Smart Job Seeking Strategies for Recent Medical Coding School Graduates Without Experience
You are a new medical coding training school graduate and find yourself in a catch 22 situation: you want a job and doctors want experience; you don’t have experience and no one wants to hire you, let alone, give you a chance without it… so, you are pondering how you can convince potential employers to hire you without medical coding experience, since experience is what you need. You feel like a hamster going round and round in a wheel, no experience, no job, no job, no experience.
Your success starts in school, so some of the best advice we can give is for you to excel in class! By doing so, ask your instructor for a letter of reference. If you are a graduate that had 100% attendance, 100% with homework turned in and going into the final test with a score of 80% or better, a letter of reference from your instructor can go a long way and be more effective than just submitting your school transcripts. Employers don’t usually read and understand them, but they read and value letters of recommendations.
Upon successful completion of the vocational training program, sit for a recognized certification exam, which is another boost to help you get hired faster. Most doctors, when they hire often want a medical coder who is certified as well. So, consider taking one of the medical coding and billing certification exams offered by recognized professional certification sponsors.
Temporary Jobs and Externships
Many who have not yet graduated from their medical assistant program are looking for an internship (paid) or externship site (without pay) in a medical office to gain much needed experience, solidify learned skills and hopefully get their foot in the door toward a permanent job. Temp agencies, recruiters and staffers can cut out the leg work and quickly connect medical assistants with a fitting job for complete novices, or for someone who is already experienced in the field. Temporary assignments can range from a few hours to a couple of years, but are not considered permanent. While there always is the chance that the temporary position may lead to a permanent one, keeping this in mind means keeping your eyes and ears open for something that is long term, or permanent.
Typical Requirements for a Medical Coding Job:
Pros & Cons of Temp Work Assignments
- Making a major difference to needy offices
- Learning and seeing new things
- Gaining varied experiences from different places
- Earning more, getting better hourly pay
- Meeting new people and making connections
- Flexibility and freedom to say no
- Work as much or as little as needed to get by
- A foot in the door for a future position
- Not knowing what is expected
- Working in an unfamiliar work environment
- Not being part of the established group
- Adjusting to a new setting and people
- Stressing out to do things right
- Having to perform tasks right off the bat
- Not receiving additional training
- Possibility to be taken off of the assignment any moment
According to the American Staffing Association, workers earn more per hour, in some instances considerably more than their permanent counterparts, however, they do not always qualify for benefit packages full time employees might enjoy. Temporary positions are available in many related fields, including health insurance billing, business administration and computers and data entry. Taking into consideration the pros and cons, temping can be the difference between getting by and not until a permanent solution is found.