Negotiating Salary In Tough Economic Times

You’re a certified medical billing and coding professional in a field that is predicted to continue to grow.  Yet unemployment is still near historic highs and there are more applicants than jobs available, even in high growth fields.  So, it is not a good time to ask for a higher starting salary (or a raise if you’re already employed) right?  Wrong!  Good help, as the old saying goes, is hard to find.  Employers are always happy to have quality, highly trained people working hard for their organizations.  Knowing how to negotiate salary can help you earn what you’re worth even in tough times.  Michael Chaffers at Monster.com writes this list of Top Ten Tips for Salary Negotiations.  Read it and arm yourself with the knowledge needed to get what you’re worth as an Allen School Online graduate!

The Modern Resumè What’s “In” and What’s “Out”

The ongoing unemployment problem in the US has effected many changes in  the way Human Resources departments deal with hiring.  With 6 applicants for every single available job, the dynamics of how an applicant gets noticed have changed.  In fact, much of what was once the conventional wisdom with regard to resumè writing has been turned upside down.  So US News has prepared a list of the top 10 most outdated resumè strategies and practices.  The top 5 are:1. You must use a land line for a phone interview. 2. Your resumè can only be one page.” 3. Every job has to go on your resumè to present a complete account of your professional history. 4. Include “references available upon request” on the bottom of your resumè. 5. Include an objective at the top of your resumè.To read the details of the thinking behind these tips and for the rest of the top 10, visit this excellent article from US News.

Keep Computers Cool Online Students

You’d be pretty hard up if your computer died cutting you off from the ability to study online.  Well, with 100,000,000 Americans – a full third of the US population – experiencing the broiling effects of a huge heat wave, you should take some steps to protect your link to the online classroom.  Just like humans and pets, the computer too is vulnerable to breakdown brought on by excessive heat.Symptoms of Overheating– Turning off on its own – Not wanting to boot up after it turns off – Freezing – Blue Screen – Is hot to the touch – Loud fan running – Frequent memory errorsHere is a great list of steps you should take to protect your machines during periods of extended heat.  Oh, yeah and also, drink plenty of fluids and make sure that the young, elderly and pets do too!  Wouldn’t want anything to happen to them either!

Best Hospitals of 2011-12

US News and World Report has released its list of the top hospitals for 2011-12.  This is interesting as it shows where some of the most sought after jobs might be for Allen School Online graduates.  The rankings include hospitals in 15 states so there’s lots of choices if you’re seeking to move to a specific area to begin your new career.  View the list here.

How Much Would I Earn in Miami?

Medical Coding Bell CurveOnce you have earned a certification in medical billing and coding, you have the ability to find a good job in many different parts of the country.  Some markets pay more than others.  Some markets have a high cost of living while others do not.   Knowing what you can expect to earn in this field (in any given zip code) can really help you decide where you want to go to ply your new trade.  To determine how much you could earn in any town in the USA, I recommend the salary wizard at www.salary.com where you enter in your job title and zip code where you’d like to work to find out what the earning potential is there.

Netizens, Protect Yourself From Clickjacking!

OK Allen School Online students.  You’re online a good portion of the day every day right?  You know your way around the Internet and likely spend alot of time using social media to stay in touch.  But beware the latest threat to cyber living: clickjacking.  Clickjacking is defined in this excellent Wired online article thusly:“Clickjacking, put simply, is when a button, image, video, or some form of embedded content on a website is overlaid by an invisible layer that sits on top of the site underneath it.For instance, you may see a page with a movie embedded on it. You want to watch the movie, so you click on the play button. You don’t think twice about it — you’ve done it a million times. Meanwhile, a hacker has superimposed an invisible web page over the movie. It just so happens that a button allowing access to your camera and microphone has been placed over the movie’s play button. Now, when you think you’re playing the movie, you’re actually permitting the hacker to access your video camera and microphone.”Read the rest of the article to learn how to avoid being taken by clickjackers.

Noticeably Absent

Noticeably absent from this depressing article about the disappearance of middle class jobs was any mention of declining numbers of available careers in medical fields.  The middle class squeeze, as we all know, has hit hard at industries like manufacturing where thousands of jobs in factories and assembly lines have been sent overseas to “low cost labor markets”  like China and India or automated with robotics and other technologies.  But this article showed the top five hardest hit career fields outside of manufacturing.  They were:Travel AgentsFive-year decline: 14%Vocational Education Middle School TeachersFive-year decline: 14.4%Broadcast News AnalystsFive-year decline: 15.9%Agricultural EngineersFive-year decline: 18.4%Transit and Rail PoliceFive-year decline: 18.7%Notice what was (thankfully) not included in this sad list?  If you said, “medical industry jobs”, give yourself a prize!

We’re Number 3!

Yahoo! recently published a list of the top 5 fastest growing jobs in the medical field.  Medical Records and Health Information Technician took the number 3 place on the list!  With a very attractive average annual salary, medical billing and coding specialists can anticipate continued strength in the job market for people with their qualifications.  Click here to view the list and the entire article.

Access Your Files From Anywhere

One of the best parts about online study is that you can study whenever you carve the time out to do so.  And, you’re not tethered to any one particular location.  For many of us that means we can study wherever we can bring our laptop.  Think, coffee shop, airport, friend’s houses, etc.  But, even that level of portability can become cumbersome.  Particularly if you’re not keen on moving around with a very expensive laptop or other device.  Yet, you can work wherever there is a machine available.  Think, library, hotel business center, Kinko’s or on friend’s machines at their homes.  To do this though, you need to be able to access your own files from a remote machine.  This has grown increasingly simple in recent years as “cloud computing” and other technological innovations have permitted such accessibility.  Here’s an excellent “how to” article on using these new “sharing” technologies from the Hot To Wiki at Wired.com.