How To Set Yourself Apart From Other Medical Coders
The demand for medical coder jobs is forecasted to grow by 15 percent before 2024 according to the BLS. That makes this a great time to break into the field and take advantage of ample opportunities and rising compensation. Here are five tips to help you with your job search:
Consider All Positions
If you are an experienced coder, you are probably scrolling past anything that says “entry level.” Don’t be so quick to dismiss these opportunities, though. In healthcare settings generally, and HIM specifically, there is a strong tendency to promote from within. Rather than holding out for your dream job, you might be better off getting your foot in the door somewhere and advancing rapidly thanks to your skills and achievements.
Practice Smart Networking
You only have so much time to spend networking, whether it be online or in person. Make sure the time you spend is really making an impact. The best place for coders to connect with employers is through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) or American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Many areas have local chapters that host meet-ups. If your area doesn’t, get involved online. These professional groups should form the heart of your network.
Polish Your Documents
Medical coding is all about precision. For that reason, it looks especially bad when you have a typo or awkward turn of phrase in your resume, cover letter, or supporting documents. Before submitting anything, make sure that it is perfect. Ask a friend or family member to proofread things for you. One tiny error could be what disqualifies you for the job.
Communicate Your Value
You are likely competing against other candidates who have very similar credentials. You need to set yourself apart if you’re going to get singled out for an interview. Consider the other skills important for medical coders – communication skills, healthcare knowledge, business experience, organizational excellence – and find ways to demonstrate that you have them. A well-rounded candidate often wins out over someone with pure coding skills.
Become a Better Professional
Ironically, the time when you’re looking for work is the best time to get better at your job. Think about the areas where you are weak professionally. This can take some brutal honestly, but it’s worth the effort. Once you’ve singled out an area or two, work to develop those skills independently. You might seek out a certification, pick up a volunteer opportunity, or study coding changes. The new skills you develop will improve your professional stock and serve as evidence of your drive and initiative.
MedPartners is here to assist job seekers just like you. Contact us to have a conversation about the future of your career and assist you in finding medical coding jobs.