Networking is very important. It allows you to know someone who may help you land a job. However, tantamount to networking is the technical skill behind it. I once worked with a grade "A" networker. This person could market better than the drug companies. Catch was, he didn't have any substantial skill to act as his foundation. The perception may very well be that you have to "know someone" to get where you're going. In all but one (1) job I've had, I knew no one when I walked through the doors. It was technical skill and soft skills that helped me edge over the other candidates.
Please remember that your foundation begins at the bottom--not the second story. Spend time looking for jobs on the employment searches that are not necessarily coding or billing. There are multiple opportunities for experience that translate to coding out of the following HIM and revenue cycle jobs:
- File Clerk*
Release of Information*
Chart Completion Analyst
Medical Administrative Asst*
Dental office assistant
Medical Records Tech*
Medical Collections Specialist
Enrollment Specialist/Insurance Verification
Medical Customer Service Rep
Insurance Reimbursement Specialist*
These are just to name a few that I encountered on job boards. Point being, your skills as a certified coder can be put to great use outside of production coding jobs. Although you may aim to be a production coder (or something else), consider any of these options to help you in attaining that goal.
As demonstration that we all start somewhere, the * above represent duties and/or positions that I held prior to becoming a coder.
Last edited by kevbshields; 12-02-2010 at 07:37 AM.
Kevin B. Shields, RHIT, CPCO, CCS, CPC, COC, CCS-P, CPC-P, CPC-I