Networking is a critical component to any profession, but is especially valuable for health information management (HIM), clinical documentation improvement (CDI), and registry professionals seeking new employment and career advancement. While many people know networking is important, they often don’t know how to network. Fortunately, there are many networking strategies HIM, CDI, and registry professionals can use to grow their job prospects, develop as industry leaders and find new healthcare opportunities.
Here are three recommended networking strategies HIM, CDI, and registry professionals can use to meet their networking goals:
Join professional industry groups and organizations. Memberships to professional organizations in your field allow you to grow your skills and knowledge base and earn new certifications. As a member, you’ll be able to attend meet-ups, conferences and networking events, all which will help you stay up-to-date on the latest industry developments and connect with hundreds of like-minded professionals. Being a member of top industry organizations like the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS), National Cancer Registrars Association or the American Trauma Society can be impactful as you seek career growth opportunities and develop your professional resume.
Network on assignments. Building relationships during assignments is one of the most underestimated ways for HIM, registry and CDI pros to increase their professional networks. As a contract employee, you’ll likely make several new contacts during your jobs who can serve as valuable resources for you in the future. These contacts may eventually be able to refer you to other jobs, offer industry advice and serve as references. In fact, some of these individuals may become lifelong mentors who can provide guidance to you in your professional journey. You can network on assignments by inviting coworkers to lunch and attending social or professional staff events. Remember, just because your position is temporary that doesn’t mean you can’t forge long-term relationships with fellow coworkers and managers.
Become an active LinkedIn user. It’s not enough to simply have an account on LinkedIn. To take full advantage of LinkedIn, you must actively use the site by connecting with other professionals, contributing to group discussions and building your online presence as a credible industry leader. LinkedIn’s search tool options make it very easy to find other HIM, registry, and CDI professionals who share similar backgrounds or interests, as well as other factors such as geographic location. By maximizing your use of LinkedIn, you’ll be able to leverage your career search and open doors to future career opportunities.
With networking one of the most contributing factors to career success, it’s never been more important to invest time and effort into building new relationships both in person and online. By utilizing the strategies above, you will accelerate your networking efforts and empower yourself to reach your professional goals.
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