As a staffing agency dedicated to registered dietitians, our recruiter’s eyes scan a lot of resumes for very a variety of registered dietitian positions. It doesn’t take long to find what we’re looking for and determine if a candidate is good fit. Keep these things in mind when updating or sharing a resume with a potential employer.
- 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?
- Leave out details from positions that ended more than 10 years ago.
- 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 2/1/2018 or February 1, 2018, 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.
- 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.
Dietitians On Demand is a nationwide staffing and recruiting company for registered dietitians, specializing in short-term, temporary and permanent-hire positions in acute care, long term care and food service positions. Check out our job openings, or request your coverage today!