common answer is that I would need experience anyway). I'll sit there, smile, maybe chit chat a bit for good measure. But I couldn't care less at this point about finding a coding job. I am finally employed again and I am happier than I have been for a long time.
There are several large dermatology practices in the Orlando area, and you think you know the one I took an exam at? So certain that you even claim to know people in the company.
I apologize, but I take your words with a little bit of skepticism.
Two things to add here.
First, to those of you saying to "start at the bottom". That information is a given within any industry. I don't think you all understand how ridiculous the hiring standards are even for these low level jobs. I have never, ever, in my whole adult life, witness a job advertisement withing a healthcare field that didn't require years of experience already doing whatever low level job was being advertised. Never in my working adulthood have I seen "entry level candidates welcome to apply" in any job even slightly related to the medical coding or records job field.
It appears that a lot of you started working in this field back in the 90s. You all need to look at this graph.
From the mid 90s all the way until 2008 (but particularly in the 90s) America was facing a labor crunch nationwide. It was EASY to find work back then! I on the other hand, like other young Americans, aged into the worst job market this nation has possibly ever seen. I'll never forget the newspapers passed throughout my university campus back in 2011 that were telling us that 60% of the graduates this year would be unemployed or underemployed. To those of you talking about starting at the bottom, I don't think you all quite understand how bad the job market is and how even these opportunities are slim pickings.
Secondly, and I am going to a dark place here, but it needs to be said, most of the job postings that I see for coders that are requiring all these years of experience are more than willing to hire a candidate that has a GED(!!!). I am sorry, but if work like this can be performed by people who have not even a full high school education then don't give me a damn word that this is work that needs years of experience to perform. Clearly, this is work that can be done by the LEAST EDUCATED PEOPLE IN SOCIETY. When I see this, I stand firm that the reason why entry level coding jobs are not offered is because the current batch of managers are too lazy to bother with training anyone. I even bet that those managers have GEDs themselves.
Have to agree with you Pam. There's nothing more to be said.Actually, I have a BS in Education, and am finishing my Master's in March. Just saying.
I'm all done responding to this thread, but it's crystal clear to me why you remain unemployed. Good grief.
Debra, can you give examples of what a resume and a cover letter should look like (in your opinion)? I think many of the people aren't selling themselves and that is why they are having problems. I have applied for many positions and get nothing back either? Just not sure what employers/managers are looking for on the resume and cover letter.What were you expectations when you decided to pursue this as a career?
What other types of employment is on your resume?
How many years have you been in the work force?
How does your previous work experience benefit the position you are applying for?
If this is a career change then why?
What made you decide on this career?
With no health care experience why should you start off as a coder?
You see these are the questions that go thru the employers minds when they look at your application and resume. If you can not/ have not addressed these issues then you can not count on a call back. It is not that there are no jobs, it is rather there are not enough qualified people to fill the positions. So you must explain why they need to take a chance on you. As a manager, any application without a professional resume and cover letter were thrown in the trash. The only apps that got to the second step were the ones that answered the questions I listed above. You must sell yourself not just fill out applications.
To those who've been cowardly enough to send messages anonymously, if you've got something to say, at least be adult-enough to identify who you are, otherwise go away. We may disagree with some comments, but at least we're not afraid to share them.I'm done posting in this thread. My posts are self-deleted and if the option was available I would have simply deleted the whole thread. I stand firm in my thoughts that this field needs a huge revamping of how it approaches entry level coders, but those thoughts are my own to have.
I will say though that I do not appreciate the endless stream of negative personal messages sent to me in an anonymous fashion. If you click on the "User CP" icon at the top of the page you can see comments given to you by anonymous forum users. I just figured out how to use it.
Have a good week everyone.
Is this the "private message" function? Or something different?To those who've been cowardly enough to send messages anonymously, if you've got something to say, at least be adult-enough to identify who you are, otherwise go away. We may disagree with some comments, but at least we're not afraid to share them.
Are you asking about the private message because you don't know about it or are you saying I shouldn't be criticizing people for being anonymous and sending disagreeable messages via private messages?Is this the "private message" function? Or something different?
I'm asking because I've never seen an "anonymous message" function...the only thing I see is "private message". I'm not criticizing at all, just trying to understand what the OP was referring to. Sorry for not being clear.Are you asking about the private message because you don't know about it or are you saying I shouldn't be criticizing people for being anonymous and sending disagreeable messages via private messages?
Your post is rather ambiguous.
Meagan, they are referring to the reputation icon. If you click on the reputation icon and you disagree with a post you must leave a comment indicating why you disagree. There is no way to know who it is that is the one disagreeing as there is no way to indicate who you are.I'm asking because I've never seen an "anonymous message" function...the only thing I see is "private message". I'm not criticizing at all, just trying to understand what the OP was referring to. Sorry for not being clear.
Jeez.Meagan, they are referring to the reputation icon. If you click on the reputation icon and you disagree with a post you must leave a comment indicating why you disagree. There is no way to know who it is that is the one disagreeing as there is no way to indicate who you are.
Hello AB87,Now i can agree with you on people that started working in coding in the 90's. It was much easier because they got anybody willing to learn and trained them from the bottom up. (100% Fact, ive heard lots of ppl that got their start that way). I will say this and some people dont realize this...... When it comes to coding, Hospitals will Outsource the work overseas (India) and the coders there in some cases have little to no exp. I have researched and most enrolled in a crash course in coding. (I understand they will work for less $$).My Point is that here in the U.S its not acceptable to train people that are willing to learn coding and build them up. When we outsource im not sure if we verify the coder's to see if they have years of Exp, Even Inpatient Charts are outsourced as well.