Educators rarely have any say-so in how their services are marketed. That is unfortunate, but some folks in recruiting and marketing are making those decisions. Some schools intentionally mislead, I've seen that, even posted comments on the forums here related to that topic. Most not-for-profit schools will not embody that type of recruitment effort.
I can recall my own disappointment at not being granted certain jobs for which I applied. That is really just part of being an adult, accepting your own limitations and stategizing through obstacles. It seems to me that the job searching techniques aren't being taught or learned. I'm confounded on why. Regardless, the expressed frustration at not having opportunities in the field is relatable. Unfortunately, professional association members can only recommend changes in approach and share personal experiences. The majority of us are no longer hiring officials, never were or aren't yet.
In my experiences, coders do have some element of control, usually if they are practice managers or involved in the hiring process. Human resources rarely has the final say--unfortunately, HR doesn't normally know enough to make good decisions without other input. If we educate our physicians (as members of their staff), they may be more willing to follow our leadership. It's a good point that new coders are competing for the same jobs as some experienced coders. That means that both parties have to deal with all the implications the exist in that reality.
Finally, it seems the tides are changing for non-certified coders. Whether employers sponsor the venture or not, I do believe it will be requisite in the very near future. Not only that, I believe multiple credentials will be required for some of the higher-paying opportunities in consulting and auditing. The slant is already visible. With that being the case, non-credentialed coders may find themselves pushed into other roles or obligated to attain a certification--even if they've years of experience. Hopefully that will create a few vacancies for which our apprentice coders may fill.
Last edited by kevbshields; 12-27-2011 at 05:18 PM.
Kevin B. Shields, RHIT, CPCO, CCS, CPC, COC, CCS-P, CPC-P, CPC-I