Writing a winning resume can be an uphill climb. It’s difficult to summarize your professional experiences, skills & abilities, and education onto a single page. Thankfully, there are a few simple things you can do that will have you creating a winning resume that stands out from the medical coder competition!
Why You’re Different
That’s the key point of a resume, isn’t it? To tell hiring managers why you’re more suited to the position than the person who’s resume they just read? Or the one they might read next? What makes you different? Have you attended an AHMA conference? Are you an active member of the local chapter of the AAPC? Have you audited codes? Trained colleagues? Think about the little or not so little things that make your career unique from the next application and put in on your resume.
Types of Code
It may seem obvious, but clarification is the key. If you state that you are a Medical Coder with CCS or CPC skill and experience, that’s great, but it’s not enough. The hiring manager wants to know exactly what you have coded during your career; this is what will set you apart from other medical coders with the similar credentials. For example, are you a CPC physician coder? Be sure to include a list of your specialties. It could mean the difference between being overlooked for a position and putting you on the top of the candidate list.
EHR/EMR System Knowledge & Experience
It’s crucial to include every system you have experience using. It’s another thing that will make you unique in the eyes of the hiring manager. Including your systems knowledge defines your professional image as a technologically up-to-date coder. And that can be a job maker or breaker. Different centers and facilities use different EMR systems. So while you may have the same skills as the other applicants, if yours is the only resume showing EPIC experience, you can expect an inquiry from the hiring manager.
Another stand-out item is your environmental experience. Do you code at a facility? A medical center? A physician’s office? Where you code can be just as important as what you code, so don’t overlook this important piece of information.
Keep It Simple
While this applies to all resumes, not just those for medical coders, keeping your resume clear and easy to read is the foundation of a winning application. If your resume is muddled, with multiple fonts of different sizes, lines, emojis or other non-information-based characters, your resume won’t be read. And if the hiring manager doesn’t read your resume, you can’t get the job. Stick to a professional-looking font, like Times New Roman or Verdana, in a readable size (10 – 12). And if you’re worried about it going over one page, don’t. It’s much more important to have a professional document with essential information, and if that turns your resume into two pages, don’t worry.
Using these easy steps to redefine your resume, you’ll be the stand out medical coder for any hiring manager.
If you’re interested in exploring medical coding opportunities, be sure to check out our job board for the latest opportunities. Wondering how your medical coder resume stands up against the competition? Reach out to the staff at MedPartners today. They’ll help you craft the winning medical coding resume you deserve.