Getting the experience
- Hello all....My name is joe, for the last 15 years I have been
working in an engineering environment, everything from diesel
engines to steam system control valves to hydrogen fuel cell
systems. My formal education lies in business although I am a few
credits shy of my degree. Some time ago I was a victim of corporate
downsizing from a large manufacturing company where I worked as a
test engineer. As I investigated the few bleak job opportunities
that existed it became painfully clear to me that the manufacturing
industry in this country (california specifically) was a dying
industry and I needed to make a drastic career change. I was able
to identify the fact that this country is and has been for many
years shifting from a mfg. country to a service oriented country.
After months of researching various business franchises and
opportunities I decided on medical billing. My wife and I invested
several thousand dollars in computer equipment and a medical billing
business package containing manuals, software and marketing
programs. I have read the material and am familiar (somewhat) with
the process HOWEVER, I think that it is much like riding a
bike.......you can read books on it all day long but until you
actually ride the bike you cannot fully appreciate what it takes to
ride.....and your pretty much assured to have a few bumps and
bruises along the way........My problem is this......I have an
extremely high work ethic...I will accept no less then a stellar
performance for my clients, but I need some experience. I have
looked for biller positions in my area but everyone wants
experience, I would even consider processing some claims for free
just to get the hang of it so when my first client comes along I
feel that I have done everything within my power to prepare.
Any suggestions would be appreciated!
Thank you in advance for your time
Joseph J. Dolence
My degree is in Computer Science, but after became pregnant with my 2nd child, I decided I didn't want the LONG work hours mandated by that profession, and decided that medical billing would be a fun career for me to pursue.
Like you, I ran into the "no experience" road block. Just remember the important thing is getting in the door. Once you've done that, you can prove yourself easily enough.
I went to a temp agency. I was assigned to work in the billing department for LabCorp. They hired me permanently. (Low pay, non-professional atmosphere, etc.). But before I knew it, I had enough experience to get a great job, and now I love what I do!