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  • 1.  hands on refresher training

    Posted 05-16-2024 15:04

    Hello, I have been out of practice for a long time. My licenses are up to date. But I can't get a job because I don't have recent experience.


    How can I do this I will work for free for a while if necessary.


    Maria Cristina Schillen



  • 2.  RE: hands on refresher training

    Posted 05-17-2024 02:50

    Hello Maria Cristina Schillen,


    Welcome back to the sweetest profession! I had a hot discussion among my USA friends about the "gap" and whether recruiters are hesitant to assign jobs in the USA due to this. In our country, if a professional has a gap of two years or more, they will be assigned to an unpaid professional task for six months that is supervised, and if the assessment is positive, they can then be offered a paid position.


    There is an indication that you "LOVE" the profession because of your interest in "Rejoining" and "Willing g to work for free". I hope you receive positive feedback soon.




    Giorgis Yeabyo (ASCP, HTL)

    G. Manager

  • 3.  RE: hands on refresher training

    Posted 05-17-2024 10:45
    I'm somewhat surprised to hear this; you would have to be trained and demonstrate competency for a job regardless of recent experience.  That being said, you might consider contacting a program director for an MLT or MLS program in your area and ask their advice.  It might mean re-enrolling in at least the clinical part of the program if that is possible. Good luck!

    Mary M Mayo, PhD, DABCC, BCLD, MLS(ASCP)

  • 4.  RE: hands on refresher training

    Posted 05-17-2024 12:51

    Biohive, a nonprofit organization here in Utah has been setting up "returnships" with companies for people who have been out of the workforce for a while and need some current experience on their resumes. Is an internship or possibly a returnship available in your area?

    Evelyn Gerber

  • 5.  RE: hands on refresher training

    Posted 05-22-2024 11:22

    Hello Maria,

    I would look for smaller private owned labs if possible rather than large hospitals. After applying follow up with an email or a phone call to the company. Let the hiring manager know that you have up to date certifications/licenses and are looking to get back into the lab, that you are flexible and excited to learn new protocols. Personally, I would rather hire someone who has a bit of a break in their experience over someone who has spent 15 years at the same location as they tend to come into the lab with bad habits that are difficult to train out or they come in and try to change the protocols to what they used to do rather than adhere to the protocols that are in place. 

    I wish you luck in your job search!

    Ariel Liberda-Silva Supervisor/Lead Med Lab Scientist/MedTechnologist
    Lake Oswego OR