Dietetic Career Spotlight on Laura Perrett MS, RD, Morrison Management
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on OCTOBER 15, 2013
Dietitians have many unique job opportunities such as being a recruiter for a national company like Morrison Management. Laura Perrett explains how she found her dream job outside of the clinical setting and helps other RDs find their dream job. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
Always enjoyed the science behind nutrition and helping people make appropriate changes that they could live with.
Your Job Title?
Company you are with now?
Morrison Management a division of the Compass Group
Describe a typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you?
Sourcing, interviewing, coaching and presenting potential candidates for open positions within the regions I support, making job offers, handling all new hire paperwork, creating job postings, advertising of job ads, managing Morrison’s scholarship program, offer guidance on resume writing and interview skills.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
I was working within the clinical setting and was approached about assisting with recruiting on a PRN basis which I agreed to do and realized once I got started that I had a passion for this line of work, so I was doing a duel role at the time, clinical plus recruiting. When Morrison purchased the former company I was working with I had to make a decision to go one way or another I choose the recruiting side of things at that time as I hadn’t done recruiting full time and I wanted to give it a chance.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
Compassion, friendliness which are all family traits. I’ve enhanced by listening skills and level of patience’s.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Be open minded about the job you select there is something to learn with every job, it might be something outside your comfort level at the time or not what you envisioned yourself doing but you may just find that niche that you didn’t count on finding.
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what
would it be?
Time off to give back more in my volunteer activities and play time with family.