I was in the same situation. I am 22 and don't have any experience in coding at all. I passed my CPC in May of 2006 and went for an interview in October of 2006. I knew people that worked in the coding field and experience is everything to them. So I didn't get that job, I was dissapointed and hurt because it was my first real interview. So i just kept applying for any job to get in the hospital because they are more likely to transfer you than hire a new person. Well i kept appplying more and more and I got in a different department and 6 months later I applied for a coding position and I didn't get hired for it because of the experience but I got hired as a Billing Representative. So that gave me some billing experience so when another coding position came open I applied when my six months was up and this past October i went for another coding interview. I FINALLY got a job as an outpatient coder, I am so lucky that someone gave me an opportunity after a year of trying to work my way to a coding position. Since I am young people thought I wasn't serious about coding. But I am, maybe you need to show some real passion for coding and really get yourself out there. It really does help, I wish you the best of luck! You'll get one soon! Just keep applying!!!! and be positive! And people should support new coders and give us the experience that we want and need.
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