Quickly Get your Lab Technician Resume Noticed, with a Compelling Summary

The resume summary is a very rich section designed to quickly demonstrate you've got what it takes! Let's look at two examples of very compelling resume summaries for lab technicians.

1. Highlights of resume for DEF Labs

  • Experienced molecular biologist with over 10 years working in both clinical and research laboratories.
  • Ability to effectively manage, motivate and train teams to ensure compliance, efficiency, and improve turnaround time on patient samples.
  • 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.

2. Summary for GHI Life Sciences

  • Successful bench scientist with strong foundation in cell and molecular biology, including sterile techniques such as cell culture, DNA isolation, plasmid transformation and PCR specifically central to E. coli and yeast genetics.
  • Developed and implemented a maintenance schedule for instruments, computers and analytical balances, which significantly reduced incidents of unplanned maintenance.
  • Trained six new medical laboratory technicians and interns.
  • Participated in two Joint Commission inspections.

The goal of the summary is to: 1. show you qualify and 2. build a strong first impression. And you do that very, very quickly, in a few bullets. Unless you're too early in your career, make sure to mention how many years of experience you have. Also touch on the sectors or specialties you've worked in, possibly highlighting one specific area where you excel. But don't say you're the best at everything. If you sound like you're bragging, you'll lose credibility!

Make sure your lab tech resume summary is tailored!

Always remember the job ad when preparing your summary. Maybe you'll see certain keywords in there that need to be emphasized. There's no such thing as a good one-size-fits-all resume. It has to be customized. As I often repeat, accomplishments are the strongest elements of your resume, because they make you stand out among your peers. On your resume, you want as many accomplishments as possible. But in your summary, you have to choose a few that seem most relevant for the specific job you're applying for. Which means that your summary repeats your key accomplishments. It's a smart thing to be redundant with the most valuable info on your resume! A potential employer won't mind that you insist on leading teams or saving $25,000!

If you write a strong summary using these tips, potential employers are much more likely to give your resume a good read. And that's a necessary step to getting more interviews!

More tips for lab technicians

If you're looking for more advice specifically for laboratory technicians, check out 5 accomplishments for lab technicians. But if you feel like 5 isn't enough, get the Lab Technician Resume Hacking e-book!