Landing your first HIM job
As in any profession, new HIM graduates often face many challenges when entering the workforce. A lack of experience is perhaps the most significant of these challenges. However, experience isn’t everything. Employers also look for passion and flexibility. Many new graduates fit the bill and bring a wealth of knowledge to the table. But they must know how to “sell” themselves and put their best foot forward at all times.
Consider these seven strategies:
- Secure your credentials immediately upon graduation.
- Network as much as possible.
- Look for an apprenticeship/mentorship program. The AHIMA Foundation received a grant from the Employment and Training Administration of the US Department of Labor to offer a Registered Apprenticeship Program. This program will help manage the talent pipeline in HIM and put more new graduates to work. The program, which connects new grads and working learners with paid entry-level positions. Learn more and apply at the AHIMA Foundation website.
- Revise/improve your cover letter.
- Establish a professional presence on social media. In a 2014 survey conducted by Jobvite, 94 percent of recruiters use LinkedIn for recruiting purposes. Sixty-six percent use Facebook. Ninety-three percent of recruiters will review a candidate’s social profile before making a decision, and 55 percent of recruiters have reconsidered a candidate based on what they saw on social media.
- Keep an open mind.
- Work with a recruiter.
Most importantly, remember that hard work and perseverance pays off. Have confidence in yourself and your abilities.
Click here to learn more about each of the seven strategies listed above as well as one new HIM grad’s journey toward landing her first HIM job.