Have you been applying for positions in medical coding and receive no response. The strength of your resume could be the problem. But, an effective resume also needs a supportive cover letter.
The cover letter should have the basic principles of:
- Naming recipient of the letter
- States the name of the position and employer
- Highlights a few of your skills and education
- Provides your salary requirement
- Lists your contact number for an interview
Your coding credential is not a guarantee for obtaining a job. Your resume could be the decision which determines if your suitable for a medical coding position.
The screening process starts when your resume is submitted for a position. Recruiters use software to filter which applicants will qualify for their job announcement. This helps to narrow down the amount of resumes that need to be reviewed by the recruiter. Rejected resumes will receive a denial response from the Human Resources department in the form of a letter or email. Resumes which meet the initial screening process will move on to the next level: A manual review. The recruiter will look over an applicants experience to determine who will receive an interview.
So immediately, a resume is a make or break situation for any type of job. Medical coders should have a resume which is clear and concise. The resume should list your education and coding credentials. Also list your specialty experience. Your resume should also have some of the common keyword terms which are standard to medical coding. Your resume should not exceed 2 pages. You should also limit your use of fonts and formatting; overuse can also get your resume rejected. ALWAYS CHECK FOR SPELLING ERRORS!!!
Check out the samples below:
City, State, Zip Code
[City, ST ZIP Code]
Dear [Recipient Name]:
I am submitting my resume in response to your job posting for a Coding Supervisor with Banner Health Hospital. I reviewed the announcement from the AZ Central newspaper.
I have extensive experience in medical coding. I recently acquired an RHIT credential with AHIMA and I also have a CPC certification with the AAPC. In 2004, I obtained an AAS degree in Health Information Management. I am proficient in coding techniques, medical terminology, billing procedures and medical office protocols.
My salary requirement is $70,000 a year.
If you would like to schedule an interview to discuss the details of this position, please feel free to contact me at 602-555-1234.
City, State Zip Code
• Proficient in medical office duties, including Microsoft Office and knowledge of basic business techniques and methods of using standard word processing, spreadsheet, database and other office software and equipment.
• Type accurately at a rate of 40 wpm.; use 10-key calculator, maintain accurate records.
• Experienced in the disciplines of Medical Coding (ICD-9, CPT-4, HCPCS, DRG’s and Coding guidelines)
VA Hospital Denver, CO 2008 – Present
• Performing outpatient coding for medical centers located in Midwest Network.
• Coding medical records with ICD-9, CPT-4, and HCPCS Level II coding.
• Utilizing company software and input information into computerized patient record system.
• Handling a wide variety of medical claims including physical therapies, ENT, primary care and, dental, eye/vision, surgeries, diagnostic testing, ER, and E&M.
ABC Hospital Phoenix, AZ 2006 – 2008
HIM Coding Specialist
• Coded inpatient, outpatient, observation, emergency room (trauma registry), and diagnostic ancillary services.
• Edited medical records with ICD-9-CM, CPT, and DRG coding.
• Reviewed charts for correct admit/discharge dates and entering proper surgery dates.
• Attended seminars for updates on ICD-9-CM and completing DRG assurance clinical documentation program.
2010 Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), AHIMA, ID# 999999
2005 Certified Professional Coder(CPC), AAPC, Member ID# 999999
2003-2005 AAS Health Information Management, Maricopa Community College
1994-1998 Ryder High School, Phoenix, AZ
PC Computer , Windows XP, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Data Entry 8,000 ksph, Typing 40 wpm
3M Encoder, Meditech, Centricity