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Improving your CV: Top tips for dietitian

Your CV is your shop window; it showcases your skills and achievements as a dietitian to a potential employer.

As you develop along the career path, it is the template upon which you build. And even if you feel you do not have anything significant to add – such as a job change or a new qualification – there are always ways you can refine it as a personal document.

What can a dietitian include on their CV to make it stand out

While there are various ways to present your CV, there are also basic rules to follow in terms of structure, language and the way you list education, positions held and your interests. Qualifications, experience, employment history, and personal details such as your home address, telephone number and email address are paramount.

For your training and employment history, start with your current position followed by previous positions in reverse chronological order with the position title, dates of employment, a summary of the duties, and listing key achievements in each role and relevant applications of skills learned. For a dietician this could include demonstrating knowledge of specific skills and protocols alongside familiarity with patient interaction.

With educational qualifications, include your degree, educational institutions, and course dates and also outline your professional accomplishments, such as awards or academic papers you have had published. This isn’t just important for dieticians, this can help you get that all important interview whether you’re in the market for Allied Health jobs, Nursing jobs, Doctors jobs or beyond!

Personal qualities and other skills

People often underplay the importance of hobbies, interests and personal qualities but they can set you apart and give employers an idea of what you can bring to the workplace in a broader sense. For example, sporting success could highlight you as a strong team player, whilst voluntary work is always viewed positively.

Include languages spoken and skills such as levels of computer literacy as well as professional memberships and professional development, courses and workshops attended. If you have gaps in your employment, list the reason, such as travel, maternity leave, study or family commitments.

Layout of your CV

Your CV should be 2-4 pages maximum. Design, language and layout should be clear, with plenty of white space so it is accessible and readable. Use subheadings and bullet points and be concise, but make sure you proof-read your CV carefully as any mistakes will be noticed.

Consider opening with a personal profile that will reflect who you are and what you are looking for and also be prepared to allow your CV to be a flexible document that you can adapt towards specific positions you apply for.

Questions you may face at an interview for a dietitian post

Once you have refined your CV, questions you may face at a job interview could be: How do you begin the treatment process with a patient, outline the steps you take? What was your most rewarding treatment experience and why? How would you handle a difficult patient with a serious health condition? Can you share an effective method you have used to counsel individuals on good nutrition and eating habits?

If you’re looking for your next dietitian role, why not view our latest jobs? Alternatively, if you are looking advice for how you can make the most of your CV, our trained consultants are always able to take your call.
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