What to Include On Your Medical Billing and Coding Resume
The healthcare industry is booming, but while jobs are in-demand, competition is fierce. You have to make a good first impression before you ever get your foot in the door, and it begins with your resume.
If you’re ready to sit down and put together a professional resume to pursue your medical billing and coding career, you probably have a lot of questions. How do I format? What keywords should I use? The career services staff at Elmira Business Institute has come up with some quick tips for writing an effective resume.
It’s your resume. You don’t need to include your life story. Make sure to hit the strong points: Who you are; Where you received your training; Your experience in the field. Be sure to include the following:
- Contact information –Name, address, cell phone and home phone numbers, and email address.
- Professional summary – Briefly describe yourself and the type of position you’re looking for.
- Skills – Use a bulleted list to include the skills you’ve acquired during your medical billing and coding training and externship. If you’re seeking your first medical billing and coding job, you can highlight some “soft” skills – attention to detail, interpersonal and communication skills, and collaboration – to help enhance this section.
- Experience – List your professional work experience in reverse chronological order. Include your externship, volunteer experience with any professional organizations and other jobs.
- Education – Include the name of the program, school, and date of completion, along with any professional certifications you may have earned.
Your resume needs to grab an interviewers’ attention. Avoid passive phrases like “responsible for.” Instead, use action-oriented words such as “executed,” “organized” and “coordinated” to highlight your potential impact.
Make it scannable.
Believe it or not, but yours is one of many resumes a potential employer will evaluate to determine whether or not you receive an interview. Use scannable keywords that are directly related to the medical billing and coding field. It helps to use words and phrases from the job description.
No room for mistakes.
This could be your only shot at getting an interview, make it count. Be sure your resume is 100% error free. Use spell check. Have a friend or family member proofread. Be thorough.
Keep your resume up-to-date.
As you gain skills and experience, make sure to add it so your resume is ready when you need it. You never know when an opportunity will come your way.
One page is enough.
You only need to include relevant information on your resume. It shouldn’t take more than a page. Be sure to limit your resume to include only information vitally important to establishing your impact on a company.
Contact Elmira Business Institute today!
Now is a great time to start a career in the healthcare field. You can complete your degree in as little as 16 months. To learn more about our Medical Billing and Coding degree program in Elmira and Vestal, NY, call 800-NEW START.