How to match your talents to fit a medical billing job description. Get that billing or coding job!
You've finally found the right job posting, and you're ready to apply. But how do you make sure you get a call back? Your best bet is to highlight how your particular talents, education, experience and expertise make you the perfect candidate for the job.
Use the following tips to help you carefully create the perfect letter of interest and medical billing resume, and get the job!
The first step in tailoring your letter of interest and resume to the job is carefully reading the entire job posting.
Some job postings can be a page or two long, with:
Some postings may even request that you specifically note how you fit the job requirements.
Some employers will discard a standard-form resume or generic letter of interest, since it shows that you haven't put in the effort to create new materials for the job. This makes it look like you aren't really interested in getting the job in the first place.
While you're reading the job posting, make sure you mark the important passages.
There may also be other important requirements that are specific to the medical billing job description. Note the special requirements, and write down how you fit them.
Note that you may not fit all of these requirements. This may especially be the case if you don't have any relevant work experience in the medical field.
If this is the case, don't assume that you won't get the job or that it's not worth the effort.
If you don't fit one of the requirements, you need to address the issue and note how you will fix it. Otherwise put down that you are currently working on becoming more qualified.
If the job posting requires two years of medical front office experience, but you don't have any, you need to determine what experience you do have that fits the medical billing job description.
In this case, you could explain that you've had six months of schooling in the medical industry, or that you have completed internships, volunteer hours, observations, or other relevant experience in the medical front office.
Highlight what you do have rather than what you don't.
Most of the time, job postings list minimum requirements, such as level of education or years of experience. But if you have more than these minimum requirements, make sure to highlight them. Don't be afraid to be too qualified for a job.
If you're overqualified, make sure to note that rather than six months of vocational school, you've a complete four-year bachelor's degree (for example).
This will make you stand out from the crowd. It may also help you demand a higher rate of pay after you get hired.
No matter how may years of experience you have, or what your level of education is, your employer wants to know what kind of a worker you are.
It won't matter if you have three coding certifications if you call in sick every other week and constantly take personal phone calls.
In your letter of interest, you need to describe your work ethic. If you haven't done so already, write down all of your good aspects as a worker and how you are a reliable investment as an employee.
What hiring managers are really looking for are flexible, hard-working, detail-oriented individuals, who can handle the fast-paced and sometimes hectic environment of a medical office, hospital, or laboratory.
Highlighting your hard-working character traits is another great way to make yourself stand out.
There are hundreds of types of medical billing software. Chances are that you will rarely have experience with each type of software mentioned in the job posting, especially if you are new to the medical industry.
The good thing is, you don't have to be.
Although having experience with a specific software may help your chances at getting the job, not having software experience shouldn't hurt your chances too much.
Make sure to note on your letter of interest that you're a fast-learner, and you're confident of your ability to learn a new software program very quickly.
You also want to note what software you do have experience with, especially if you have a varied range of software knowledge. This helps show your potential employer that you are capable of learning new things.
After you've read the job posting carefully, you should have written down:
Now it's time to start writing a letter of interest and re-formating your resume.
You should never fail to apply for a job without a detailed letter of interest, which explains how you think you fit the medical billing job description, as well as your desire to work with that particular employer.
Before you sit down to write your letter, do your research on the employer. Learn more about the company by checking their website or online reviews.
Use this information, as well as your highlighted talents, to carefully create a one-page letter as a cover page for your resume.
For more information on writing the perfect letter of interest, see our article.
You also need to re-format your resume to better fit the job description. For example, if you are applying for a coding job at an optometry clinic, make sure you highlight your relevant coding knowledge or experience in the field of optometry (or a related field).
Highlighting how you in particular fit the medical billing job description helps you stand out, and will help you land that job interview.
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