Where do you find medical billing and coding jobs, now that you've finished your education and got your certificate?
As in any job search, finding and landing that perfect job is the hardest part.
No matter what degree or certificate you have, you'll have much better luck finding a job if you have any significant work experience, whether or not it is in the medical field.
If you have the chance during your education, get as much work experience as possible. This will show your potential employers that you have hands-on experience dealing with day-to-day job responsibilities.
If you don't have any work experience, don't worry. You'll still be able to get a job in the medical field, you may just have to start on a lower level of pay. The more education that you have and certificates that you hold, the better qualified you will be for any position in the medical industry.
So once you have your certificate, where do you find those great medical billing and coding jobs? Here are some good places to start looking...
Network with fellow students: If you're a recent graduate from an online or face-to-face school, use your fellow students as resources in your job search.
Chances are that at least one of them will have a tips, lead, or someone else who can help you in your medical billing and coding job search.
You may even be able to find a friend or two to help write your resume and practice your interviewing techniques.
School placement programs: There may be work placement options available to you depending on you school or college. These programs help place you in a starting position in the field where you want to work.
If your school doesn't have a placement program, check with the business office or ask your teachers. They may have resources for helping students find a job.
Check the print classifieds: Perhaps the most well-known way of finding any job is the newspaper classifieds section.
Check your local newspaper daily, and make sure you pick up the other local chronicles, bulletins, and other small classifieds every day. This type of searching is especially helpful if you want to work in your local area, rather than relocating.
This may sound like a lot of work. But by checking the papers every day you know immediately when new opportunities pop up. This helps you get a step up on the competition, by turning in your resume before other applicants.
Check online classifieds: Perhaps an easier way of checking the print classifieds every day is by searching online.
There are many job search databases online, in which you can enter your specified search criteria and location, and find job opportunities in your field. These searches are great if you want to relocate.
They are also a great way of checking what types of medical billing and coding job opportunities are out there. By checking online classifieds, you may find that your specific field of expertise requires more experience or education than you have.
If this is the case, don't worry. Sometimes you have to start low and work your way up the ladder to the perfect job.
Use your resources: Throughout your education, certification, or work experience, you've had contact with a great number of organizations. These include your certifying organization (AAPC, AHIMA), as well as other national organizations in the medical field.
Check the websites to see if they have employment listings.
For example, the AAPC has a job search database. You can specify your location and certification and find jobs in your area.
You may also want to check the CMS website, or the website of your state health department or medical association.
Probably the best advice in any job search is don't hesitate!
Once you find the perfect job listing, sit down, start writing a letter of interest, and print out your carefully drafted resume. Make sure your letter and resume both reflect the specifics of your job posting, and highlight your relevant education or experience for the job.
Don't use a standard resume or letter of interest for each medical billing employment posting. You need to show your potential employer how you are especially suited to meet the job demands of that particular position.
Once you have finished your resume and letter of interest, send them immediately to the employer.
Check the job posting to see how to send in your resume, as the requirements will always be different. If you have the opportunity, send the resume as specified in the posting, and then bring in a paper copy into the office.
Make sure when you walk into the office, be presentable, and be ready to answer any questions about yourself and how you are qualified to fit the job description. If the hiring or office manager is in the front of the office, he or she will see you and may want a few words with you right away.
Most importantly, be nice! These are people that you'll work with everyday, if you get the job. Make sure to send the right first impression.
It may be tempting to apply only for those high-level medical billing and coding jobs, with great pay and flexible hours.
But remember that these jobs are generally reserved for the applicants with the most years of experience and number of certifications.
You may have to start out at a lower level of pay and responsibility, until you can prove to your employer that you're capable of a managerial position, or worth a higher rate of pay.
Don't forget the adage, "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again".
You may have to send out ten to twenty good resumes and drive all around town to find the right job. The important part is that you don't give up. Don't stop looking until you get your great job and you are happy in your work environment.
The medical workforce is very flexible. There are constantly new medical billing and coding jobs opening up, and a new opportunity may be just around the corner.
Once you've found the right job and landed an interview, make sure to check our medical billing/coding employment interview tips. Good luck and keep looking!
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