Employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 17% from 2019 to 2029, which is a lot faster than for most other occupations.
For those people, like you, who aren’t squeamish and want an entry-level job in the medical field, it’s excellent news. You don’t even need training and experience to get into the field.
But the caveat is that there’s competition out there, and to get a phlebotomy position is going to take work. Not in the profession, but compiling a compelling resume. We are going to show you how.
Resume objective for phlebotomy
If you’ve chosen phlebotomy as a career path, your resume is the lifeblood of your job search.
Now you have to get your resume right so that you can get the job you have been dreaming of. Or, if you’ve already been working as a phlebotomist, upgrade your position and earn more money.
It will usually start with your name and contact details at the top of the document and the first element below that will be your objective.
Traditionally, an objective mentioned the job title the applicant was applying for – in your case a phlebotomist – and then it would state what the applicant aimed to achieve.
Unfortunately, applicants tended to regurgitate what the job description asked for, rather than identifying their skills and the value they could add to the position.
If you can’t make the objective about you and what you have to offer, it’s probably better to leave it out. Otherwise, start your resume with a short statement that is likely to attract the attention of recruiters.
They won’t hire you on the strength of your objective, but the idea is to get an interview so that you can get your foot in the door.
Skilled phlebotomist with an innate ability to draw blood painlessly. CBT certified and committed to continuing education courses.
Resume skills for phlebotomy
If you’re a phlebotomist, you need to be able to find veins and draw blood without causing patients unnecessary pain.
It doesn’t matter why you’re drawing the blood. It could be for tests, for transfusions, for research, or because the patient is donating blood. If a patient has a bad reaction during or while you are drawing blood, you need to be able to deal with the issue.
Apart from having the skill, dexterity, and hand-eye coordination to draw blood efficiently, you also need to be a caring person with enormous soft skills.
The hard skills, like drawing blood (or venepuncture), can be taught. But soft skills, like compassion, good communication, and being a good listener are qualities that should be natural to a phlebotomist.
You need to have a positive attitude and work well under pressure. Observation skills are also critical because you are the one who is one-to-one with patients, and who will notice if they are responding badly to treatment.
You need to be responsible, and to have a team player mentality. You also need to be exceptionally well organized because admin work is usually part of the deal.
MedCerts, which offers career services including medical and healthcare programs, hits the nail on the head when they say that the best phlebotomists need the perfect combination of hard and soft skills to make them successful.
Compassion | Caring | Good listener | Communicator | Positive attitude | Observation | Detail-orientated | Hand-eye coordination | Responsibility | Teamwork | Venepuncture
Phlebotomy work experience
Since phlebotomy is an entry-level job there are lots of applicants for jobs who don’t have any work experience. If you do have the experience, this could set you apart and get you the job. But only if the experience you have is relevant to the position that you are applying for.
Another way to get work experience that can make your application stand out in the pile is to show that you have done relevant volunteer work, perhaps drawing blood during a campaign for blood donations.
Obviously, if you don’t have experience you won’t be able to include it in your resume. Don’t ever be tempted to make up fake positions.
Rather consider internships or externships, where you shadow professionals.
Sample Work Experience
North Cypress Medical Center, TX
Laboratory Phlebotomist, 2019 – 2020
Performed all the required procedures related to the processing and distribution of specimens as well as the distribution of lab reports.
- Performed venipuncture with minimal trauma.
- Maintained established departmental policies and procedures, objectives, performance improvement, safety, and environmental and infection control.
- Consulted with the supervisor regarding discrepancies in specimens and other unexpected problems.
- Assisted in the care and maintenance of laboratory work areas including furnishing, equipment, and supplies.
- Provided accurate patient identification, and specimen labeling.
Singing River Health Systems
Phlebotomist Internship, 2018
Full-time internship that resulted in completion of the necessary academic courses and clinical hours needed to qualify for certification within six months from one of several specified approved agencies.
- Performed venipunctures, heel and finger sticks, and other specimen collections for clinical laboratory testing.
- Ensured that specimens were collected from the correct patients and communicated with them during the process.
- Provided accurate patient identification, specimen labeling, preservation, transportation, and pre-test processing.
- Wrote the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Phlebotomy Technician Certification (CPT) exam and became certified.
SSM Health, WI
Worked in an entry-level job that involved admin work and a few phlebotomies. Also assisted the laboratory staff in their daily operations collecting, labeling, processing, and preserving blood, urine, and other specimens.
- Assisted customers in answering phones and responding to queries.
- Cleaned and maintained laboratory supplies and work areas.
- Identified patients using two identifiers.
- Performed about 40 phlebotomies.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, it is common for phlebotomists to do a course in phlebotomy at a community college or technical school before entering the occupation.
But many phlebotomists enter the field straight out of high school, with a basic diploma, and are trained on the job.
We sampled dozens of job postings and found that more companies are willing to take on people without experience than the other way around. However, there is a fairly large percentage who call for applicants with professional certification, which needs both classroom education and some clinical experience.
In the UK the situation is similar, and, according to the Government’s National Careers Service, even though there are no set entry requirements to become a phlebotomist, it is helpful to get a college diploma or certificate in Healthcare Support Services, Health and Social Care, or Healthcare Support.
You could also do an apprenticeship in healthcare, perhaps as a support worker, and then apply for a trainee role in phlebotomy, and work your way up from there.
College of the Mainland, Texas
Phlebotomy Technician Certificate, 2018
Even though this is an entry-level job, employers commonly state in job postings that they prefer candidates to have some sort of phlebotomist certification.
Phlebotomy Technician accreditation is offered by at least five organizations in the U.S.
The National Phlebotomy Association (NPA) certifies programs and phlebotomists, and also offers continuing education and resources to help their members manage and maintain their Certified Phlebotomist Technologist (CBT) certification.
The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification offers U.S. and international accreditation, including the Phlebotomy Technician (PBT) certification.
American Medical Technologists (AMT) offer Phlebotomy Technician (RPT) accreditation for graduates of phlebotomy programs.
The National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) is an independent credentialing organization that has been providing qualifying paths for certification for more than three decades.
The NC Phlebotomy Technician (PT) program that leads to NCPT certification, is available to high school students and those with a high school or equivalent diploma who are studying in a PT program via an NCCT authorized school.
The National Healthcareer Association (NHA) offers Phlebotomy Technician Certification (or CPT).
Sometimes jobs call for basic life support certification. This is offered by the American Heart Association (AHA), which also offers CPR training leads to certification.
- Certified Phlebotomist Technologist (CPT) from the NPA
- NC Phlebotomy Technician from the NCCT
- Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) from the NHA
- Phlebotomy Technician certification (PBT) from the ASCP
- Phlebotomy Technician certification (RPT) from the AMT
Complete phlebotomy resume sample
We chose a job posting for a phlebotomist to show you how to tailor your resume for a specific job.
You will see that the job is also advertised as being a laboratory assistant’s position, which means that the tasks included in the job certainly don’t only involve drawing blood. But then most phlebotomy jobs involve a fair bit of admin input.
While the job is open to school leavers, the company would rather choose from applicants who have up to three years of experience.
You will see that the duties required range from venipuncture and capillary puncture (the polite terms for drawing blood) of patients of all ages to quite mundane admin tasks.
But this is a major medical center and would be a good opportunity for a phlebotomist with a few years of experience.
Confident phlebotomist with 4 years of experience and certifications ready to climb to the next level of success.
Compassionate & caring | Excellent communication | Responsible | Positive attitude | Mentor | Venepuncture & capillary picture | People person | Team player
Children’s Hospital Colorado, CO
Phlebotomist I, 2019 – 2020
Worked in Colorado’s top pediatric hospital collecting and handling patient blood samples for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease in support of clinical laboratory operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Procured blood from patients by venipuncture, fingerstick or heel stick to get blood samples for analysis following age-specific guidelines.
- Ensured patients were correctly identified via the hospital registration system, and that account numbers were current and correct tests were ordered.
- Checked requisitions for data entry errors and resolved questionable orders.
- Prepared specimens for distribution and analysis according to laboratory procedures.
- Performed laboratory functions in terms of guidelines established by regulatory agencies, including quality indicators.
Saint Joseph Hospital, CO
Phlebotomist, 2018 – 2019
Performed venipuncture, fingerstick, and heel stick phlebotomy and identified patients using two patient identifiers. Labeled specimen and specimen containers.
- Undertook admin tasks including filing lab reports, posting charges, and reconciling invoices. Investigated complex bills.
- Cleaned and maintained equipment including centrifuges and refrigerators. Recorded the daily temperatures of refrigerators in the phlebotomy areas.
- Assisted in the training of new associates and students and acted as a receptionist when required.
- Maintained a neat, work area..
BPL Plasma, CO
Entry-Level Phlebotomist, 2017 – 2018
Operated in the phlebotomy department doing backup jobs while I worked towards phlebotomy certification. Promoted within four months to performing phlebotomies and fulfilling other vital functions.
- Set up plasma collection equipment and created a positive donor experience to encourage return donations.
- Ensured donor health and safety during the donation process.
- Performed phlebotomy on new and returning donors.
- Donor volumes increased by 15% during 2017 and by 22% in 2018.
- CBT (NPA)
Red Rocks Community College
Phlebotomist Certificate, 2016
Whether you are applying for your first entry-level job as a phlebotomist or you have been building your career for several years, you will benefit from a good resume.
- Employers generally prefer phlebotomists who have certifications, so don’t delay – if you haven’t got one yet get started. You can always state on your resume that your intention is to be certified by a particular time. Just be sure to follow through, even if the job isn’t awarded to you. You never know, they might come back to you in a few months!
- Don’t fret too much if you don’t have much – or any – work experience to show on your resume. This is an entry-level job and most employers will be understanding.
- Your resume is THE place to share experiences and accomplishments. You aren’t squeamish about blood, otherwise, you wouldn’t be in this field of work, so draw attention to your skills that show you aren’t. Perhaps mention a case when you helped a patient who fainted at the sight of blood! Just be sure to keep it real and factual.
Tips from Experts
“When you are looking for a job start with Indeed and LinkedIn but also go onto the healthcare systems websites. They are usually more current. There are a ton of them. Look for one in your area and you will find jobs. If you really want the job, give them a call and tell them who you are. It’s fine if they say you’ll have to wait for a recruiter to look at your application, but because you have called they might recognize your name and think, hey he really wants the job!“ – Eddie, Certified Phlebotomy Technician, Allied Health Mentors
“You need a strategy as a phlebotomist to get a job, even if you have no experience. When you have filled in your form in HR go and introduce yourself to the staff. Keep going back. Also, be sure to present a good persona. And give the business manager your contact information.“ – Dennis J. Ernst, Director, Center for Phlebotomy Education
“Writing a great Phlebotomist resume is an important step in your job search journey. When writing your resume, be sure to reference the job description and highlight any skills, awards, and certifications that match with the requirements. You may also want to include a headline or summary statement that clearly communicates your goals and qualifications.” – Indeed Career Guide
How ready are you for a new job application? If you haven’t started working on your resume, the answer should be that you aren’t ready at all!
We have given you lots of tips and hints that should help you tailor a resume to get you to the top of the pile of applicants, and a foot in the door so that you can talk to your potential employers and tell them just how good you know you will be at your job.