When applying for a medical coding job you want to submit the most effective resume you can; one that exhibits your skills, accomplishments, and experience. You want your medical coding resume to convey exactly how your knowledge and experience will add to their organization.
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How to write a resume for a medical coding job:
- Create a Medical Coding resume by opening Microsoft Word or other office program. Find the resume template, and fill in the blanks with information that pertains to you. Use a simple, business font, such as Times New Roman with a font size of either 10 or 12 points.
- Type your career objective in the section provided. The objective part of your resume tells the employer what you are hoping to achieve, such as to gain employment as a professional medical coder. This section doesn’t need to be more than one or two sentences.
- Type your educational experiences in the section provided in the template. This section will include any degrees you have or are currently working on, as well as, any certificates or classes. Always include the most recent educational experience at the top of the list. Only include your GPA if it is 3.2 or higher. Here is an example
- Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Bachelor’s of Science in Health Information Technology. Graduated in 2002 with a GPA of 3.8.
- Columbus Community College, Columbus, Ohio. Certificate in Medical Billing. Graduated in 2000 with a GPA of 3.5.
- Type in your employment experiences in the section provided. This section will include your places of employment, as well as, your responsibilities at each position. Again start with the most recent at the top. For the most part, a resume should only be about 1-2 pages, so if you have acquired a vast amount of experience from several jobs, then only list the most recent three places of employment that are relevant to the position you are seeking. If you don’t have a lot of experience in the medical coding field, it is acceptable to add part-time jobs, summer jobs, or volunteer experiences. Here is an example:
- Women’s Health Partners (07/02-Present), Grove City, Ohio, employed as a Medical Coding Specialist. Responsible for coding all medical procedures, verifying patient’s insurance benefits, patient accounting, and general office duties.
- Nationwide Insurance Company (08/00-06/02), Columbus, Ohio, employed as a Medical Claims Analyst. Analyzed and processed HMO claims to insure proper procedures were being followed, which included coding, deductibles, coinsurance, proper payment.
- Grant Hospital (01/00-06/00), Columbus, Ohio, volunteered over 200 hours in the Health Information Department. Tasks included photocopying, answering phones, and filing.
- Type in your qualifications or skills in the section provided. Look for and use some of the keywords listed in the job posting within your qualification section. Some examples of good keywords to look for are fast typist, CPT-4, ICD-9, third-party payers, or Medicare. Here is an example of what that might look like:
- Type 80 words per minute
- Proficient in CPT-4 coding, ICD-9 coding, HCPCS, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology
- Knowledge in all aspects of insurance including Medicare, Medicaid, and third-party payers
- If a section is provided for personal attributes, type them there. This section describes to the employer about the type of worker you are.