Congratulations! You’re about to become a certified phlebotomist. Now all you have to do is get that initial phlebotomy job. What’s the first step in achieving that goal? You need to create a great resume and a terrific cover letter to go with it. You need to attract the attention of your prospective employer in less than 20 seconds, because most employers take only that long to decide if they’ll read on or not. Here are some tips to help you write a phlebotomy resume that will distinguish you from the crowd.
Include Any Phlebotomy Experience You Have, Paid or Unpaid
Because you are just out of school, you probably don’t have much related work experience to add to your resume. Do include your most recent employment no matter what type of work you’ve been doing, but also highlight any internships or externships you completed during your training. You may also want to do some volunteer work at nursing homes, blood donation centers, or other facilities that will accept your help so you can add those accomplishments to the resume.
Highlight Your Education and Other Achievements
Even though you may not have a bevy or experience as a phlebotomist, you still have significant qualifications. You have completed your phlebotomy training and passed the certification exam. If you were elected employee of the month at your former place of employment, mention it. If you were consistently on the dean’s list at school, or have served as an officer in any clubs or organizations, make sure those achievements are highlighted on your resume. Those accomplishments are representative of the type of person you are. Be sure to include your affiliation with any professional organizations, such as the American Phlebotomy Association.
Use Excellent Grammar and Spelling
Nothing can turn a prospective employer off faster than a sloppy resume filled with misspellings and grammatical errors. If you don’t feel confident in your writing skills, have someone that is accomplished go over it for you.
Attach a Clear, Concise Cover Letter
If you are sending your resume in regards to a specific job opening, you’ll want to include a cover letter. Use a formal business letter format. Mention what job you are applying for in the first paragraph, informing them how you became aware of the job opportunity and expressing your interest in the position.
In the second paragraph, give specific examples of your education, qualifications, and experience. Keep it concise and only point out two or three major traits that you can back up with evidence.Conclude the letter by mentioning the enclosed resume and asking to be considered for the job. Thank the reader for his time and consideration.
Make sure your contact information is on both the resume and the cover letter.
Writing a resume is a big step towards obtaining your first phlebotomy job, but don’t worry. After all, you’ve already completed the biggest step by finishing your training and becoming a certified phlebotomist.