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Advice on first job in Florida

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    I'm trying to get an idea of how difficult it will be to get work in Florida without experience.

    I am preparing for the CPC exam and also the CCA exam (through AHIMA). I have an undergrad degree in Economics and I've worked for several companies in customer service. My last job was actually with Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI and that's where I became interested in coding as a career.

    I will be moving to the Sarasota-Bradenton area of Florida in about 2 months. I called local hospitals (Sarasota Memorial & Manateee Memorial) to see if they would offer an unpaid internship but they said no. I am willing to go through Project Extern if they have something in that area.

    Is it realistic to think that anyone will give me a chance without experience? How long should I expect to look for my first job? Is there another area of Florida that would be better for me?

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    Boy, I don't know anything about that area of Florida but I'm sure that you can find something, especially with your background of having worked for a carrier. Read the other threads on this page about getting employment without experience and see what others have done to get where they are! Good luck!
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    Savant01, I have sent you a private message on this subject

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    There are multiple opportunities in that area with united healthcare plans and several other insurance companies. Wiith your previous experience that may be your opportunity to get into coding . You may have to take a lesser position to get your foot in the door. With persistance it is possible.

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