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    Hi, Brandi...one thing I've read recently that helps you land that new job is to look at the wording of the job description, and take some of that language and put the same actual words into your resume and cover letter when describing your experience. This puts you on the same "page" so to speak, as your potential employer. Essentially, you craft a new resume and cover letter for each position that you apply for. Another suggestion is to research the facility or practice you are applying to by logging onto their website and reading up on their philosophy, mission statement, etc., and using that language/approach in your resume.

    Good luck! Pam
    Pam Brooks, MHA, COC, PCS, CPC, AAPC Fellow
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    Dover, NH 03820

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam Brooks View Post
    Hi, Brandi...one thing I've read recently that helps you land that new job is to look at the wording of the job description, and take some of that language and put the same actual words into your resume and cover letter when describing your experience. This puts you on the same "page" so to speak, as your potential employer. Essentially, you craft a new resume and cover letter for each position that you apply for. Another suggestion is to research the facility or practice you are applying to by logging onto their website and reading up on their philosophy, mission statement, etc., and using that language/approach in your resume.

    Good luck! Pam
    Will do! I appreciate it! Thanks!

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    Brandi,
    You've received a lot of very good advice, and kudos to you for seeking it out!

    Re your cover letter. It's too long.
    Be concise and SELL YOURSELF.

    I'd start with
    I am applying for the position of TITLE, as advertised in the MAIN STREET JOURNAL. I think my resume will show that I am the perfect candidate for this position because I (list the most relevant skil sets & experiences, which will be different based on the position for which you apply).

    In addition I am tenacious, organized, detail-oriented ... etc.

    I would delete the whole long explanation of why you can code 80061 and 83721 together in certain circumstances. I would just state: For example, I researched and wrote an explanation for employees outlining when we could code 80061 and 83721 (with appropriate modifier, of course), for them to use in filing appeals.
    (That wording is awkward, but you can revise and hone it.)

    The reason I recommend you do this is because I just wanted to stop reading at that point ... and I hadn't yet gotten to your final paragraph where you really sell yourself.

    Finally, be careful how you phrase certain things. Currently you mention that you will "investigate topics to an extreme degree, simply because I want to learn something new." I'm thinking ... "Is she wasting time on the internet instead of doing her job?"

    Hope that was helpful.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
    Last edited by FTessaBartels; 01-05-2012 at 10:48 AM.

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