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Getting the JobThe occupation of medical laboratory technologist is on the list of the 24 eligible occupations’ list for the Federal Skilled Worker Program. The job opportunities for this occupation are positive in Canada, however, the Canadian job market is very competitive, so be prepared and understand each of the steps needed to gain employment.  As well, finding a job in Canada may be very different than in your home country.

You must look for jobs in the region where you will settle. Therefore, take your time to research job requirements in that region and develop a plan for finding work.

There are many ways through which you can search for architect jobs.

  • Broaden your search and include alternative careers and sectors.
  • Seek out a mentor in the medical laboratory science sector – for example, a retired medical laboratory technologist – who would give you valuable insights and advice and probably introduce you to their professional network.
  • Join business related job-finding or networking clubs through immigrant-serving agencies.
  • Attend industry job fairs and regularly check the employment sections of your local newspapers.
  • Some colleges or associations may maintain a job bank or suggest a commercial job site.

Immigrant settlement agencies

Most settlement agencies and other immigrant-serving organizations offer help with finding job vacancies, updating your resume, writing cover letters, preparing for interviews and understanding what Canadian employers are looking for.

To find immigrant services in your area, click here.

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Resume writing

You will be eligible to practice your profession when you have finished the  Medical Laboratory Technologist certification requirements. When certified, you can apply for a medical technologist position at a hospital, laboratory, private clinic or, an independent diagnostic center.

Your chances of getting hired depends on an impressive resume that stands out from other applicants.

In making an impressive resume, you must emphasize your experiences in the areas specified by the employer particularly, so that they can have an edge over other applicants.

Tips for writing a Medical Technologist resume:

Objective

In your objective or goal statement, state what you want to attain in your chosen medical career and how the position you’re applying relates to your field of interest.

Qualifications Summary

Detail your positive traits and other accomplishments that prove you’re a suitable candidate for the position. Use 3 to 5 bullet-points to present your qualifications in a concise manner. Include your goals and how you can contribute to the success of the company or hospital.

Education

In this section, list all your academic performances and the relevant dates, names of colleges or universities you’ve attended, your major or specialization and finally the year you completed the course. Include all other training such as bridging programs you joined or on-the-job training.

Work Experience

List all of your employers, from the latest or most recent employers. It’s preferable to list only the last ten years of employment. To make your medical technologist resume more presentable and easy to read, list employer name first, then the position you held for that company or hospital, the dates of your employment, and highlight all your key duties and responsibilities for that position. Don’t hesitate to include other, non-related working experience.

Certifications

List your certifications and other documents that show your qualifications and expertise. An excellent example is a certified true copy of the results of your medical technology licensure examination in Canada. Other advanced medical technology training programs or bridging certificates are also credible sources.

Finally, carefully review, proofread and edit your resume.  With a well-written resume, you have an added advantage over other applicants.

Interview techniques

A job interview can be daunting, but you can prepare yourself and be ready to impress your potential interviewer by thinking about the questions they will likely ask you and how you would answer them.

Here are a few questions that you might hear during a medical laboratory technologist interview:

Characteristics

What characteristics do you think medical laboratory technologist should have? By this question your potential employer wants to ensure that you understand the basic requirements of the job and determine if you can fulfill them.

Team work

Lab work can be solitary but you may have situations where you’ll work in a team. Are you someone who can’t be interrupted when working or can you switch gears and be part of the team? With this question your potential employer wants to know if you have a cooperative attitude, regardless of the work style you prefer.

Education

By asking you what educational qualifications you hold, the employer wants to determine that you have the necessary skills to competently and safely carry out the job. If you will be working in a clinical lab you may be required in some provinces to be licensed by the provincial regulatory college..

Attention to detail

How do you ensure you pay attention to detail when working? Your interviewer is looking for demonstrated experience in your answer. So give an example of a previous situation that has highlighted the importance of attention to detail.  This helps your interviewer to understand your previous experiences.

Dealing with change

Few jobs are entirely static and some lab-tech jobs are results oriented and deadline driven. Your interviewer in this case clearly needs to know that you are adaptable. Can you comfortably and quickly jump from one project to the next? Prepare a few examples that show your adaptability.

Types of testing

Think about your previous job roles and study experiences. Mention the equipments you have used and what would you like to experience more of in the future.

Research the company to find out more about their work. Think about what other questions they might ask, work on your answers to these questions and don’t forget to always show how your skills match what they are looking for.

Informational interviews

An informational interview is a brief (20–30-minute) meeting that you schedule with a person who is currently working in your target field and geographic location to learn more about that particular sector.

You should not try to get a job during an informational interview but rather find out whether or not a particular position or industry might be a good fit for your interests and your personality. An informational interview with a contact from your network can be an excellent source of career information because, in addition to basic information about a particular type of industry (such as you might find on an organization’s website), it also offers you the benefit of a professional’s first-hand experiences and impressions.

Networking

Networking is an essential tool that may give you job leads, offer you advice and information about a particular firm or industry, and introduce you to others so that you can expand your network. As many job vacancies are not advertised, you must make connections with practicing physiotherapists and others in your field.

Good places to network are gatherings such as conferences, association luncheons, and industry get-togethers for the convenience in meeting people, building relationships, and sharing information.

LinkedIn is another important professional tool for networking. It is great for reconnecting with your ex-colleagues and employers, search by company or jobs, and get introductions and recommendations.

You can also join some related professional groups. But remember, that you have to allow time to cultivate and grow the ties you establish through networking. Nothing will happen overnight and you need to be patient.