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Getting Ready to Graduate? Part I

Posted on April 8th, 2016 by Florida Technical College

Getting Ready to Graduate? Finding Your Dream Job You chose to complete a program at Florida Technical College so you could have the career of your dreams. Now that you’re close to graduating, it’s time to make that dream a reality. By planning ahead and preparing now for your graduation, you can ensure that you will have an easier transition from school to a new job. There are several things you can start doing now to make sure you find and get that great new job. Reflect on What You Want for Your New Career   Before you can find your dream job, you need to know what it is. This means more than just knowing that you want a job as a hair stylist in a salon, or a career in IT. Now is the time to really reflect on what you want your future to look like so you can find the perfect job for it. Consider the kinds of hours you want to work, if you want part time or full time work, and what kind of salary you hope to earn.   Take Advantage of Job Placement Services   Once you have a clear picture of what it is you want for your new career, you can let FTC’s career service professionals help you find it. Job placement works with employers to find the open positions that match what you want in a job and the skills you have. The people in the job placement office can also guide you through this process and make sure you have the best chance of getting the job you want.   Craft Your Resume   Knowing what job you want and finding an open position with the help of the Career Services department is just the beginning of finding your dream job. Now you have to make sure you secure it. Your resume is the first thing a potential employer will see, so make sure it looks perfect: Keep it simple. Use a simple, easy-to-read font, a clear layout, and limit your resume to one page. List your education and job experiences in reverse chronological order, with the most recent first. List your skills. You’ve been working hard to learn important new skills. This is the place to brag about them. Put your name, email, and phone number at the top, front and center. Avoid typos and silly errors. Proofread again and again to avoid these. Let someone else proofread it too. Get advice from the experts in Career Services. Write your resume and then let our experts check it for you and tell you how you can improve it.   Practice Interviewing   Your resume gets you the interview, but it’s your ability to interact and answer questions during that interview that will get you the job. Interviewing well is a skill that has to be developed; no one is born with it. Practice interviewing as much as you can before the real event. Ask family and friends to set up practice interviews with all the questions you think you may be asked. Dress professionally for your interviews, even if you expect to dress more casually for the actual job. Men should wear a suit. Women can wear a suit, a modest dress or slacks and a nice blouse. If you’re not sure what you have is appropriate, run it by someone in Career Services for a professional opinion.   Contact FTC’s Career Services department today to get started on finding your dream job. Now, before you graduate, is the time to work on your resume, practice interviewing, and let our experts help you find that perfect position.  

8 Questions to Ask When Searching for a Medical Billing Program

Posted on November 16th, 2015 by Florida Technical College

Any Google search will tell you that there are a fair amount of choices when looking for a medical billing program. It can be overwhelming to try and figure out which one is best for you. To help you narrow it down, here are 8 questions to ask before you commit to a program:   How comprehensive is the program?   Every medical billing program will teach you the basics. But you want a comprehensive background in procedural codes and diagnostic codes (make sure they cover ICD-9 and 10). In addition, you’ll want training in anatomy and physiology, and you’ll want some exposure to medical law and medical ethics.   Does the program teach any other skills?   Aside from comprehensive training in medical billing and coding, you’re going to want other skills as well. A good medical billing program will teach you computer skills, office procedures, customer service techniques and more.   How flexible is the program?   Are there day, evening and weekend classes? Is there an online option?   Where is it located?   It may not be a great idea to choose a medical billing program entirely for its location. But it certainly can be an important consideration. Especially since so many students already have jobs and/or family obligations. Find out how long it will take you to get to class, and if there are public transportation options.   Is financial aid available?   If you need help with tuition (and who doesn’t?) make sure you ask about financial aid packages and payment options. Make sure you contact the financial aid office before you decide on a school, because you’ll want to know how helpful they are!   What kind of degree will I get?   Does the school offer a certificate or an associate’s degree? Either choice may be right for you, but find out what your options are. An associate’s degree may allow you to continue onto a 4-year program if you want to.   Is there a career services department?   The better schools not only have a good academic program. They also have ways to help guide you through the job search process. Look for a program that can help you with important tasks like getting your resume together and writing a killer cover letter. Find out if the program has connections with local firms that hire medical billing specialists.   Can I talk to an actual human?   Take a campus tour. And it won’t hurt to ask if you can talk to current students and alumni. The more information you have, the better your chance of finding the right fit for yourself. When you make contact with a school, make sure you ask about these options.   Don’t wait any longer and contact Florida Technical College today! Your new career as a Medical Billing Specialist is just a call away! Let our Admissions team answer all your questions.   RELATED ARTICLES Get Started in a Career in Medical Billing and Coding! What’s the Difference Between Medical Billing & Medical Coding? How to Prepare for a Great New Career as a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist