Career fairs are great places for dietetic students and job search candidates to meet potential employers and learn about their companies. In addition, career fairs are fantastic opportunities to network and prepare for the upcoming job search. NutritionJobs reached out to fellow dietitians to get their top tips on How to Prepare for a Dietetic Career Fair.
1. Elevator Pitch. “Prepare for a career fair by having a 30-45 second elevator pitch or 70-105 words. Your elevator pitch should answer three questions: ‘Who are you? What do you do? Where do you want to go, or what are you looking for?’ You need to know exactly what you want to achieve or no one can help you get there. Try this template to get started – I help (specific target customers) who want to get (specific desired result) without having to (unwanted or inconvenient steps). Do you know any (specific target customers) who wants to get (specific desired result)?” recommends Linda S Eck Mills, MBA, RDN, LDN, FADA, Career Coach, International Speaker, Author, LinkedIn: com/in/lindaeckmills.
2. Prepare Your Resume. “As an interviewer, my pet peeve is when an applicant has not done any research on the company they want to work for. Do an internet search to learn the history of the company and prepare some talking points and questions based on your research.Proof read your resume. A resume full of errors shows a potential employer that you don’t place importance on attention to details,” informs Lindsey Pine, MS, RDN, CSSD, CLT, Founder of TastyBalance Nutrition, Twitter: @tastybalance.
3. Fuel. Eye Contact. “After you have assembled copies of your resume for potential employers and practiced your 1-minute elevator speech that describes your skill set concisely, get 7 to 8 hours of sleep the night before, and eat and hydrate with water before you go to a career fair. Remember to relax as you want to present your best self-introduction and make eye contact with employers at the career fair. You are selling you as the best fit and uniquely qualified compared to other job applicants,” advises Joanne Larsen, MS, RD, LD, Founder of Ask the Dietitian®.
4. Believe in Yourself. Follow-Up. “Believe. In. Yourself. Show up being the real you. You have unique talents no one else has. Getting the ‘job’ is in the follow-up. I personally don’t care how memorable someone is. Unless they take the time to follow-up, they are not going to be considered for the job or position. Remember: people all want to be appreciated and acknowledged, just like you,” states Chere Bork, MS, RDN, Dietitian, Life Coach and Energy Igniter, and Speaker,Twitter: @cherebork.
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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.