As a phlebotomist, and a member of the medical profession, it is essential that your resume is professionally presented and contains all the necessary information. Whether you have just graduated from a phlebotomy training school or certification class, or are a seasoned professional looking for a new phlebotomy job, your resume should be as precise and well presented as blood sample documentation.

This article will tell you exactly what you should put on your resume when applying for a phlebotomy job. Read on to find out how to create a resume that stands out, suits the type of job you’re applying for and increases your chances of being hired.

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Phlebotomy Resume Format

Remember the saying “first impressions count”? Well, your resume is the first impression your prospective employer is going to have of you. A well-structured, concise and well laid out resume could be what sets you apart from the rest and lands you the phlebotomy job of your dreams.

Your phlebotomy resume will contain the same information whether you’re just starting out or not. Here is a guideline of the elements that you should include in your resume and the order they should be placed in.

Resume Format

  • Name and contact details.
  • Summary
  • Objective
  • Certifications
  • Skills
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Qualifications
  • Covering Letter

Phlebotomy Resume Summary

Your phlebotomy resume summary should be no more than three sentences long. This is an honest description of your career highlights and where you can focus on the strengths that make you a good fit for this particular position. Start sentences with verbs and think carefully about each sentence. You have a lot to fit into them and they need to make an impact because this resume summary will be the first impression your new employer will get of you.

Below are two examples of to-the-point phlebotomy resume summaries:

“Bi-lingual critical care RN with experience in pediatric intensive care, neonatal and cardiac care units. Promoted to Charge Nurse because of demonstrated leadership skills. Instructed staff on the use of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system. Floated to the Level 1 trauma unit when needed.”

“RN with over 10 years experience in a 25 bed psychiatric unit of a 400-bed community hospital. Maintained a caseload of up to 15 patients. Supervised medication schedules, maintained safe environment, and used restraining techniques when necessary with compassion and understanding. Through accurate medical record-keeping, contributed to successful audit of the unit.”

Phlebotomy Resume Objective

Your objective will be different for each position you are applying for because it should be specific to that particular job. You should clearly and very concisely state why you would like the job and highlight one or two of the skills that you have that would make you good at the job.

Phlebotomy job resume objective statement examples

Here are two job postings and corresponding objectives.

EXAMPLE 1

JOB DESCRIPTION

Pediatric Associates, LLP is a group of board-certified pediatricians and nurse practitioners who are dedicated to the health and well-being of children, from prenatal counseling to college. Our practice has been serving generation after generation of families throughout northeast Georgia and beyond for over 60 years. We are seeking to hire a certified phlebotomist to help us keep growing. If you are dedicated, ambitious, and love children, Pediatric Associates, LLP is the place for you

OBJECTIVE

To obtain the position of a certified phlebotomist at Pediatric Associates where I can be a part of a team dedicated to the well-being of children and be able to use my ability to keep children and parents calm when drawing blood to make the procedure as pain-free and genial as possible.

EXAMPLE 2

JOB DESCRIPTION

Anna Jaques Hospital requires a Laboratory Associate II/Phlebotomist who will be responsible for phlebotomy, patient reception and order entry. 3-6 months experience is preferred. Schedule includes every third weekend rotation.

OBJECTIVE: Seeking to start my career as a phlebotomist at Anna Jaques Hospital by practicing my skills and using the opportunity to learn from the experienced staff at the hospital.

Phlebotomy Resume Skills List

Major Strengths & Skills

Make a list of your strengths and skills. Prioritize them according to the job description and make sure you include those technical skills that you know the employers in your industry want to see. You can simply present them as a simple list or you can create categories to group them into skills sets. See the examples below.

Example 1

MAJOR STRENGTHS & SKILLS

  • Sound knowledge of anatomy, physiology, infection control and specimen processing
  • Familiar with first-aid and safety.
  • Conversant in medical terminology
  • Good bedside manner, particularly with the elderly.
  • Complete understanding of centrifugation and specimen aliquoting
  • Computer literate
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish)
  • People person
  • Typing speed of 55+wpm
  • 350+ Blood Draws
  • Punctual

Example 2

MAJOR STRENGTHS & SKILLS

  • Technical Skills
    • Sound knowledge of anatomy, physiology, infection control, and specimen processing
    • Familiar with first-aid and safety.
    • Conversant in medical terminology
    • 350+ Blood draws
  • Computer Experience
    • Typing speed of 55+wpm
    • Computer literate
  • Interpersonal
    • Good bedside manner, particularly with the elderly.
    • Bilingual (English and Spanish)
    • People person
    • Punctual

Phlebotomy Resume Experience Description

Work Experience

In this section, you should list your work experience, ordered by date in ascending order so that your most current jobs are at the top and your first job is at the end. Give details of the company you worked for, your position, your duties, and your responsibilities as well as your reason for leaving. You may also need to tailor this section to suit the job you’re applying for my making sure that the duties you list include any experience that would be pertinent to the job you’re applying for as well. For example:

Example 1

WORK EXPERIENCE
Memorial Hospital – Gallipolis, OH
Jan 2013 – Dec 2019
Junior Phlebotomy Technician

  • Collected blood and urine specimens using venous and micro techniques
  • Verified specimen collection information
  • Performed bleeding time procedures
  • Communicated with patients and staff to provide information about tests
  • Followed policies and procedures

Example 2

WORK EXPERIENCE
Kaiser Permanente – CA
September 2008 – October 2012
Donor Phlebotomist

  • Daily blood drawing from donors
  • Performing blood culture
  • Venipuncture
  • Adept at using standard phlebotomy equipment such as tourniquets, vacutainer tubes and sleeves, and butterfly needles and syringes
  • Able to keep patients calm and elicit collaboration

Phlebotomy Resume Qualifications

Education & Training

Your certification and the span of time you have worked as a phlebotomist determines your status so make sure you list your highest qualification first (even if it isn’t the last one you received) as that is what your employer will be most interested in. You only need to put in the school, the location and the qualification attained.

The last portion of your resume should state your educational background and qualifications including any certifications and training you have earned. Similar to the way you displayed your work experience on your resume, the information about your training and educational background should also be listed in an ascending order with the highest qualification at the top.

If you’re an LPN who’s currently enrolled in a bridge program to become an RN or a BSN, be sure to list it as in progress, and if you have a firm graduation date, you can add that too.

Phlebotomists should consider creating a Certifications/Licensure sub-heading where their ongoing training each year. If you are a member of any professional associations or organizations, create a sub-heading for them too.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

  • Certified from ASCP (American Society of Clinical Pathologists)
  • CPR Certification
  • Phlebotomy Training – UAF Community and Technical College – Muskogee, OK – 2012
  • High School Diploma – Muskogee High School – 2011

How To Add Phlebotomy Certification To Your Resume

It is a good idea to attach a copy of the certificate of your highest qualification to your resume.

How To Write A Resume For Phlebotomy With No Experience

When you’re just venturing out into your career as a phlebotomist and have no experience, yet you should follow the format suggested in this article but just switch things around a bit. Move your Education right to the top under Objective. This is what your greatest strength is until you start to get some hours under your belt. Follow that with Skills and then put Work Experience last.

Example

 Different Types Of Phlebotomy Resumes

Phlebotomy Resume Templates

Here is a range of sites offering phlebotomy resume templates.

Phlebotomy Cover Letters For Resumes

This finishing touch to your resume is a covering letter. This should be formally written and should inspire the person reading it to want to look at your resume.

Personalize it and make it specific to the job you are applying for. Consider using your summary in the body of your cover letter.

Below is an example of a phlebotomy cover letter. Remember to add the date and your contact details as well as the address of the person you’re sending it to.

Dear Mr. Murrell:

With this letter and the attached resume, I would like to express my sincere interest in the Phlebotomist position you have available. With my solid background in phlebotomy, along with my superior skills in analysis and communication, I possess a wide range of knowledge and experience that will allow me to contribute toward the success of your team.

Through my experience, I have become well versed in collecting and processing blood specimens, documenting/updating medical records, and utilizing complex equipment. Additionally, because of my comprehensive education in life sciences and chemistry, I have gained knowledge in diverse laboratory topics, instruments, and hands-on techniques, as well as the ability to integrate superior organization and communication skills across all levels of phlebotomy.

The following achievements demonstrate my qualification for this position:

  • Properly acquiring and handling blood specimens according to established guidelines, protocols, and safety procedures while maintaining an unfailingly sanitary and safe workplace
  • Demonstrating strong knowledge of venipuncture and additional diagnostic testing procedures as well as the proper blood draw order.
  • Possessing a record of providing superior patient support, explaining treatments and procedures and answering questions to ensure outstanding patient experiences.
  • Offering complementary assistance in a full range of administrative duties, including appointments, phone support, insurance claim filing, and records management.
  • Obtaining credential as a Certified Phlebotomy Technician; currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.

My commitment to excellence in the field of phlebotomy coupled with my extensive knowledge of laboratory techniques will translate into dedication to the work performed by your team. Thank you for your consideration; I look forward to speaking with you soon.

Sincerely,

Carol C. Hunter”

A successful еxаmрlе cover lеttеr fоr Phlеbоtоmіѕt ѕhоuld highlight qualifications ѕuсh аѕ: 

  • Dexterity and knowledge оf mеthоdѕ fоr obtaining blооd ѕресіmеnѕ 
  • Bedside mаnnеrѕ аnd empathy 
  • Rесоrdkееріng ѕkіllѕ 
  • Mеdісаl teamwork 
  • Effесtіvе соmmunісаtіоn 
  • Cоmрutеr literacy 
  • Stаmіnа аnd rеѕіlіеnсе 
  • Attention tо dеtаіlѕ аnd ассurасу

Things You Should Avoid In Your Phlebotomy Resume

  • Try not to use first-person speech patterns, such as “I”, “my” or “me”.
  • Don’t use fancy words, keep your language clear and concise.
  • Avoid overusing jargon.
  • Avoid talking passively and incorporate action verbs instead.
  • Avoid lying about anything because employers do run a background check on potential applicants.
  • Don’t add references. Rather add a simple sentence right at the end stating “REFERENCES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST”
  • If you’re leaving your current job due to the fault of the company you are working for e.g. understaffing or poor management, don’t say anything. This kind of information is confidential and your potential may see breaching confidentiality as a reason not to hire you.
  • Don’t forget to proofread your resume and get a friend to go over it too. This cannot be stressed enough. The last thing you want is to not get an interview because you made spelling mistakes. Nobody wants to hire a phlebotomist who isn’t accurate.
  • Don’t underplay the importance of using keywords from the job description in your resume. By using similar language your resume will “ring true” with your potential employer and put them at ease with you.

You should now know exactly how to set up your resume for that dream phlebotomy job you’d like to get. There is a big demand for phlebotomists so you may find yourself wanting to apply for several jobs at the same time. Don’t use a cookie-cutter approach, craft your resume to fit each job. It takes time but will definitely pay off.

Put copies of each of the resumes into a file with a list of the names and contact details of the people you have sent them to so that when you start getting calls for interviews you have the resume you sent them at your fingertips. Good luck!