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Not Being Hired Because of Lack of Experience?
Here is The Lack of Experience Dilemma So Many
Most employers want one to two years of experience when they hire new staff; call it a catch-22!
It's like a hamster running round and round in its wheel getting nowhere. Many face this dilemma right after
graduating from vocational training school and wind up asking us: how can I get hired if employers are asking
for 1-2 years of experience, but won't give me a chance.
"I've been looking for a job for months without
No one wants to give me a chance without prior experience, or certification.
There are plenty of medical coding and medical billing jobs are out
there! Some come and close quickly, however, most employers want someone with experience. Why? Because hiring
someone without experience can cost them lots of money. They want to make sure you have the training and
qualifications required for the position and also want to know what you can do for their business before they are
ready to "do" for you.
Here is the answer:
When you are applying for a position and are asked about
your prior work experience, don't automoatically assume that this pertains to ONLY medical coding and billing
experience. Don't forget that the skills you have from any other previous jobs, volunteer work, related course
work, vocational training and extracurricular activities can be just as impressive and also counts as experience.
Your vocational training, interests, volunteer work and prior related skills should be your top focus and highlighted in the resume and during
interview. These related skills are your "ace in the hole", especially when this is going to
be your first medical coding and billing job and you need a foot in the door.
Overcoming the Lack of Experience Trap
Finding work requires skills! Employers that offer medical coding positions expect medical coding job
experience. This means, you MUST highlighted all related experience in the resume. Employers want
to hire the right people for their needs. It is not lack of work but lack of experience that holds people
back. The moment you have achieved your medical coding diploma, you need to plan your career goals and
carefully plot out your resume.
As Linda Walker of PMRNC puts it so well:
"What you lack in experience MUST be made up with knowledge!"
Inform yourself about...
- lack of experience
- lack of work
- experienced coder
- professional certification
- top jobs
- professional jobs
Remember: best qualified for the job doesn't always mean top skills, experience, and
education alone! Employers are also looking for professionalism, motivation, a passion for excellence, and a
dedication to continuous learning. To most employers good grades, certification, and professional memberships indicate that the
applicant is searious, motivated, and goal-oriented.
Getting Your Foot into the Door
You need to get your foot in the door of your 1st job somehow, even if it means starting at a lower
level than originally hoped! This does not mean you have to start at the very bottom and sweep floors, but you
shouldn't automatically reject a job other than what you went to school, or applied for. This could be a position
in records, the front desk as a billing clerk, or coding assistant to expose yourself to the medical coding
environment. When a better position opens, you are more likely to get hired, not only in-house, but also elsewhere,
especially if the present employer gives you a letter of recommendation.
Writing Your Resume
Critically examine your resume! Is it written in a way that it speaks to the employer? If you don't
have the experience that you need right now, then be innovative in your approach. Employers want to know what YOU
can bring to the table. So, emphasize related experiences, who you have worked for, in what capacity, and stress
your professionalism, dependability, good ethics, and passion for the profession.
As the Career Mag Staff Editor put it so well:
Posted by: Staff Editor
For those business professionals looking to enter a new career, this article has some helpful tips.
Keep in mind that you may not be right out of college but have been in the workplace for several
years and are now going in a different direction, so when you go out to interview or apply for a job in an
industry you have little experience in be prepared to face some set backs (ie. lower salary and less
benefits). When you write your resume be sure to state a clear objective of what skills you bring to
the particular position. Try changing your objective on your resume for each job you apply to.
Match your skills with the required skills of the position you're applying to and employers will see
you as the perfect fit.
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Steps for Overcoming Lack of Experience