Dietetics Resume Workshop
Angela Pau
Center for Student Involvement and Careers
1. Resume Essentials
• Targeting
• Organization
• Accomplishment Statements
2. Writing a Cover Letter
3. Formatting
Fun Activity!
Partner up with someone in the
room and introduce yourself
Talk for one minute about an
accomplishment you are proud of
At the end of one minute, switch!
Targeting, targeting, targeting…
1. What skills are they looking for in this
2. What types of experiences (paid, unpaid,
volunteer, academic, extracurricular) have
you had?
3. What skills did you develop or demonstrate
through these experiences?
4. How might these skills be transferred or
applied to this program?
They want…
You have…
• Decision Making
• ___________________
• Professionalism
• Interpersonal
• Communication
• Collaboration/teamwork
• Fine motor skills
• ___________________
• ___________________
• ___________________
• ___________________
• ___________________
• ___________________
• ___________________
• Manage Time
• ___________________
• Conflict Resolution
• ___________________
• ___________________
AMA (2010) + University of Toronto Report on Grad Competencies (2011) + SSHRC
555 W 5th Street • Delta, BC V5K 5R5 • (604) 555-5555• [email protected]
Knowledge and applied skills in food science, food service delivery and health education
Experience in developing and implementing cooking programs for children
Supervisory and leadership skills gained through managing teams of up to 20
Laboratory skills and food safety systems knowledge developed through completion of both a
Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition and Health, and HACCP training
Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition and Health
Expected Graduation: May 2011
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Related Coursework: Food Law Regulations and Quality Assurance, Microbiology,
Consumer Aspects of Food, Wine Science
HACCP for Food Plants
Food Processors of Canada
Food Safe 1 – Sanitation Program for Food Handlers
Vancouver Coastal Health
Use Relevant Headings
Work Experience
Volunteer Experience
Extracurricular Activities
Community Involvement
Awards & Scholarships
What do you write …. ?
Based on this experience – what do we know
about this persons skills?
How did this improve the resume?
Added clarity to tasks and goals of job
Transferred skills from seemingly not-sorelevant examples
Action Verbs
Communication Skills
Addressed, arbitrated, arranged, authored, collaborated,
convinced, corresponded, developed, directed, drafted, edited,
enlisted, formulated, influenced, interpreted, lectured, mediated,
moderated, negotiated, persuaded, promoted, publicized,
reconciled, recruited, represented, referred, spoke, translated,
Leadership Skills
Administered, assigned, attained, chaired, coordinated, delegated,
developed, directed, evaluated, improved, oversaw, prioritized,
produced, recommended, reviewed, supervised
Team Skills
Assessed, assisted, clarified, coached, facilitated, familiarized,
guided, motivated
How to Write Accomplishment Statements
Action Verb
• Sentences start
with an action verb
• Highlights a key
transferable skill
• Creates a strong,
consistent language
on your application
• What you did
• Outcome
• Choose a task
relevant to what
you might do in
your future role
What happened?
Measurable success
(e.g. Achievements,
size of project, # of
people at your event,
Accomplishment statements vs. job descriptions
Tutored students in math.
Coached students in math and increased their
average by 5%.
Coached students in math and increased their
confidence in completing their assignments on their
Final thoughts
Take time to write
Bridge the gap between your experience and
the reader
Resume or Cover Letter
• Describes all of your
RELEVANT experiences
• Describes all of your
• Point form and
accomplishment focused
Cover Letter
• Conveys who you are
• Answers “why” you
should be accepted in to
the program
• Selects a few choice
relevant stories to tell in
• Fewer examples, more
Program Guidelines for Application
• Your reasons for applying to dietetics.
• Any specific professional goals you may have.
• Personal attributes, skills, work/volunteer
experience, and any qualifications or highlights
that speak to your suitability for dietetics.
• Any information that you feel the review
committee should be aware of in assessing your
application that may not otherwise be apparent
from reviewing your application package.
Cover Letter strategies
Answer two main questions
1. Why would you be a good dietitian?
2. Tell me about a time when …
• Team skills
• Communication skills
• Leadership skills
Remember, this is a mini-interview
Things to avoid
Starting the story at the beginning
Skipping over the details
Putting in as many experiences as possible
Try instead
Be personal
Focus on a few relevant and excellent examples
Tell the committee stories about your
experiences, and then link those stories back to
the program
“Why would this experience make you a better
“Why would this experience make you successful in
the program?”
Final Thoughts
Cover letters are a great place to…
Tell stories
Be relevant
Be descriptive and specific
Choose less examples than your resume
Provide more detail than your resume
Fonts: Arial, Times New Roman, Calibri,
Verdana, Tahoma, Helvetica, or others.
Size: 12 pt.
Spacing and 1” margins
*** Consistency in bold/italics
*** Consistency in order of job title/employer
Additional Resources
Resume Advising – Peer Coach
• Sign up through Careers Online
Resume Tutorials and Online Samples

Dietetics Resume Workshop 2015