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How many gained employment with NO experience?

  1. #111
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    Las Vegas, NV
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    Medical Coding Books
    I was hired with no experience as the biller for an optometrists office and after 3 months left there to work for a billing company that bills for dozens of doctors and specialties. My boss will consider me for coding once I've been here for a while (started in April). Jobs are out there, I went to what seems like a million interviews before getting hired!

  2. #112
    Location
    Grand Rapids, MI
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    Default Better path...
    I started with my CPC-A doing documentation review due to my experience working with physicians as a medical secretary. It was my ability to work with doctors that got my foot in the door. But I have seen others in our A/R department start as payment posters, etc. who got their certification and totally by passed me due to their A/R experience. I think the key is to focus on finding a good organization and get your foot in the door doing anything. Establish yourself as a good employee and someone people want to work with and you will be surprised at how others will champion you and network for you to get you were you want to go.

    You gotta have a job anyway, right? So, start out doing SOMETHING and let it lead you were you want to go. You can't stear a parked car. Get in there and get to work!

  3. Default Get out there!
    I had zero experience in the healthcare field (or any kind of office work) when I made the decision to get certified. It took me 5 months to get hired as a coder. I was at the point where I was looking for anything to get me into a medical office but I still was receiving no response to applications. I realized that most people hiring have hundreds of resumes sent to them and mine just wasn't that impressive, and my CPC-A was not a selling point. I finally went to a job fair at a local community college and met a recruiter for a large healthcare company that was outside of my search zone, but not so far that I couldn't make it work. The recruiter was impressed with me, personally, and I got a phone interview, then an in-person interview, then a job offer for a coding specialist position within a week. I realize that my experience is not the norm. But my advice to job-seekers is to get out of the house. Dress like you already have the job, be confident and personable, and charm the pants off those HR folks. Remember that the people at the job fair are recruiters. It is their job to hire people, so your success is their success. Most of the other seekers I saw there were in sweats or jeans. I dressed for an interview, had several printed copies of my resume in a nice portfolio, and I stood out from the crowd. If your resume is not a shining star, you have to go and shine for yourself. Good luck!

  4. #114
    Default No experience
    I got a job as a medical coder/biller at an Urgent care about a month and a half after passing my exam. I had NO experience in the healthcare field prior to getting my job. In part it had to do with the fact that they were very new and wanted people who could easily adapt to their EHR/PM system. My boss also said that my grades and bachelors degree were what got me in the door. But I also felt really discouraged after passing my exam, because when I was getting in to the field everyone made it sound like there would be opportunities galore, but as I read these forums and looked at potential jobs all I saw was NEED EXPERIENCE...mostly in the range of 5+ yrs...but I just looked every single day on Craigslist, Jobing.com and any other site I could find, and went to interviews for other jobs related to the field, like front desk, that have potential for upward mobility. I called and followed up sometimes 3x a week if I hadn't heard anything. Being persistent can pay off

  5. #115
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    I worked at Frito Lay as a route sales rep while I went to school. It was my teacher who pointed me to a new company that was hiring. CPC-A accepted. They are still hiring. Go to www.censeohealth.com to apply. They are located in Dallas, TX, off of 635 and Midway Rd.

    I also would encourage all students and newly certified to get on Linked-In and make connections. You don't get jobs in the Health Information field without networking. I think most people will tell you "Oh, my friend told me about this place," or "My friend told the boss about me." Networking is crucial. Tell everyone you know that you are certified and looking for a position. It's not about who you know. It's who they know! Good luck!

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    QUOTE: Dress like you already have the job, be confident and personable, and charm the pants off those HR folks. Remember that the people at the job fair are recruiters. It is their job to hire people, so your success is their success. Most of the other seekers I saw there were in sweats or jeans. I dressed for an interview, had several printed copies of my resume in a nice portfolio, and I stood out from the crowd. If your resume is not a shining star, you have to go and shine for yourself. Good luck! ~~~~
    [GOOD ADVICE!!!]

    And remember, that what you post on-line, will now 'follow you for life'. Employers CAN and DO look for what your on-line presence says about you. Watch spelling and grammar. These things DO matter!

    Have a 'professional' e-mail address. ('cutiepie@???(dot)com) isn't where you really want your future employer to contact you, is it?)~~~~ first.lastname@...com is much better.)

    I have always been advised, even after getting the job, to 'dress for the job you want...not the job you have'! Casual Fridays can and are abused horribly! Don't be that person! ---(It's NOT healthy for your career!)

    Good Luck to all of you who are looking!

  7. Default
    I did, but, only by default. I was actually employed in another area of HIM and enrolled in a coding course. I was looking for other jobs because I was told there wasn't enough room for another coder. Then, that coder quit and I was offered the job. I'm still not very experienced at all, though, with CPT or HCPCS because we only use ICD9 coding. So, I feel for anyone trying to look for a coding position without experience.

  8. Default Still looking
    I received my RHIT certificate on 12/30/13 and have been looking for employment without success.

    Thank you for all your encouraging words.
    Vicky

  9. #119
    Default New CPC
    I have been working in a doctors office for about 3-5 years now and I just passed my CPC test on 6/21/14. If anyone knows of an office or hospital in the St. Louis, MO area that may be interested in a new coder please email me at scoach62@hotmail.com.

    I just recently started the application process and I am hopeing to find something over the next few months.

    Thanks for the encouragement because I have heard nothing but horror stories since I started this journey.

  10. #120
    Thumbs up I started out with no medical experience
    I started at the front office for a cardiologist. Did scheduling, checking out and prior authorizations for out-patient procedures. I got hired on with a larger cardiology practice in Prior Authorizations and moved up to Front Office Manager and then learned coding for everything from office visits to device placements, vascular interventions, and sleep DME...

    I am currently the Billing Office Manager of the same practice. I do not have my CPC, but want to get my certification soon.

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