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Thread: How many gained employment with NO experience?

  1. #71
    Join Date
    Apr 2007


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    We hired a person with CPC-A without any medical background experience and I gave him 6 months training and he is working in our facility as outpatient coder.

    The effort should come from both employer and the coder

    Good luck

  2. #72
    Join Date
    Apr 2007

    Smile From Retail to Healthcare...

    I left retail in 2007 and became a Coders assistant in the billing dept of a large hospital. I did the data entry for an inpt/outpt multispecialty coder. She had 20 yrs experience. I had none. I didn't even know the difference between Medicaid and Medicare at the time. I was 23! 6 months later she got the fabulous idea to start training me on the job to become a coder myself. 2 yrs after that I gained my CPC on the first try and was later promoted up to coder within the hospitals residency program. That was 7 yrs ago. I have since moved to a medium sized billing company as an Emergency Room Coder as well as doing Contract coding on the side remotely. I also carry CEDC specialty credentials.

    So yes, it is possible to gain employment with NO experience. But sometimes you have to really be willing to work from the ground up!
    Kira D. Flint CPC, COC, CEDC

  3. #73


    I took a part time job as a receptionist in a busy pediatrics practice just to get my foot in the door. I made a point of letting the billing manager know that I was interested in moving to a coding/billing position when a job became available and gave her my resume. In the meantime, I tried to learn as much as I could about the receptionist position and volunteered to take on extra projects that weren't necessarily a receptionist's responsibility. It wasn't long before I was promoted to a full time job as a coder/billing specialist. Be willing to take an entry level job and go above and beyond. Your efforts will definitely be noticed!

  4. #74
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Wausau, WI

    Red face

    I had applied for a position in Patient Registration. During the interview, we discussed my desire to become a coder. I was not offered the position because they were not looking for someone who wanted to 'get their foot in the door.' Hiring and training employees is very expensive for employers.

    That being said, a few weeks later, I recived a call for a temporary position in Medical Records. I was qualified for the position with my prior office experience (non-medical) and Associates Degree in Medical Administration. Less than 4 months into my 5 month committment to Medical Records, a CPT coding poistion opened. Yes, the preference was for someone with experience and CPC credential. I had neither. I had also made a commitment which conflicted with the desired start date. I interviewed and took the test. I was not the first to be offered the position. (That person told her employer she was leaving and they made her an offer she couldn't refuse.) After a second conversation with the coding supervisor, I was offered the position.

    The advantage I had was I was already familiar with the software programs the hospital uses, and had already proven myself as a dedicated, consciencious, responsible employee. Had I been hired for Patient Registration I would not have been eligible for a transfer to another postion for 1 year (per hospital policy) and would have missed out on this opportunity.

    My advise, apply for every position you are qualified for, but be honest with the interviewer. If your ultimate goal is coding, let them know that. You may not get the position you applied for, but your phone just might ring for something better!

  5. #75

    Exclamation Hope for the discouraged.

    I started out as Indexing Tech in HIM for a large medical group that included
    four hospitals. I went to medical coding school for a year and was hired as a
    coder I with no experience. I was actually still in school. Looking on a
    local hospitals job site...find entry level clerical/support positions just to get your foot in the door. Maintain your coding skills and/or get your certifications
    while working these positions. Once you have "your foot in the door" so to speak, apply for coding positions that will be posted. As a "current" employee
    you will have better chance of getting the position before it is externally
    posted. In other words they offer the jobs to those who are already "In"
    the system before they take outside applications.
    You just need to be patient and willing to do an entry level job and do it very well, so that you will be recognized as a valuable asset to the organization.

    April Sanchez CPC

  6. #76
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Terre Haute, IN


    I got a Job with No Experiance. I did the whole putting my Resume in every place.

    And i put it in for other states , Not just My area.

    I had to move from Missouri to North Carolina to get my foot in the door.
    Well that was in 2006.

    I now work on contract with the Military working from home.

    Good Luck !

  7. #77


    Thank you for posting this thread. It is very frustrating to find a job whgen you don't have experience. You see job postings saying one year or two years experience and you say HOW IN THE WORLD IS SOMEONE LIKE ME SUPPOSED TO GAIN EXPERIENCE IF I AM NOT GIVEN A CHANCE TO DO SO?!!! This was very encouraging to me that I have work even harder at networking and sometimes work my way up. Thanks again.

  8. #78


    I graduated in May and obtained employment in June doing nothing but coding. I got hired on as a full time coder with the option to code from home in about a year or when I had accomplished certain milestones. By December I had accomplished those milestones and I began coding from home in January. It can be done.

  9. #79
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Carmel, New York


    I got a coding job without experience - although it was while I was studying for my RHIT. Part of that program is practical professional experience and while I was doing that, the mentor/HIM Director liked my work enough that she offered me a part-time position coding outpatient surgery cases. It just grew from there.


    2016 Secretary
    Ellenville, NY Local Chapter

  10. #80

    Default Recently got hired

    I took a coding course through a local adult education program and was certified in June. I have worked in a convenience store since I graduated high school and I was hired by Verisk Health last week with no hands on experience at all.
    My advice, keep looking, don't get discouraged, and go to your local chaper meetings and network there. My chapter was instrumental in finding my job and that was my first meeting. Also, don't turn down a part time or as needed position. It might not be ideal but it gets you that much closer!

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