Healthcare employers are looking to hire candidates who already have relevant work experience. A great way to gain experience in the health information technology field is to Volunteer at you local doctors office, hospital, or senior center. For more info check out my guest post on Wingofzock.org about How to Recruit, Hire, and Retain HIT Professionals.
During your volunteer period try to Job Shadow someone who works in Health Information Technology. You will see what a day in their life looks like, and can help you decide if it’s the right career path for you.
Your network of friends and family is a great asset for job hunting. Put the word out that you are looking for health information technology jobs. Get involved in groups relating to health IT, connect with other professionals, and and join professional organizations.
Professional Health IT Organizations
- American Association of Professional Coders
- American Health Information Management Association
- National Association Medical Staff Services
- American College of Health Executives
Get connected with people online and join health information related groups on Facebook & Linked In.
- Health Information Technology Careers Facebook Page
- HIT & HIM Education Network
- Healthcare IT and Clinical Informatics Network
Cast a wide net by using several job search methods. Take advantage of all the resources available to you.
- If you are in college, visit the Career Services Center and attend your school’s Job Fairs.
- Check the Help Wanted ads in your local newspaper in addition to Health IT Online Job Boards.
- Find local Employment Agencies, Recruiters, & Temp Agencies.
- Drop off a Resume at your local doctors office and hospital.
Most Entry level health information technology jobs require that you have at least a high school diploma and some professional training or a health information technology certification.
Read this article for more information about Health Information Technology Certification
You want to make a great first impression during your initial interview. First, you may have to go through a screening interview, typically done on the phone, to see if you are qualified. Its a good idea to have your resume on hand so you can highlight your relevant experience, education, and training.
Preparing for the interview
Research the company you are going to interview with. Read through their website, especially the “about us” page, so you know a bit about them, and shows your interest in getting the job.
In general, the interviewer is asking you questions to determine if you are the right person for the job. You want to answer the questions honestly, while highlighting your strengths. Show examples of how you overcame challenges in your previous job, and talk about your passion for health information technology.
At the end of the interview the interviewer might ask if you have any questions. Its a good idea to have some questions prepared. For example:
- What type of career opportunities are available for my level of training and skills?
- What are the biggest challenges of this job?
- How is an employee promoted? Is it company policy to promote from within?
- Describe the typical first year assignments
Always send a follow up email to the interviewer thanking them for their time and expressing interest in the job.
Sometimes people get busy and forget to get back to you, so keep following up to see what’s the status .