5 Accomplishments to Make Your Nutritionist Resume Stand Out

If you google “nutritionist resume template”, you’ll find a lot of resume models filled with roles and responsibilities such as:

  • Analyzed menus and recipes for nutritional adequacy.
  • Maintain accurate records to be able to measure changes in patients’ nutritional status.
  • Developed nutrition education materials, handouts, and bulletin boards for target population.
  • Recruited patients for the Hispanic Diabetes Study.
  • Provided a continuing liaison with medical and nursing staffs regarding dietary services, procedures and recommendations.

That seems about right, no? But there’s a problem. A huge problem, actually. Think of the nutritionists or dietitians that you know. How many of them have done similar things? Probably most of them. Because that’s pretty much what being a nutritionist is all about. There are differences here and there, but roles and responsibilities will often overlap. So if your resume is very close to a typical “dietitian resume template”, how is that helping you get interviews? After all, the best resumes are distinctive. They make you stand out, not blend in! So here’s a little something to help you make your resume stand out. It’s based on the 3 Laws of Resume Writing. And it’s not material that I made up. I found it by carefully studying good nutritionist resumes.

5 Nutritionist Accomplishments to Make your Resume Distinctive

  1. Coordinated weekend and holiday schedules for clinical nutrition services for 30 dietetic interns.
  2. On a very tight budget, created menus offering healthy food choices to serve homeless women of [city].
  3. Kept services abreast of modern trends and developments by studying relevant publications and participating in lectures and grand rounds.
  4. Established a Weight Committee to include multidisciplinary involvement, resulting in weight loss statistics better than statewide averages.
  5. Grocery store tour at end of six-week course brought great comments from participants who often said it “opened their eyes.”

The benefit is the key component of each accomplishment: improved operations, more money, demonstrated leadership and reliability, … Accomplishments like these are the most critical pieces of your resume. Now read that last sentence again, because that’s the best resume advice you’ll get this month. If you’re a fantastic employee but your resume is silent on many of your accomplishments, you’ll end up behind a good employee whose accomplishments are all clearly laid out. And for that matter, an average employee with weak accomplishments better know how to network, since the resume alone won’t pull its weight. (Actually, networking skills are critical to everyone’s job hunt. But let’s stick with the topic, if you don’t mind.) Accomplishments are where it’s at. When you solve a problem, reduce costs, make something better/simpler/faster, when you show initiative, it has to be on your resume, without being drowned out by too many roles and responsibilities (i.e. the “we’ve-all-done-it” resume template material). In my view, half of the energy and time spent on your resume should be focused on your accomplishments. To write good accomplishments, you need to think of what your potential employer is thinking about (problems solved, better results, and so on) and emphasize that. If you go through 20 resumes of your peers, you’ll certainly find great accomplishments that you could adapt on your resume. I truly believe that is time well spent.

Many More Accomplishments, Just for You

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