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one year work experience, so no one will hire me

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    Going into this thread is so distressing, though it is the realty.. No one is accountable for the ‘out of reach situation’ for the new-bee. Yes indeed it is very hard these days to gain an entry. The way the employers ask for an experience is so distressing when it comes to a certified coder waiting for 1year and X exponentials. Many of them already have been in an ‘atmosphere’ and a sort of hands- on-experience for a year or two. It is not that they are not talented, equipped or stuffed; there is something beyond that we cannot comprehend!!
    Some could argue that it is as simple as that these coders have no experience well, it is a known truth but give them a walker for a little while; most of them will start running on their first Birthday!!
    Even I changed my career with the great passion in coding, after many years of high volume fast track and highly responsible and accountable job. It is not that sort of “all that glitters are not gold.” Coding is a great fascinating and rewarding career not only in monitory perspective, but provides a great sense of satisfaction social net work, and joy of completing challenging issues. It is a totally committed, responsible and noble job, rendered towards a noble profession and laurels, who have committed themselves, and sacrificed many perks of their social and family life style.
    No regret and no turning back. Great days pretty near - just a few blocks ahead of you all who wait for that moment.
    Every positive advice provided to you in this forum, is a precious pearl and a stepping stone for your success.
    I had been waiting for a year to find one.; many phone and personal interviews. Every time I was almost at the verge of shooting but it just passed for some reason that I could not comprehend. I was not lacking behind in many ways to my knowledge. I kept striking hard every day, whole day and all day long and late nights.
    AAPC is doing a tremendous work in posting many thousands of job offer every day. I sit late nights to go into the details of the requirements the employers need- at inter and intra states levels!. It is a huge investment on the part of AAPC to do such a wonderful job for us. I kept applying untiringly (though depressed sometimes). ROME WAS NOT BUILT IN A DAY!
    There are some HRs (employers), who really do not look into the potentials and values inside of you; some of them are strictly so steam lined, stereotyped and programmed that they set you aside so quickly as a winkle of an eye! I do not blame them for that; that is the way it happens to be; even for those who are willing to enter into the reception.
    But there are many who really get into the insight of the valuable equations of the position and your potentialities, and set up interviews for you; often it is hard for them to select one among the best and one fine day, the fortune smiles on YOU!
    Finally, the bottom line of my story is, after my tireless and relentless persuasiveness and perseverance, more than that, my never failing God, our Good Lord, got me into the dream job which I had been luring since long.
    You know what? I got the ad from AAPC Job site. I thank AAPC for that. Thank God, but for His amazing Grace, I would not have got there. Next, my long term search did not fail me.
    Search is not lucrative but decorative in its outcome.
    So do not give up. Try ceaselessly until you win the race!
    Thank you for tuning in!!!
    Last edited by preserene; 04-07-2011 at 02:45 AM.

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    Thank you all for your advise, it is great that you all took time out to help and I hope that all of your responses helped others as well. I love coding and I would hate to have to give up so I have taken it a couple steps foward. Last December I finished with medical transcription but couldn't find a job in that field unless I have 3 years experience just like coding. This week I started a Medical Assistant degree at the college that I received my coding degree from, I only have 9 class then I will finish with an medical assisting degree. By November of this year I will have a degree in Coding, Medical assisting and a certificate in transcription. This will be my last try to be a part of the medical community, I have been in and out of medical school for aprox. 15 years. I am trying so hard because it isn't just me, I have a 4 year old little girl, a husband, and a dog (I just had to include her, she counts too) My family depends on me and I want to show my little girl that I tried so hard for her.

    Stacy Keown, CPC

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    Where do you live I'm looking for two ER coders, must know evaluation and management, ICD-9, CPT and able to code 80 to 100 charts per day.
    Paula Ciaralli
    619-532-9939 San Diego

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    Hello Mrs Paula, I live in Greensburg, Ky. Thank you for the reply.
    Stacy Keown, CPC

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    Memphis Tennessee Chapter 90101
    I have never replied to a post before, but after reading your response to this thread I was prompted to do so.
    I am another one of those recent graduates of a medical coding specialist program. Sold on the possibility that jobs in this field were in high demand. The job search has been very disappointing. The key word is "Experience" when applying for coding/billing job positions. Without 3-5 yrs experience in the field, applicants are not even considered. It is very easy to see why newly credentialed candidates are giving up or reconsidering their career choice.
    Giving up is not an option, or even a word in my vocabulary. Having frustration and feeling discouraged are two factors that are setting in and may be hendering my outlook. I attended a vocational college to obtain my education and graduated with a 4.0 GPA, I also took the AAPC CPC exam and earned my CPC-A credentials, I was ready then to put all of that to good use and I still am ready to do so...but my lack of experience keeps me from being able.
    A support system offered to recent graduates might be helpful, not just to recommend jobs, or to offer continued education, but a system that could place an apprentise with a mentor. After completing my externship and graduating, I felt like I was shipped out to sea without a life jacket. If there was a program for mentoring I would sign up and I think alot of others would too. Clasting blame or questioning responsibility will not produce positive results.
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    Salt Lake City South
    Smile Tough it is
    It is definitely a tough market, as is any other market. I'm young, just recently finished a medical coding program and how I got into the field was by taking a job at a call-center. I worked hard, happy that I simply had a job and in six months was blessed to be moved into the auditing department. You never know what may come your way but a foot in the door is effective, coming from first-hand experience. Good luck to all!

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    Hey there smith in memphis, tn. I completely agree with your statement. I am so glad I started this thread I feel that all of us have helped others. I have gotten ideas from other coders in this thread, I plan on calling our tiny hospital in Campbellsville to see if they can accept me as a volunteer. Although, I need money to help my family survive, I am willing to accept a volunteer status to get my foot in the door.I love coding and I feel that I was good, detailed coder, but now I am having to go back to school for another medical degree;medical assistanting.

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    Hi, newly certified CPC-A here!

    After reading through the whole thread, what seems to be the most helpful for me is reading how people got the billing and coding jobs and strategies they used. Is this the right thread for that or is this a more general thread? The more specific, the better! Or even what would you not do/do?


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    Kachina East Valley Coders
    Quote Originally Posted by keowns View Post
    Hello Mrs Paula, I live in Greensburg, Ky. Thank you for the reply.
    Stacy Keown, CPC
    Does the coder need to be certified? I live in Arizona and schedule to take my CPC on 6/25/10. I am very much willing to re-locate if the right offer comes available. I have 12yrs experience as a CNA, 2 yrs as a Referral Coordinator for one of the biggest injured/urgent care clinics, Concentra. I currently graduated from a technical college and got hired right out of my externship at an outsource billing company.

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    Has anyone investigated the "Virtual Experience" offered by the AAPC.

    I believe this may be their response to so many CPC-As looking for experience.

    It seems like it has good potential, however, the question remaining is this:

    Do you pay the money, code the 800 charts, and have your "A" dropped but still have no experience to put on a resume to gain employment with?

    Or are employers looking at this ans saying "800 charts coded at a 90% sounds like they know what they are doing at this point, I will give them an opportunity to work for me".

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