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Ivonne in Reston, VA

98 months ago

I would like to know how to get a job right out of school when everyone expects you to have 6 months yo 2 yrs experience. DON'T YOU HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE!!!
HELLO!!!!!!!

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sarah in Longmont, CO

97 months ago

Ivonne said: I would like to know how to get a job right out of school when everyone expects you to have 6 months yo 2 yrs experience. DON'T YOU HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE!!!
HELLO!!!!!!!

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sarah in Longmont, CO

97 months ago

is anyone there

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Frankk in Herndon, VA

97 months ago

sarah said: is anyone there

I did a search on indeed with the keywords of phlebotomist and 'entry level' and there were not many results - only 29 nationwide.

Maybe you can review some of those jobs to see which types of companies hire entry level and target those?

Are there phlebotomist internships?

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Christian in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

97 months ago

Go to labcorp as long as you tell them you have over 250 sucessfull draws you'll get hired.

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mimi in Washington, DC

97 months ago

Ivonne said: I would like to know how to get a job right out of school when everyone expects you to have 6 months yo 2 yrs experience. DON'T YOU HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE!!!
HELLO!!!!!!!
you should try as a volenteer if it helps.

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norah from R.I. in Cambridge, MA

96 months ago

I ALSO AM UNABLE TO FIND A PHLEBOTOMIST JOB.GOOD LUCK

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JC in Bourneville, Ohio

95 months ago

Well first of all, I had a job as a phlebo. It was hard to come by. Matter of fact it took me a year to come by this one. Then being fresh out of school and only holding my position for 7 months, I feel like I lost the most important thing in my life. I know what youo are saying about the exp. part. Noone wants you unless you have the exp. I got 7 months but now what.

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Shavon in Newllano, Louisiana

95 months ago

Thank you for saying that I know how you feel. I have been looking for a job since June. Just give me a chance that is how I feel.

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Emma (Host) in Stamford, Connecticut

95 months ago

Tarra in Wylie, Texas said: I found a phlebo job pretty quick out of school in San Antonio but having a hard time finding one in Dallas area since I relocated.[/QUOTE

Here is a search I did for Phlebotomist in Dallas, TX. You can increase the commuting distance in the Advanced Search option. I increased the radius to 50 miles around Dallas which seems to provide a greater amount of job listings:
www.indeed.com/jobs?q=Phlebotomist&l=Dallas%2C+TX&radius=50

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Emma (Host) in Stamford, Connecticut

95 months ago

Gloria in Augusta, Georgia said: Hi I worked at Staten Island Hospital in New York for a year and 4 months. I moved to Augusta Georgia in Feb and I have not yet found a job here. I have tried everything, I went to the Human Resources Department at the places I tried to apply for and I was told to apply online and submit my resume. I have done so, and still I have no job. So now I currently working a job that does not pay much. I'm still trying to apply for a phlebotomy position and I'm thinking of going back to school to enhance my career and maybe work in blood bank or a laboratory technician. Sometimes you have to crawl before you walk. Good luck everyone and hang in there

Maybe try increasing your keywords for a wider range of job listings. For example, include both Phlebotomist and Phlebotomy. Here's a search I did for both these keywords, and I also increased the distance to 50 miles:
www.indeed.com/jobs?q=Phlebotomist%2C+phlebotomy&l=Augusta%2C+GA&radius=50

You should also try doing some networking. If you click on the "more actions" link located on the bottom line of each job listing you'll see direct links to social networking sites LinkedIn and Ryze. Try meeting with some people in the industry to get some advice.

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Emma (Host) in Stamford, Connecticut

94 months ago

Here's a job search that might help you out. I searched for listings containing keywords Phlebotomist and Hospital in the Houston, TX area:
www.indeed.com/jobs?as_and=Phlebotomist+hospital&as_phr=&as_any=&as_not=&as_ttl=&as_cmp=&jt=all&st=&radius=25&l=Houston%2C+TX&fromage=any&limit=10&sort=

You may also want to play around with the Indeed Salary Search tool (www.indeed.com/salary). Here is a search I did for you:
www.indeed.com/salary?q1=phlebotomist&l1=Houston%2C+TX&tm=1

The very top number is an average of all job titles containing the keyword Phlebotomist. Below that are some more specific job titles with their estimated averages.

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Stasia in Bremerton, Washington

94 months ago

Ivonne said: I would like to know how to get a job right out of school when everyone expects you to have 6 months yo 2 yrs experience. DON'T YOU HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE!!!
HELLO!!!!!!!
Unfortunately you just have to wait until someone gives you a chance. I have been a phlebotomist for 10 years, but I remember my first job. I looked for a job probably for 6 months after I completed school. One day I called Unilab Corp. now Quest Diagnostics and even asked the supervisor that same question. He did give me an interview after that and then hired me. So don't give up!!! Good Luck...

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Bubba in Los Angeles, California

94 months ago

I would not like the idea of a complete rookie with a needle poking me.

There's probably an insurance liability reason as well.

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Terri in Elyria, Ohio

93 months ago

Bubba said:
I would not like the idea of a complete rookie with a needle poking me.
There's probably an insurance liability reason as well.

We are not rookies though. We have clinical experience when we go to school. I drew over 800 patients before my clinicals were over and 200 before my first week was over. The hospital I did my clinicals at, you wear a student name badge and the patients don't even notice your a student and when they do notice they usually say that the experience was the same as with someone who has been drawing them for years.

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erica in San Marcos, California

93 months ago

yea i to would like to know how to land a phelebotomy job. i am licnesed and certifited. but everyone says sorry you need 6 months to 2 years expernice. but isn't your externship spposed to count as expernice? i want nothing more then to be working as a phelebotomist thats why i went to school. but if no one will hire me to give me the chance to get a start on my phelebotomy career. someone please tell me how i'm sposed to get that expernice. to land that job.

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Margaret Fong in Novato, California

93 months ago

I was in the same situation as you in which no one would give me work. I register for numerous staffing agencies in which they would only send me on filing. No one would give me a break. So, finally my big break came when something long term came in. I am still looking since now I have work experience. Keep looking

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erica in San Marcos, California

93 months ago

Ivonne said: I would like to know how to get a job right out of school when everyone expects you to have 6 months yo 2 yrs experience. DON'T YOU HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE!!!
HELLO!!!!!!!
i know what you mean i've benn out of school awhile and still looking i even went back to school a second time to learn something elese. but my adivce is keep your head up and keep trying something will come along. just think of it this way for every interview someone turns you down, there just missing out on the best employee they could of had

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Stasia in Bremerton, Washington

93 months ago

Maybe if you ask one of the Human Resources people "What am I supposed to do if no one will hire me" and see what they say. They might give you a chance. That is how I started 10 years ago.....

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erica in oceanside ,ca

93 months ago

thank you very much for your adivce i am going to do that and see what happens.

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erica

93 months ago

thank you i think i will give that a try and see what happens

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erica

93 months ago

Stasia said: Maybe if you ask one of the Human Resources people "What am I supposed to do if no one will hire me" and see what they say. They might give you a chance. That is how I started 10 years ago.....
thank you for the adivce

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Charles E Davis in Burlington, North Carolina

92 months ago

Ivonne said: I would like to know how to get a job right out of school when everyone expects you to have 6 months yo 2 yrs experience. DON'T YOU HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE!!!
HELLO!!!!!!!
I understand what you are saing becouse I have it hard finding a job in the houston areacuz i just compleated my phlebotomy can someone help me

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Stasia in Tracyton, Washington

92 months ago

Charles E Davis said: I understand what you are saing becouse I have it hard finding a job in the houston areacuz i just compleated my phlebotomy can someone help me

Charles
Unfortunately you just have to wait until someone gives you a chance. I have been a phlebotomist for 10 years, but I remember my first job. I looked for a job probably for 6 months after I completed school. One day I called Unilab Corp. now Quest Diagnostics and even asked the supervisor that same question. I called him almost everyday. He did give me an interview after that and then hired me. So don't give up!!! Good Luck...

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MICHELLE in Fort Worth, Texas

92 months ago

Tarra in Wylie, Texas said: I found a phlebo job pretty quick out of school in San Antonio but having a hard time finding one in Dallas area since I relocated.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR MOBILIE PHLEBS IN DALLAS AREA

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erica

92 months ago

thanks for the adivce charles i will keep my head up and keep looking

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jackie in Fort Jennings, Ohio

92 months ago

I agree with Charles. I dont like the fact that you have to wait for the chance, but its true. Sometimes you have to go back again and again, call and call, and just bug them till they are tired of seeing you and hearing from you. My husband says make them hate you to a sense of hiring you.

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jackie in Fort Jennings, Ohio

92 months ago

reply to bubba, all of us start off as a rookie and so did you. I think we should remember that we have your first poke in class and our first poke on the job. I dont know about you, but both were very nerve racking.

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Charles Davis in Burlington, North Carolina

92 months ago

I dont think so when I went for the first poke it was like a high for me I think it made me flot to the silling with out even floting it a quick rush for me an by the way do you know where a new Phlebotomist can get ther start out can you help me please thanx

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Jackie in Athens, Ohio

92 months ago

I had a hard time finding a job. I am in college now trying to get my associates in Med. Asst.

I know that some places that hire temps will sometimes work with you. We have a place called Wise Medical, they fill in medical positions when someone is sick or on vacations, and have shot clinics. I have tried for a job there a few times, but everytime I think it is going to work out something happens to keeps me from being able to. Like car breaks down or something else.

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Angie

91 months ago

Bubba said:
I would not like the idea of a complete rookie with a needle poking me.
There's probably an insurance liability reason as well.
well u know at what every job u have u had to start at the bottom so we are no different . I started my clinicals and never missed a stick and where i did my clinicals i had over 1200 sticks in 3 weeks and we also wore student tags and ask the patient before we stuck them and almost everyone was fine with it we have to start somewhere i now have 9mths experience but they do want 1 to 2 years expewrience so what do u do??????????????

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Camille in Tucker, Georgia

91 months ago

I have had a hard time getting started myself here in ATL. I took the National Exam yesterday and obtained my certification. These credentials pay more and my school informed me before we graduated last June that people are not hiring much unless you have a national certification. So i'm starting over. I am determined. Im targeting nursing homes, clinics, hospitals, staffing agencies, private labs, all of the above. Not giving up. A few of my schoolmates got jobs fresh out of school because the went on to get their Natl. Cert. with a staffing agency. I've had to learn the hard way these nine months later. Be encouraged guys.

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Mike

91 months ago

HAVE NONE OF YOU EVER DONATED BLOOD???
TRY THE RED CROSS (BLOOD SERVICES) IN YOUR AREA, THEY ARE ALMOST ALWAYS IN NEED OF PHLEBOTOMIST!!!
THEIR PAY IS GREAT, HOURS ARE ALWAYS THERE, AND BENIFITS OUT THE WAZOO!!
GOOD LUCK, WITH YOUR BLOOD SUCKING SEARCH!

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devesh in Scarborough, Ontario

91 months ago

i am working in cml laboratory in canada can i work in usa

can i find a job in us

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devesh in Scarborough, Ontario

91 months ago

Mike said: HAVE NONE OF YOU EVER DONATED BLOOD???
TRY THE RED CROSS (BLOOD SERVICES) IN YOUR AREA, THEY ARE ALMOST ALWAYS IN NEED OF PHLEBOTOMIST!!!
THEIR PAY IS GREAT, HOURS ARE ALWAYS THERE, AND BENIFITS OUT THE WAZOO!!
GOOD LUCK, WITH YOUR BLOOD SUCKING SEARCH!

thanks
can u help me find a jonb in us
i live in canada

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Merrie in Wilmington, Delaware

91 months ago

This was so depressing. I've had my phlebotomy certification for almost 2 years now but have not been able to find work as a phlebotomist for the same reason. I gave up looking and wonder what it is I need to get my foot in the door.

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erica

91 months ago

I totaly understand you it really does get depressing. But even know it does get really depressing you can't give up you have to keep on trying.Just think of it this way for every day that goes by that you have tryed for a job that just makes you one day closer to finding that job that is out there. if you give up you might miss that chance. KEEP YOUR HEAD UP AND KEEP TRYING

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erica

91 months ago

Merrie said: This was so depressing. I've had my phlebotomy certification for almost 2 years now but have not been able to find work as a phlebotomist for the same reason. I gave up looking and wonder what it is I need to get my foot in the door.
don't give up you have to keep on trying

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LC in Washington, Illinois

90 months ago

Mike said: HAVE NONE OF YOU EVER DONATED BLOOD???
TRY THE RED CROSS (BLOOD SERVICES) IN YOUR AREA, THEY ARE ALMOST ALWAYS IN NEED OF PHLEBOTOMIST!!!
THEIR PAY IS GREAT, HOURS ARE ALWAYS THERE, AND BENIFITS OUT THE WAZOO!!
GOOD LUCK, WITH YOUR BLOOD SUCKING SEARCH!

I would love to work for the Red Cross out of Cleveland but they require traveling to NINETEEN COUNTIES in Ohio which isn't something the average person wants to do. Yeah,maybe if I was younger with no kids but it just seems like a LOT of driving (in your own car and not their mobile trailer) and very long hours.
I would suggest trying any other blood bank in your region.

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Amber in Catonsville, Maryland

90 months ago

I live in the Baltimore county area. I would like to work as a phelbotomist, but I have no working experience. How cakn I get work right away that pays.

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Amber in Catonsville, Maryland

90 months ago

Ivonne in Reston, VA said: I would like to know how to get a job right out of school when everyone expects you to have 6 months yo 2 yrs experience. DON'T YOU HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE!!!
HELLO!!!!!!!

Are you working yet? And how long did it take you to get a job?

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LC in Dayton, Ohio

90 months ago

Guide

A lot of highly trained,certified people are applying and applying and getting nowhere while others can waltz right into a position,sometimes with very little or poor training. Until that is changed,until everyone who DRAWS BLOOD has to prove that they have a lengthy amount of phlebotomy and clinical lab science education and are registered,then this will continue. I was told that lot of hospitals have to advertise that a position is available and you will see that ad for weeks or months. What they are doing is gathering up a lot of applications so they can pick and choose,but then they end up hiring in a recent student that did their clinicals there. A teacher of mine admitted that hospitals LIKE to hire those type in because they are familiar with them and the former student already knows what to expect,and doesn't need to be shown much more. But these same ex-students have the EXACT amount of experience as you,if you did a clinical. How these HR people can excuse that is beyond me,and it should be brought to their attention. Unless these places NEVER hire in a recent ex- student that did their externship there,then they do not have the right to be telling anyone else who ALSO did several weeks of in and out patient clinicals- "You don't have enough experience".
There are other avenues to try first,like applying at your local blood banks (they will hire totally untrained people sometimes),seeing if any paramedical examiner companies have any work in your area,weight loss centers that have blood draws as part of their membership,health clinic companies like "Interfit"-and keeping in contact with your classmates,even if you couldn't stand some of them. They may hear of something that you don't since some of them are looking also.
Phlebotomy programs need to start having a job placement specialist to be helping out. A good word from these people,especially if they get around and know a lot of the hiring big shots,can go a long way.

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Doris Rone in Houston, Texas

90 months ago

Christian in Rancho Cucamonga, CA said: Go to labcorp as long as you tell them you have over 250 sucessfull draws you'll get hired.

avery hard worker,will be on time!

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gloria in Augusta, Georgia

90 months ago

You can start by going to the place where you took your clinical. I started my clinical in a hospital and they hired me and I've worked for a year and a half and that is still not enough experience for them out here in Georgia so my next move is going back to school because I have no other choice.

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gloria in Augusta, Georgia

90 months ago

Ivonne in Reston, VA said: I would like to know how to get a job right out of school when everyone expects you to have 6 months yo 2 yrs experience. DON'T YOU HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE!!!
HELLO!!!!!!!

I'm going back to school to advance my career as a lab tech.

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Nancy Guerrier in Brooklyn, New York

90 months ago

Ivonne in Reston, VA said: I would like to know how to get a job right out of school when everyone expects you to have 6 months yo 2 yrs experience. DON'T YOU HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE!!!
HELLO!!!!!!!

Yes, i need to start somewhere for me to have job experience in phlebotomy.

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gloria in Augusta, Georgia

90 months ago

try to get hired at where u have done your clinical

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gloria in Augusta, Georgia

90 months ago

sarah in Longmont, CO said: is anyone there

try www.indeed.com

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EB, Lancaster, CA in Palmdale, California

90 months ago

I finish my Phlebotomy school in Nov.2006, I got my NCCT certificate in Dec.2006 and CA Certificate in Jan.2007.
Since then I applied everywhere I found an open position and nobody want to hire me. I'm very disappointed, and I realise that many people are in my situation. I tried also to work for Red Cross in my area (as volunteer, as long I get less 1/2 year experience) and they said that they accept just RN's. I think all those school should tell us from the begining about all the convenience before start the school.

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gloria in Augusta, Georgia

90 months ago

Dont give up...Keep looking in the newspaper classified ads, go to Human Resources at the hospitals, clinics. That is what I'm doing...Drop off your resumes to these places and visit periodically and be very polite...and they will recognize your face and kindness and hope they will hold on to your resume when they're in need of phlebotomists.

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