I am a skilled phlebotomist. Good that you are. But can you prove it? It is easy to declare that you are skilled but if you cannot prove your skills, your claims are useless. Mention of skills on a resume need to be backed up by solid proof. But since you do not have the benefit of providing actual proof, you will have to use your words to make the employer believe you.
Words work wonders! Apart from the fact that this is a tongue twister, this rings true. If you have it in you to write compelling content, you have won more than half the resume writing battle. We call it a battle because one is constantly trying to win against the odds. The skills section is probably the most important section in a resume, since it provides employers with an overview of what you can do. Not meaning to downplay the importance of other sections on a resume, the skills section has the capacity to post a rosy picture of the candidate’s professional profile.
What have you written in the skills section of your resume? Have you managed to paint yourself as someone who can positively contribute to a company? No? Well, then you need to do so. And you can use the following list of skills for a phlebotomist position to help you:
• Track record of skillfully and precisely performing venipuncture and capillary punctures by ensuring accuracy and decreased double-puncture chances
• Skilled in obtaining blood specimens and maintaining specimen integrity by using preset aseptic techniques
• Committed to maintaining quality results by ensuring that appropriate phlebotomy procedures are followed
• Focused on maintaining a safe, secure and healthy work environments by following standardized phlebotomy procedures and by complying with legal regulations
• Adept at collecting therapeutic drug-monitoring assays by collaborating with nursing / medical professionals
• Excellent skills in documenting route of specimens and performing complex analysis and diagnostic procedures on acquired specimens
• Proficient in disposing of blood and other biohazardous fluids in a safe manner and in accordance to applicable laws and procedures
• Hands-on experience in providing patient education by explaining fluid or tissue collection procedures and ensuring that they understand the procedures being performed on them
• Demonstrated expertise in determining appropriate testing methods according to their specific diseases / conditions and in accordance to doctor’s orders
• Proven ability to prepare blood samples without contaminating them and ensuring that all the phlebotomy equipment and tools are maintained and cleaned / sterilized properly