How to write a resume for a job as a dietitian

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How to write a resume for a job as a dietitian
Dietitians help people choose healthy food options. (vegetables image by cherie from

A dietitian has advanced training in the science of nutrition. Dietitians can work for a variety of companies and institutions, including hospitals, nursing homes, schools and commercial companies. Some job responsibilities of a dietitian might include supervising food preparation, planning a menu, diet therapy, counselling and educating people on healthy food options. Dietitians may also conduct nutrition research and are considered experts in the science of nutrition. All relevant education and employment should be included on a dietitian's resume.

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    Tailor your resume to fit the specific type of dietitian job you're applying for. As a clinical or management dietitian, you'll most likely be working in a hospital or nursing home, planning the menu and making sure food is properly prepared. As a community dietitian, you'll most likely be working with at-risk populations, including senior citizens, diabetics and pregnant women. Research dietitians usually work for commercial food companies and conduct nutrition research. Consulting dietitians typically work in the private sector. As a consulting dietitian, you might test food products, test equipment, counsel patients on proper nutrition, plan menus or develop recipes. Include relevant work in your specific field on your resume.

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    Create an "Objective" that highlights your strengths and addresses the specific field you work in. Tell the prospective employer the strengths that you will bring to the position and why you would be a valuable member of the team. For example, explain that you will use your experience as a nutrition researcher to counsel pregnant women on the best food options for their health and the health of their unborn babies. The Objective should clearly state what type of job you're applying for, what field you've had experience in, and why the employer should hire you over someone else.

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    Use a combination-style resume format. A combination-style resume includes aspects of a functional and chronological resume. Start with the functional aspect by including a "Qualifications Summary." Then list your "Work Experience" and "Education" in chronological order.

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    Include details about your experience in the "Qualifications Summary." Use keywords from the job description and company website. Often, prospective employers will skim resumes looking for these keywords. Use action verbs in your summary, and be as descriptive as possible. For example, if you're applying for a position as a research dietitian, use action words such as studied, organised, planned and analysed. After each word, explain what you were studying, organising, planning, and analysing and when applicable, what the final results were.

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    List your education and work experience in chronological order. If your education is more impressive, then it should be listed first or vice versa. If you've received certifications or additional job training, list these with your education, and title the section "Education and Training." Under each position you've held in the "Work Experience" section, list your job responsibilities. These should be as relevant to the position you're applying for as possible. For example, if you're applying for a position as a counselling dietitian, list all experience you've had working directly with patients, residents and at-risk members of the community. This type of experience should be highlighted, while your work testing food equipment for a commercial food company, for example, should be downplayed.

Tips and warnings

  • If you've completed any relevant volunteer work, or if you belong to any professional organisations, these can be listed in separate sections at the bottom of your resume.

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