How to Choose Dietetic Job References Wisely
Who you know matters in your career and job search. Many jobs require job references and/or letters of recommendation. The people who endorse you may even have contacts within the company to get you an additional foot in the door. Knowing who to ask to be a reference is important in order to get the right support you need during your job search process. Here’s How to Choose Dietetic Job References Wisely.
- Consider the jobs you are applying for. Categorize the jobs you are applying for within the dietetic field based on their niche, such as food service, clinical, marketing, community, or technology.
- Determine who you know that currently works within that specific niche.Make a list of the people you know who work within that area. You’ll want to have at least five people to contact in hopes to get at least three solid references for each category. Some people can cross between groups based on their experience and connections.
- Make sure they know you on some level of professionalism.To be a good job reference, the person needs to know your work ethic, work style, personality, and skills you have so that when they are contacted by the potential employer, they can validate your worth and promote you.
- Reach out to the potential references.Contact them to ask permission if you can use them as a reference. Let them know they may be contacted by a potential employer and what may be asked of them.
- Get their information.Once they agree to be a reference, get all their pertinent contact information to share with potential employers such as name, credentials, job title, current job, phone number, and email.
- Keep them updated.When you apply for a position that you list them as a reference, let them know what the company and position are and what your job duties may be. Inform your reference of your skills and experience so they know what to say if asked. You can also send your reference your resume and cover letter as a resource.
- Request a letter of recommendation.If your reference is willing, ask for a letter of recommendation. Some companies require letters of recommendation and some don’t. Having the letter at hand can make it easy when a company does ask for one, you have it ready in your files.
- Say “Thank You.” Provide some form of gratitude for people who go out of their way to assist you in your career search. A hand-written letter, an email, or a phone call can all do the trick.
Job searches are not easy. Having support from colleagues can provide encouragement and motivation and help us to continue to strive towards finding that dream job.
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Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN, is a Registered Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist specializing in Weight Management and Sports Nutrition for youth and adults. She writes articles for multiple publications, provides customized nutrition coaching, and is a brand spokesperson. She is founder of Family. Food. Fiesta.Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, or LinkedIn.