It is a fact that medical coding jobs are still in great demand and will be for many years to come. Turn on the television or read the newspaper and all you hear are things like the world is in a global recession, job are reaching their lowest rates in years, mortgage foreclosures are reaching record levels – a common theme of doom and gloom.
How about the segments that show a family in Alabama or Louisiana who recently lost their home and are living on the street and lining up for food stamps? This may all be true, however, news is meant to capture our interest and play on our emotions. It manipulates the thinking masses and destroys confidence in the individual as well as the economy.
A job seeker must disregard as much of this information as possible and identify and focus on sectors which are currently in demand, show strong growth, and provide long-term security. The healthcare industry and more specifically medical coding jobs possess these attributes and provide tremendous current and future opportunities. A great option for anyone currently unemployed or looking for a solid long-term career.
Yes times are tough and it may be more difficult to find that perfect job, however, economic circumstances are cyclical – things will get better and easier. For now it is important to focus on what you control. Of course you cannot change decisions made in Washington or China, but you can change your thinking by setting a plan to obtain medical coding jobs.
People get sick and will likely become sicker as they succumb to the stress, anxiety, depression which results from tough economic times. The Law of Polarity states that for every negative circumstance there is a positive circumstance of equal magnitude. Fortunately or unfortunately, whichever way you view it, a bad economy creates dynamic opportunities in the medical healthcare industry, and in particular in medical coding jobs.
Finding a job is a job in itself and requires planning, focus, commitment, and persistence. Here is a short and simple strategy to get you back on track and focus on finding and getting that job as a medical coder:
1. Try to avoid television newscasts and newspapers for 1 month. You will likely recognize how much time you have wasted and begin to think more positively.
2. Perform a thorough and honest skills inventory of yourself identifying your strengths and areas requiring improvement. Do not limit this to job specific skills. Look at your personality type, problem solving ability, creativity, and so on.
3. Prepare a resume or have a profession prepare it for you. Make it look clean, neat, and professional with absolutely no spelling or grammatical errors.
4. Prepare a loosely structured covering letter which can be tailored to the company and position applying for.
5. Allocate a minimum of 3 hours and a maximum 5 hours, five days per week entirely for the purpose of job hunting activities.
6. Set up a written weekly plan and always know exactly what you are going to do the next day prior to going to bed the night before.
7. Keep activities interesting by searching and submitting to online job boards job boards, making telephone calls to clinics, hospitals, and medical practices, and actually knocking on doors.
8. Disregard the “No Telephone calls please” requests. Ensure you follow up a day or two after you submit a resume by email or telephone call. This demonstrates eagerness and initiative.
9. Keep an accurate log or journal including such as date submitted, contact name, direct lines, email addresses, and details of any follow-up conversations. This information can be useful even after you secure a position.
10. Be persistent and don’t give up. Develop a mindset where every no, means a yes is coming soon.
In summary, the purpose of this article is to point out that medical coding jobs are more prevalent than ever. Doctors, medical facilities, and medical practices place high value competent medical coders, and are in dire need of their services. Do not let your current circumstances or so-called newsworthy events bring you down. Step out of your comfort zone, put in place a job searching plan, and go for it!