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Find Your First Medical Assistant Job

Find Your First Medical Assistant Job

By Megan Malugani | Monster Contributing Writer

Question Your Questioner

Be sure to ask questions during an interview, says new-graduate CMA Tonya Tabor, who began working for two Virginia physicians specializing in pain management in 2005. “Find out about the practice and what they do,” she says. “If you pick a specialty you don’t like or don’t care about, you’re not going to give 110 percent to the practice.”

Look for Other Ways In

If you aren’t getting job offers or interviews, apply for positions in medical assisting-related fields, says Cathy Kelley-Arney, CMA, institutional director of healthcare education at the National College of Business & Technology in Bluefield, Virginia.

“Many times an LPN position is posted in an ad, but the employer is more than willing to talk to a medical assistant,” she says. “And on the other hand, if you see an ad for a receptionist job in a medical office, don’t be afraid to apply for that.”

Broaden Your Horizons

Kelley-Arney sometimes advises graduates who are having trouble finding jobs to take a few additional courses – such as medical coding – to become more marketable to physicians.

Also, graduates may have to venture to a new location to find their first job. “You may be able to get a job if you move 50 miles down the road or are willing to drive further to work every day,” she says.

Believe Someone Will Give You a Chance

Lack of experience won’t necessarily doom new grads, says Sabine Von Metzger, a Colorado-based CMA who has been in the field since 2000.

“Be honest,” Von Metzger says. “Tell a prospective employer, ‘Yes, I am fresh out of school, but I’m willing to learn.’ A lot of employers out there will give a fresh grad a start. After all, someone gave them a chance.”

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