First, don't confine yourself to "CODING" jobs. You may be able to get a foot in the door in medical records, reception, patient registration, or billing. Don't forget to consider the payors ... insurance companies or the state (Medicaid) or federal (Medicare) offices.
Ask around ... don't just rely on the newspaper or web-based job ads. Check with your friends, your neighbors, your relatives, your church acquaintances, your coding teacher.
Ask your doctor(s) ... One woman I know got her job as follows: As her husband was leaving his doctor appointment he stopped at the desk to pick up his Rx and make a follow-up appointment. When he was done, the office manager asked (routinely) "Is there anything else you need?" He responded - "Yes, give my wife a job!" The office manager only paused a moment before telling him to have her send her resume. As it turned out that office didn't need her services (they thought she was OVER qualified!), but the manager did call another physician who needed someone, and my friend has a job now.
I, myself, was NOT looking for a job but met a physician at a social event. As we were introducing ourselves and "what do I do" ... he blurted out - "would you like to come work for me?"
You have your certification and that is an accomplishment you can take pride in.
F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
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