If you google “lab technician resume template”, you’ll find a lot of resume models filled with roles and responsibilities such as:
- Completed identification of bacteria, parasites, fungi and viruses.
- Investigated atypical results and discrepancies to determine causation.
- Obtained blood samples for medical testing and transfusion through venipuncture and capillary puncture.
- Prepared chemical solutions, reagents and specimens for microscopic examination.
- Performed quality control and calibration on many analyzers: Architect, Coulter LH 750, Beckman Coulter and UF-1000i.
- Microbiological analysis of drinking water for coliforms, entero, and HPC.
That seems about right, no? But there’s a problem. A huge problem, actually. Think of the lab technicians (or even medical technologists) that you know. How many of them have done similar things? Probably most of them. Because that’s pretty much what being a lab tech is all about. There are differences here and there, but roles and responsibilities will often overlap. So if your resume is very close to a typical “lab technician resume template”, how is that helping you get interviews? After all, the best resumes are distinctive. They make you stand out, not blend in! So here’s a little something to help you make your resume stand out. It’s based on the 3 Laws of Resume Writing. And it’s not material that I made up. I found it by carefully studying good lab tech resumes.
5 Lab Technician Accomplishments to Make your Resume Distinctive
- Developed and implemented a maintenance schedule for instruments, computers and analytical balances, which significantly reduced incidents of unplanned maintenance.
- Ensured test-result validity before recording/reporting results, earning a reputation for meticulous attention to detail.
- Expertly performed preventive maintenance and troubleshooted $600,000 in laboratory assets (Sysmex 1000, MLA Stago, Abbott C4100C, and refrigerators), saving $25,000 in contract repair fees.
- Responsible for keeping the laboratory up to the code of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care.
- Coordinated staff training on proper medical waste disposal.
The benefit is the key component of each accomplishment: improved operations, more money, demonstrated leadership and reliability, … Accomplishments like these are the most critical pieces of your resume. Now read that last sentence again, because that’s the best resume advice you’ll get this month. If you’re a fantastic employee but your resume is silent on many of your accomplishments, you’ll end up behind a good employee whose accomplishments are all clearly laid out. And for that matter, an average employee with weak accomplishments better know how to network, since the resume alone won’t pull its weight. (Actually, networking skills are critical to everyone’s job hunt. But let’s stick with the topic, if you don’t mind.) Accomplishments are where it’s at.
When you solve a problem, reduce costs, make something better/simpler/faster, when you show initiative, it has to be on your resume, without being drowned out by too many roles and responsibilities (i.e. the “we’ve-all-done-it” resume template material). In my view, half of the energy and time spent on your resume should be focused on your accomplishments. To write good accomplishments, you need to think of what your potential employer is thinking about (problems solved, better results, and so on) and emphasize that. If you go through 20 resumes of your peers, you’ll certainly find great accomplishments that you could adapt on your resume. I truly believe that is time well spent.
Many More Accomplishments, Just for You
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