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5 Resume Writing Tips for Phlebotomists
You’re one step closer to landing that phlebotomist job you’ve been eyeing all this time. But before you get down to work, make sure you have the right tools to highlight your impressive phlebotomist skills. Follow our suggestions on how to strengthen every section in your resume.
1. Become the protagonist of your phlebotomist resume.
Your resume’s strength depends not only on how much you talk about yourself but also on how you do so. Keep the focus on your talents.
Many job seekers make the rookie mistake of writing phrases that look like this: “Responsible for testing patients’ blood.” Instead, you need to incorporate the right action words to make your statements clearer and more engaging. Your phrasing should look more like this:
- Ensured proper sterilization of lab instruments.
- Closely followed infection control guidelines.
- Implemented patient relations strategies.
2. Polish your phlebotomist resume and avoid grammar and spelling mistakes.
Phlebotomy requires some major attention to detail. You’ll be dealing with blood samples and test results regularly, so you need to show you’re cut for the job. Start by writing a flawless resume.
Typos and poor grammar will make you look unprofessional to any hiring manager and can imply you’ll be careless on the job. A spelling mistake on your resume may get you automatically disqualified from the job-seeking race.
3. Show integrity when representing your phlebotomy talents.
You may feel tempted to “embellish” your resume to boost your chances of getting hired, but there are good reasons why you shouldn’t. First, adding way too many skills to your document may look like keyword stuffing. This issue will raise red flags on the ATS and may push your resume to the bottom of the stack.
Second — but perhaps more importantly — you don’t want to be caught in a lie. If your potential employer realizes you were dishonest at any point of the hiring process, they’ll wonder what else you will lie about on the job. Nobody wants to hire someone they cannot trust, especially in the phlebotomy field, where dependability and strong work ethics are so highly valued.
4. Showcase your eagerness to learn if you have no professional experience.
Job descriptions tend to ask applicants for a few years of proven experience. This is where phlebotomists who are just getting started in the field become a bit discouraged. Yet we all have to begin somewhere, right?
Keep in mind that we miss all of the opportunities we don’t take, so submit the resume. Compensate for your lack of experience by describing your objectives. Recruiters and hiring managers will likely value your initiative.
In the worst-case scenario, you may get a no. But at least you’ll get some pointers on what skills you need to pay more attention to.
5. Hook recruiters with a solid introduction.
All sections of your resume are highly relevant. But the harsh truth is that, since they go through hundreds of documents every day, recruiters tend to spend only a few seconds scanning your entries.
So add a concise yet strong introduction. The professional profile section is underrated. It allows you to display a summary of what the recipient is about to read. Use it to quickly display:
- Who you are.
- Your main phlebotomy skills.
- One or two achievements that are relevant to the position.