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Best Job Application Tips From The Nutrition Pros

Sarah Koszyk

Best Job Application Tips From The Nutrition Pros


Applying for a job can be daunting and overwhelming. Luckily, NutritionJobs has so many resources for you. We reached out to fellow nutrition professionals to get their best job application tips from the pros. Follow these tips to get successfully noticed by your employer of choice. – Sarah


Offer to volunteer at an ideal job site. It can lead to incredible paying opportunities. You can get great experience with the job responsibilities as well as with the dietitians you are working with at no risk to the business. Plus, they are usually willing to write a letter of recommendation if ever needed.
Sonya Angelone, MS, RDN, CLT


In your cover letter, let your enthusiasm shine. This doesn’t mean using overly flowery language. Instead, show that you are eager to help people with specific examples of your experience. You want the hiring manager to see that you have a positive personality and are easy to work with.

Jessica Beardsley, MS, RDN, LDN


Focus on your beliefs not just your actions. Envision that you already got the job. Write your name on a piece of paper with the job title behind it and the company. Act as if you are already employed. Your beliefs create your actions and you will show up confident and powerful and get the job.

Chere Bork, MS, RDN



It’s all about relationships. If you invest in building relationships with people and share who you are and what you are all about, it can lead to amazing things. The majority of the jobs I’ve held were the result of a friend or colleague (even a mere acquaintance once) who came to me with the job, knowing it was what I was looking for. Never underestimate the power of genuinely connecting with others.

Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDE



My number one tip for getting a job is to volunteer. Volunteering adds experience to your resume. You get to see if you would like to work in that organization and your potential employer is able to get to know you.

Maree Ferguson, MBA, PhD, RDN, FAND



Whatever position you apply to, be sure to highlight your nutrition technology skills. These include writing a blog, managing a website, being knowledgeable about apps, your social media connections, and making videos, podcasts, or infographics. This will set you apart from other applicants, as tech and communication skills are highly desirable employee attributes.

Catherine Frederico, MS, RDN, LDN



Tailor your resume (or cover letter) to the description of the job. Many employers use a computer system to screen your application and using similar words or skills in your resume can help move you forward in the application process.

Karla Moreno, RDN



Network through LinkedIn or referrals to schedule an “advice meeting” or “informational meeting.” During this meeting, don’t ask for a job at the company. However, if they like you, you may get an offer or a strong referral for another contact (even if at another company) that gives you an “in.”

Cheryl Reifer, PhD, RDN, LDN



I’m a dietetic intern (finishing my internship this week) who got a great job from my internship. My piece of advice would be to treat your internship as a networking experience. Always be professional and friendly, and tell your preceptors about your interests within the field. Ask to see/do things, and they will really love the initiative and possibly hire you.
Natalie Rizzo, MS


To the younger generation, pick up the phone and make the call. Call to confirm your resume was received. Call to follow up on available positions. Call to see if you can shadow. You must do more than email.

Caroline Susie, RDN, LDN



Get “face time.” Sending resumes into a black hole via online career websites may work for some, but personally, I’ve had 200 times better success when I network face to face, or when I reach out to a contact at my dream company and ask if I can take them to coffee.

Krista Ulatowski, MPH, RDN


Thank you to all the amazing dietetic professionals who provided us with your wonderful job application advice.
Here are additional resources to help you land your foot in the door to your dream company:

Sarah Koszyk is founder of Family. Food. Fiesta. A family-based wellness program and blog focusing on recipes, family health tips, and videos with kids cooking in the kitchen. She is a Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Coach specializing in sports nutrition and adult and pediatric weight management. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or LinkedIn.

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