If you’re pursuing a career in health information management (HIM), it’s important to understand you’ll be competing with hundreds of other candidates for the same coveted job. With popularity of HIM jobs on the rise, it’s essential you properly leverage your education and experience throughout the job application process. The way you approach applying for a HIM position is unique by nature, requiring you to maximize the use of your resume.
Here are some recommendations for making sure your HIM resume outshines the competition:
Include a professional summary. Though summaries have gone by the wayside in other industries, a summary is still a critical component of an effectively written HIM resume. To communicate your credentials to the reader right away, your summary section should highlight your experience in a clear, bulleted list. Examples of experience may include:
- EHR implementation
- Systems integration
- Project management
- Billing and coding
- Privacy and security
- Data warehousing and mining
Employment experience. Even if you’re new to the HIM field, hopefully you’ve had some level of experience working in HIM settings. Your “employment experience” section should of course include the basics, such as names of former employers, prior job titles and duration of jobs. However, to differentiate your experience from others, you must demonstrate the actual results of your work. This means describing how you solved specific business problems or challenges. The best way to do this is by using action words in your descriptions, such as “created,” “managed” or “coordinated.” To support your descriptions, quantify your achievements with percentages and revenues whenever possible. For example, you may say, “Led a multidisciplinary team to create new EHR templates which improved documentation-related denials by 50 percent.” Demonstrating your experience in targeted terms will allow you to narrow in on what makes you qualified, which will ultimately be more impressive to employers.
Include professional memberships. Professional memberships will always be important for showing you’re actively involved in your own professional growth and development. Be sure to include a “professional memberships” section to highlight your involvement in the health information management industry and your dedication to ongoing education. Examples of professional memberships may include American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), and the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS). The more you can show your commitment to the healthcare information management industry, the more you’ll sell yourself as a well-rounded candidate.
A well-written resume that exceeds expectations will give you a competitive edge and put you at the top of most candidate pools. Focusing time and energy on your resume will help land your first job and build a positive reputation among HIM employers.
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