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    Unhappy Looking for a coding job when you have no experience

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    Looking for advice on how to get a coding job when you don't have the experience due to making a career change.
    I took a class and passed my test but keep getting rejected due to lack of experience.
    You can't get experience if no one will give you an oppurtunity to get your foot in the door.


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    Default No experience

    Hi Theresa,
    I'm in the same boat. And today, when speaking with a temp recruiter, he told me that working in a doctor's office at the front desk would not count as coding experience. I thought if I did that for a year, at least I'd get my foot in the door...

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    Hi, my first job in billing/coding I got a year ago after passing my CPC exam. I had been applying for hospitals, doctors offices, even billing companies with no success. I was hired by a home health care provider as a biller/collector. It did not really give me coding experience, but the exposure to billing helped me get my current job, which is a biller/coder for an outpatient surgery center. The home health company really wanted previous experience, but my schooling and the fact I was a certified coder really impressed them. They also were interested in computer skills (excel especially since we used alot of spreadsheets).

    Hope this is helpful - Don't give up. Good Luck!


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    Just get your foot in the door, once there after a couple months, express your interest in learning the billing and coding area. Keep reading and educating yourself on coding. Your best bet is to look at smaller offices. Find a mentor in coding...there's lots of us out there. Good luck!

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    Red face NO Exprience

    Hello All
    I am in the same boat, I been working in the hospital over 10yrs and still can't get job either with my CPC, CPC-H, so now I am working on my CCS and RHIT degree.
    I have been trying to get a internship at different hospital they say they don't have time or they want respond to you. So I suggest you go for your CCS and RHIT degree.
    I plan on taking the CCS exam next year. Join AHIMA and CHIA .

    P. S. I am not going to give up. I have spend so much money on coding and also spending $120.00 dollars a year to keep the CPC-H and CPC credential. (that sucks). all the jobs that is posted on AAPC they want 2yrs experience and CCS RHIT, RHIA Credential.
    You might as well go for the CCS credential.

    ALso I have certified since 2008- and still can't get anything.
    We discuss this every month at our chapter meeting.


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    This sounds like a reoccuring theme for all of us new to the coding arena. We based our decision to do this on the information we found out in the job market. Coders needed, not enough coders to handle market, unemployment offices giving these courses to the current load of people who have lost their jobs...... and yet here we all sit.
    I have 21 years of management experience and all of the computer skills you would ever need and still nothing. I have been told you are over qualified for front end positions ( recptionist, clerks, etc..) but you have no experience for the billing/coding positions.
    I have applied for everything to try to get my foot in the door. And nothing.

    The Project Xterns is a great idea if, like many others have found out, anyone on the list would call you back or even acknowledge that they received your message.

    I wanted a new career and this sounded like a great opportunity. Now I am begining to rethink that decision. Besides the time and money that I have invested I feel that I am loosing what I have learned because I have not been able to put it to use.

    Of the 4 people that was in my study group and all of the classes, and that passed the CPC test, only 1 has a position in coding. She was able to get that because of going to an auditing seminar and the instructor teaching the class took an interest in her. The instructor had her own company and hired her.
    I don't have that kind of luck...LOL.

    I attend chapter meetings and hear the same thing from others who are new to coding. Too bad each chapter couldn't have mentors for all the new people so that they could be coach and helped through this process. Maybe the coding blues wouldn't be as bad.

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    Fayetteville, NC


    I guess I am just one of the lucky ones. I took the class and two months later sat for and passed the CPC. I didn't get a job right off. I started looking before I sat for the test and it took 6 months to find a job but I applied to everything. I even applied at temp agencies.
    Alot of what I applied to paid very poorly and I was told again and again that I didn't have enough experience. I was very depressed and feeling like I had made a big mistake. It seemed like there were no jobs for a person with no experience and the places that were hiring weren't offering enough money to have made my expense and effort worthwhile.
    Then wonder of all wonders I was called to interview with a local surgical practice. In the interview I told them upfront that I had no "real world" experience, my background was in retail, but that I would work hard and continue to study everything about coding.
    To make a long story short they offered me the job, with no experience, at twice what the other places I had interviewed with were offering!! So it can happen.....just keep trying. Apply everywhere. Most hospitals, at least in my area demand you have a CCS or so many years experience but lots of doctor's offices do aren't as picky.

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    Default Biller Needed

    We are looking for two billing specialists. We are located in the Hummelstown PA area, if you are interested send your resume to:

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    I currently am employed by a huge medical facility and i am having no luck in finding a billing and coding job here. I have applied for several positions here but, no one wants to give me a chance (so much for having a foot in the door). I've even tried applying for a "receptionist" position but was denied the opportunity because i would want to move on to a "biller/coder" position in the future...go figure. I will definitely look into a home health facility. This may be the key. Thanks for the insight.

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    Apr 2007

    Default job search pain

    I’m a Quality Analyst & Internal Auditor, have a degree, highly proficient computer skills and can’t get hired even as a receptionist in the medical field. I feel your pain with the job search. In my area (Salisbury, NC) most of the hospitals and a lot of the physician offices have laid off staff. Employers have a large choice of candidates and offer low, low pay. I have NO medical experience except for my schooling and certification. Luckily, I do still have a job while I’m begging for an opportunity in the medical field. I apply for everything office related and will continue to do so. I’m hoping I’ll wear them down if they see my application past through enough times. I’ve even offered to work for free in the evenings at a practice in order to gain that experience I need. But so far no luck. I try to stay positive it will pay off. For now, I just keep my credits up while watching the job market.

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