I want to encourage all of you coders looking for a coding job to keep on trying. You may have to "get your foot in the door" as the one person wrote. You will eventually find something! I had a lucky break when I first started out. I was a new coder credentialed thru AHIMA. I was looking for a job just like everyone and no one wanted to hire me because I didnt have the experience. Online I saw a PRN job for an outpatient coder thru a consultant firm out of Florida. I emailed them and they sent me a test to take which I took and passed. When they called me to talk to me about the job they told me they were choosing someone without experience on purpose (who they felt would do well based on test scores) to help them gain experience so they could move on and get a coding job and be able to say they had experience now, because they knew how difficult it was.
They told me I had passed the test with better score then alot of experienced coders. I worked for them for 2 years PRN. After that I applied for my current job as coder and was hired. Thank goodness the consultant company was willing to take me on and give me the training I needed.
I still keep in touch with my "old" supervisor and have told her thank you for giving me the chance!
Theresa CCS-P CPMA CCC ICDCT-CM