Job Hunting Tips for Phlebotomists
Now that you’ve finished your phlebotomy program and have obtained your certification, it’s time to set your sights towards your ultimate goal – gainful employment. Here are some tips to help you transition from student to working professional.
Brush Up Your Resume
Start by brushing up your resume. Depending on the extent of your training program, you may or may not already have one started. Regardless, make sure your new version includes your program graduation date, information about any phlebotomy internships you had to complete, the date you took your certification exam, and the organization through which you were certified.
Talk to Your School Job Counselor
Most professional training schools have job counselors on hand to help you when it is time to start searching for work. Many have leads that lead to quick job placement. While they may have leads, those are just that – leads. They can’t promise you a job after graduation, nor should you expect them to. Make sure you treat any leads you do get with utmost respect, as you will be a direct reflection of the type of professional your school produces. If you are rude and disrespectful, you’ll not only lose a job opportunity but the help of your school’s job office as well.
Talk to Those in the Field
By now you’ve probably met quite a number of people who are already working in the field of phlebotomy. Think about where you may have met them. There are people in the doctor’s offices you already frequent for your own healthcare. There are also people you’ve met during professional clinics and internships. Reach out to some of these people to find out if they know of any job opportunities you should be watching out for. Don’t be afraid to ask the people you’ve worked with previously if they’re give you a recommendation, either.
Hospitals, Clinics, and Labs
The fact that no one has any direct referrals to give you should not slow you down. There are plenty of hospitals, clinics, doctors offices, and labs in your area and someone may be hiring. Start by calling each one to find out about their application process. Ask if you should fax or drop off a resume or if you can stop by to fill out an application. Make sure you get your resume in front of the correct hiring person – not just the first person you see when you walk through the door. Follow up every month or two to find out if there are any openings (if you don’t have a job) as well. Your persistence and the fact that the group already has your resume will certainly help.
Newspapers, the Internet, and Staffing Agencies
If all else fails, start scouring the newspapers and the internet for available job opportunities. Post your resume on a few job boards and set up appointments with a couple of staffing agencies as well. Job agencies have access to information about jobs that the actual public might not necessarily ever hear about.
The healthcare field is growing and with it the field of phlebotomy. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t find a job the second you finish your program. They’re definitely out there. You just have to find the right one.