I understand your frustrations BUT eadun2000 is right. Attitude is everything>
And sometimes inexperienced coders do get coding jobs. I know I did. I finished my class in December of 2007, sat for the CPC in March of 2008 and passed my first time. Then I looked for work until June of 2008. I interviewed several places, places that were offering $8-$9 an hour for certified coders. (Crazy but I needed a job and if I had been offered one of those I might have taken it)
I was applying to everything, even jobs that I wasn't qualified for because I knew that if I interviewed with the right person I would be able to let them see my passion for coding and my thirst for coding knowledge.
In June I interviewed with a small local surgeons office (3 surgeons general, vascular, and thoracic and 1 PA) and I got the job!! Because I was certified and some of the other candidates were not.
It is possible!! Just hang in there. I understand you have to eat and pay bills so maybe you have to take another job or two in the interim but NEVER give up. Keep studying and keep learning. Get out the phone book and call every physician's office in your area! Create a neat cover letter and mail your resume to all of those offices!! Impress everyone with your positive energy and can do attitude!!
A. McCormick, CPC, CGSC
Walters Surgical Associates