A group of medical billing and coding students from American Career College-Orange County attended a networking event this May where they picked up some valuable lessons from working professionals.
Plan ahead. Do your homework. Research the company, the position and the people you will be interviewing with. Review your resume and be ready to provide examples of past career accomplishments. Consider possible interview questions and practice your responses. It is especially important that you are 5 to 10 minutes early to your interview.
Dress for success. First impressions are critical, so it’s important to always dress professionally for a job interview, even if the work environment is casual. Neat and conservative is the look you should go for. Limit the perfume or aftershave, and make sure you leave the gum at home.
Send a thank you. A short hand-written note or email is sufficient. Do not text them and definitely no phone calls.
Accompanied by their program director Christina LeDoux and instructor Sandra Cantero, the medical and billing students participated in an interactive learning experience alongside many diverse billers and coders at the monthly AAPC Orange County chapter event.
"We have been actively attending local chapter events since last year," LeDoux said. "These events are inspirational as well as a great networking opportunity for our school and students."
Entitled "Professionalism and Getting a Job," the students were reminded at the event that when it comes to finding job opportunities, they need to network, network and network. They were also encouraged to speak to as many people as possible to find opportunities, and do plenty of their own independent networking.
LeDoux said another useful piece of advice was for job seekers to be aware of the many settings -- like physician offices, hospitals, physical therapy offices, home health agencies, medical equipment agencies, hospice, billing companies, insurance companies -- and positions -- including coder, billing coordinator, compliance manager or audit specialist -- that are available to medical billing and coding graduates.
ACC cannot guarantee employment. Programs vary by campus. The views and opinions expressed are those of the individuals and do not necessarily reflect the beliefs or position of the school or of any instructor or student. For graduation rates, median debt of graduates completing this program and other important information, visit americancareercollege.edu/disclosures.
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