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Ms. Jane Smith
Director, Human Resources
Dear Ms. Smith:
This is in reply to your online job posting for a phlebotomist at Health Callings. My qualifications parallel your stated requirements, and my attached resume provides details about my experience.
- Five years phlebotomy experience at [name of hospital].
- Experience collecting blood samples from patients of all ages, and recognized for my interpersonal skills with both pediatric and geriatric patients.
- Certified by American Medical Technologists, an approved phlebotomy certification organization in the state of California.
- Licensed in the state of California.
- Active member in the National Phlebotomy Association.
- Hold an unrestricted driver’s license.
My salary requirements are flexible, depending on the nature and hours of the position. I hope to further discuss how my experience can contribute to your lab needs.
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Under the general supervision of the Director of Laboratory Services and the direct supervision of a Senior Medical Technologist, the Phlebotomist is responsible for collecting blood samples using venipuncture or skin techniques and obtaining other specimens for ordered diagnostic studies. The position includes driving to and from outreach facilities to obtain specimens.
Qualifications: Must have in-house hospital experience and be successful with difficult sticks; high-school graduate; previous experience as phlebotomist preferred.