The demand for qualified phlebotomists has never been greater. But, just because the need for qualified professionals is significant doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t spend time perfecting your resume.
You need to develop a resume that helps you to stand out from the crowd. Putting down the training course you took is no longer enough. Although there are more entry level phlebotomy vacancies, you’ll also discover that more candidates are fighting it out for the best jobs.
Phlebotomists can work in a variety of different types of organizations. Certain facilities might be looking for different personal qualities. But, no matter where you apply, you need to make sure your resume is an accurate reflection of what you can offer a potential employer.
Writing the ideal resume can feel overwhelming if it’s something that you’ve never done before. But, there are some tips that you can use to make your phlebotomy resume look amazing.
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We will focus on what a good phlebotomy resume should include. We’ll go over a basic outline and what you should be able to fill in for each section. You can use this as a guide if you’re just getting into the phlebotomy field or you’ve just completed training.
It’s never a bad idea to keep your resume updated and add any accomplishments or extra skills. But, we’ll be focusing mainly on how you can make your resume stand out when you’re just getting started as a phlebotomist and want to get hired right away.
Every great resume should start out with an objective. The objective is should be relatively short and get straight to the point. Think of it as the first impression a potential employer will have about you. If it’s too long and wordy, they might get disinterested and move on.
The objective of your phlebotomy resume should cover two major things:
Here’s an example of a strong objective statement for a phlebotomy resume:
Everyone’s objective statement will be different. It’s best to keep it to no more than three sentences. Think about what makes you want to be a phlebotomist and why and include that in a summarized version for a truly stand-out objective.
Some resumes use a summary of qualifications in place of an objective statement. It’s up to you which format you choose to use. But, a good rule of thumb is to use a summary of qualifications if you’re applying for a specific job at a particular place. This is because you can show off your phlebotomy qualifications based on that job’s description.
A summary of qualifications is a way to introduce your strengths and skills. But, you can do it in a way that matches a specific job description. You can list your skills in this section, but they should be a reflection of what the employer is looking for. Let’s take a look at an example of a job posting, and what a strong summary of qualifications might be.
Not only does this summary match what the job description is looking for, but it sneaks in other skills. This option is a great way to let the employer know you’re a perfect fit, and why.
It’s easy to think that the most important part of a phlebotomy resume is your work history. While that can make a big difference, you can beef up your resume a bit by including your strengths and skills.
Keep in mind that not all these skills have to reflect a career in phlebotomy. Sometimes, a skill like ‘punctual’ can be more appealing to an employer than you may realize. So, don’t be afraid to include whatever you think makes you unique from other possible employees.
Some examples of skills might include:
When you’re writing down your list of skills, it’s important not to think in generalities. Almost everyone who wants a phlebotomy job will probably include something in their strengths about how many blood draws they’ve done. They’ll likely also include what they know about medical terms and the anatomy of the human body, etc.
With that in mind, it’s up to you to include some things that will help your resume stand out from everyone else’s. Many times, it’s the more personal skills and strengths that can catch an employer’s eye and might make them hire you over someone else.
Most employers want to know where you’ve worked before and how that can contribute to your career at their facility. When you list your previous places of employment, don’t just say where you worked and when. You should list the duties and responsibilities you had at each job. The more details you can give about your role in your previous jobs, the better.
For example, if you’ve worked for another medical facility as a phlebotomist, some of the duties you include might be:
Obviously, your list of responsibilities from past jobs will be unique to you. This is another area where you should avoid using generalities about phlebotomy jobs. Or, keep them to a small amount and focus on what you did that would be appealing to an employer. You can also include internships if they are applicable.
When listing your work history, always start with the most recent experience first. Then, work your way down in that order.
When you’re just starting out as a phlebotomist, it can be hard to fill in your work experience. Jobs you may have had in the past can show that you’re a dedicated worker. But, most medical employers are going to want to see some kind of experience in the healthcare industry.
You’ll have to perform many successful venipunctures throughout your training. Each program has a different number that a student has to reach to pass. But, it’s usually over 100.
While you can use that in your resume, it’s not going to help you to stand out from any other candidate, since everyone has to go through similar training procedures.
Most hospitals and medical facilities want phlebotomists they hire to have at least a little experience. Otherwise, you may have to work with a supervisor if you do get hired.
If you’re having trouble getting hired after training, there are ways to gain experience:
As you can see, there are ways to gain experience. So, if you’re struggling with the ‘work experience’ section of your resume, try one of these options. The more hours you can add to your list, the better.
The next section of your phlebotomy resume should focus on where you got your schooling/training.
It’s important to employers that you trained with an accredited program. For your educational background, it’s okay to list the school/program you attended, and when you were there. It’s also a good idea to list any extra certifications you might have.
Not every state currently demands that phlebotomists complete a certification exam. But, it could be another thing that helps you to stand out from the competition on a resume.
Phlebotomy students who go a step further and receive certification are often picked above their counterparts. You may also start at a higher salary than a technician who isn’t certified.
Be sure to list any other certifications you might have, such as CPR, etc. Any extra qualifications to make your resume stand out can be helpful.
As you did with your work experience, list your most recent training or schooling experience first. Then, work your way down to the least recent. Be sure to include when you graduated high school and the name of that school.
Though it’s not always necessary, you can choose to include two or three references at the bottom of your resume. These should only be added after all other important information and details. If the job you’re applying for had an application to be filled out, they might already have a spot to list your references. So, be sure the references are consistent on both documents.
If you do choose to add references to your resume, make sure you let them know that you include them, so they aren’t put off if they get a phone call or email from an employer. This doesn’t mean you should tell them what to say, but you should choose someone you trust and someone who will be honest about your skills.
You can choose anyone you want as a reference but try not to make them all family members. The best thing you can do is list someone you’ve shared a work experience with in the past. Even former bosses or managers can be great resources. These types of people will give a potential employer the best idea of what you’re like in a work environment.
Now that you know the different sections to include and how to put them together, it’s important to know what to avoid in creating a good resume. Unfortunately, there are a lot of little traps that can end up being big red flags for employers. Just a few of these mistakes can move your resume to the bottom of the pile for someone who might be hiring.
Avoid these pitfalls when you’re setting up your resume:
There is no one ‘perfect’ format to follow for your resume when you’re putting it together. You can go in the order we’ve listed out in this article or try something different.
But, there are a few concrete things to keep in mind when you’re considering formatting:
There are dozens of different ways to design your resume. The best thing you can do is make it personal to you. While using a template can be helpful, you shouldn’t just choose a template that lists your strengths and experience and nothing else.
With that in mind, there are a few things to keep in mind that can help to give your resume a little ‘boost.’
Choosing one or two of these tips can be helpful in getting your name to stand out before the employer even reads your entire document:
How you design your resume is up to you. It shouldn’t be too loud and confusing, but it’s okay to include some color to get noticed. It should be a reflection of who you are and your sense of professionalism.
While there is a massive demand for phlebotomists, there are also many people applying for these jobs. It’s important to do as much as you can to show why you might be a better candidate for a job than someone else. So, a strong resume really matters.
Thankfully, it’s not too complicated to put together a solid resume once you have a format in mind. By keeping things short and simple and highlighting your best qualities, you can put together an impressive document.
The perfect job is out there for you. The right resume can help you land it sooner and kick off your career as a phlebotomy technician.
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