Brandi gives excellent advice....as someone who has recently interviewed brand-new coders for entry level jobs, I often ask what everyone's five year plan is. I am not impressed by many of the answers...
"I want to be coding"
"I want to be working full-time"
"I want to learn more about coding".
Good grief. I feel like I have to hold a mirror under their noses to see if they're breathing.
Here's what I want to hear.....
"I want to obtain my specialty certification in ______
"I'd like to be in a supervisory role"
"I want to be able to audit and teach physicians".
"I am interested in compliance"
"I'd like to get my degree".
Frankly (and I think I speak for other managers), I am looking for people who will fit into my succession plan. I need employees who are going to grow with and complement our hospital. I am never interested in anyone who just wants a job. In fact, those people are not hired, by me anyway.
So think ahead five or ten years, before you apply, because coding isn't 'just a job'. It's a career with a lot of growth potential. So if you don't approach this as an opportunity to shine, you're not going to get a chance to get your foot in the door.
May I rant?????
I also know that many of the people (mostly women) that I have recently interviewed are looking for jobs that they can work their lives around. I'll be honest here. I'm very flexible when it comes to sick kids, family vacations, and the occasional (key word) family issue, but I am not running a daycare, and I can't afford to have people tell me when they can and can't work. I am unable provide a 'work from home' situation, and I can't always accomodate "mother's hours". If you want a great career...you have to be willing to work for it....40+ hours a week, and sometimes later in the day than the schoolbus arrives. It annoys me when I bring someone in for an interview for a 40-hour postiion, and when I ask them if they are available 7-3:30, Monday-Friday to have the candidate tell me 'Well, I can't be here Wednesday, because I don't have childcare, and Thursday afternoons I have to leave early because of Cub Scouts, and then Friday morning, I volunteer at my kids' classroom." Nothing against supermoms....but you have to be very balanced and organized to work in this field.
Just wanted to point this out, because I do see a lot of posts from women (I assume) who are trying to work around the kids. My opinion, for what it's worth, anyway.
Pam Brooks, MHA, CPC, PCS, COC
Dover, NH 03820
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