Stand out as an HIM Candidate


As demand for healthcare professionals becomes greater, there are a growing number of people entering the health information management (HIM) field. If you’re seeking a HIM job, it’s important you uniquely position yourself, so you shine above others in the candidate pool, as well as align your education and experience with the qualifications being sought by employers.

Here are some helpful tips for standing out as a top HIM candidate and impressing any hiring team:

Management experience. As an essential skill of any successful HIM pro, being able to show an employment history of management experience can be extremely impactful in landing a new job. This is because HIM pros must demonstrate an ability to work effectively with others in their healthcare facility delegating tasks and solving challenges that improve the quality and safety of patient information. During your interview, describe any employment experience in which you managed others to ensure optimal outcomes for the organization. Effective management is reflected in many traits, such as organizational abilities and time management.

Communication. In any HIM job, you will work with a variety of doctors, nurses and other staff members at your facility. Exhibiting strong verbal and written communication will position you as a top HIM candidate, as you’ll indicate to employers you can work well in a team setting in clearly articulating your ideas and feedback. For example, you may be tasked with explaining to physician’s information about new coding regulations or educating staff about new organizational policies. During your interview, show you’re well-versed in your industry and can speak professionally about industry standards.

Critical thinking. HIM pros must be strategic and analytical in decisions regarding organizational resources, information management and policies. This requires a significant amount of critical thinking to ensure decisions are made in the best interest of patients and the organization at large. Demonstrating critical-thinking skills to employers will highlight your leadership qualities, as well as an ability to think on your feet when unexpected circumstances occur.

As you further develop your HIM skills, you’ll increasingly becoming more marketable to all types of healthcare employers. Making a commitment to continue your professional growth will ultimately set you up for a long-term success as a HIM professional.

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