Resume tips from the front lines of Dietitians on Demand

By Heidi Pierson, Recruiter

If you read the post below, you know about a month ago I was in your shoes, searching for work. I spent weeks updating and tailoring my resume to match any job in which I was interested. It was quite a process, but I must have done something right because here I am, one month deep into the world of recruiting at Dietitians On Demand.

Before working as a recruiter here, I was an Admissions Counselor for a health sciences college in Iowa. I recruited students and introduced them to careers in health care. I have a degree in journalism and also worked as a freelance reporter the Des Moines Register. So writing and recruiting are in my blood, and what better place to combine them than on the Dietitians On Demand blog?

At a staffing agency dedicated to registered dietitians, our eyes scan a lot of resumes for similar positions. After a month here I’ve already picked up some insider information about how to make your resume stand out, and I want to share it.

The Words

Take a few minutes to dig into a posting’s job description, and tailor your resume to it. Highlight the skills from your most recent positions that match up with the prospective position. Remove skills or sections of your resume that aren’t relevant to the job. This will allow the necessary skills to shine.

Look for impact words in the job description and use those words (or similar ones) in your own resume if you have that experience. Built, directed, assessed and solved are all great action words. And be specific about how you used those skills. What did you build? How many did you direct?

Include job description details from only your most recent and applicable positions. Leave out details from positions that ended more than 10 years ago. If you haven’t practiced a skill in 10 years, chances are it shouldn’t be included on your resume.

The Look

Consistency and chronology are key. Start your resume with your most recent/present position at the top. List the company, job title and dates you worked in the same order and format for each position. It doesn’t matter if you use 8/1/2014 or August 1, 2014, just be consistent.

Font choice should be considered early. You want your resume to be memorable, but not for something negative. Stick with traditional fonts but use bold, italic and even shades of grey in the same font family to break up sections.

It’s an industry standard to keep your resume to one page and font can help reach this goal. Size 10-point font in Garamond takes up much less space than 10-point Arial. If you must use two pages it’s not a deal breaker, but don’t go beyond two.

The Format

Your resume should come to the recruiters in an easy-open format. If you don’t apply through our website and instead email your resume as an attachment, Word documents and PDFs are best. They automatically upload into our data system, which puts your information at our fingertips in seconds.

When you email a resume, consider the document name, email address, email subject and email body. These will be seen before we even open the resume. Make sure to entice a recruiter, not confuse them.

Remember, your resume represents your skills and credibility. Look at everything you’re sending as a whole package and make sure to represent yourself well.

At Dietitians On Demand, we’re proud of our name because it describes who we are and what we do. We are an organization entirely focused on providing Registered Dietitians to perform contract labor for clients who are in need of their services. Whether it’s covering for a maternity leave at an acute care hospital, a PRN backup role at a LTC facility, or providing any other type of nutrition service, if you have the demand for a dietitian, chances are we have one for you. We are Dietitians On Demand, we’re proud of our name, proud of the brand we are developing, and we’re going to keep it that way.

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