New to the field? Stress your technical training and externship
Congratulations! You finished your medical billing and coding training, you’ve written your resume, and now you’re ready to go out and apply for a job in the medical billing and coding field.
But hang on a sec … don’t forget to include a cover letter when applying for a new job.
You may be asking why you need a cover letter if all of your relevant information is already on your resume. That’s a good question with a very important answer.
In today’s competitive job environment, a cover letter is a prime opportunity to explain to potential employers exactly why they should hire you instead of the competition. The cover letter is your opportunity to sell yourself – even if you’re new to the field.
Let’s a take a look at what a sample cover letter might include for a medical billing and coding position.
Email subject line
Hiring managers are likely to have a lot of email correspondence to sort through. Make your subject line clear so that the manager will know that you’re applying for a job. Be sure to include your name in the subject line so your email can be easily found later if need be.
Application for medical coding position – [YOUR NAME]
Body of email
Keep the body of your email concise – about three to five paragraphs.
Try to find out the name of the hiring manager from the job listing or by calling the company. If you’re unable to find a specific name, you should address the letter to the hiring manager.
In the first paragraph, note the position that you’re applying for (keep in mind that the company may be posting for other jobs as well) and where you saw the job listing.
Then, use the rest of the letter to outline your experience, starting with the most relevant information. Be sure to focus attention on how you specifically meet the qualifications that are noted in the job listing.
Before you close the letter, highlight any traits or accomplishments that might make you stand out from the competition.
Medical Billing and Coding Example Cover Letter::
Dear Mr./Ms. [NAME or Hiring Manager],
Please accept my application for the medical billing and coding position advertised on Indeed.com on [DATE]. My resume is attached for your review.
I just completed an externship at [NAME OF COMPANY] as part of my Health Claims Specialist training at the Salter School. In that position, I was responsible for [LIST DUTIES HERE, such as “assisting the billing department with maintaining patient records, checking billings for accuracy, and following up on unpaid accounts”].
At Salter, I was fully trained in medical billing and coding. I gained a working knowledge of [LIST COURSEWORK THAT YOU COMPLETED THAT IS RELEVANT TO QUALIFICATIONS LISTED IN THE JOB AD, such as “billing issues related to different kinds of insurance, ICD-9 terminology, computerized billing programs, and software for accessing and updating EHRs”].
[USE THIS PARAGRAPH TO SPELL OUT TRAITS OR ACCOMPLISHMENTS THAT MAY DIFFERENTIATE YOU FROM OTHER CANDIDATES.]
I believe that my training, along with the skills volunteering for my church/leading a neighborhood cleanup/acting as shift supervisor at [PRIOR JOB] make me an excellent candidate for this position. I work well with others, I follow through, and I’m committed to being prompt and meeting deadlines.
I hope to hear from you soon, and will call you next Tuesday to see if it would be possible to meet in person.
Thank you for considering me for this position.
[CONTACT INFO, including phone number and email address]
Don’t forget these two things
Remember to attach your resume in the format the employer requested. If no format is requested, attach it as a PDF file.
Of course, be sure to follow up with the phone call you mentioned in the letter.
Best of luck with your job searches!
If you’d like more help with your cover letters, stop by Career Services for some expert advice.