Preparing an effective CV can be a challenge in any sector. As the job market gets increasingly competitive, it is all the more important to get it right. This article is intended to help people who are applying for dietician jobs for the first time, along with those who have had difficulty getting to the interview stage in the past. There is always opportunity for improvement as the CV should be checked over and adjusted as necessary to make sure it is just right for each individual application.

General tips

Making a few simple changes to the presentation of a CV can make a big difference to its success rate. There is no fixed way to set out a CV, but it is important to group similar pieces of information together and to arrange them neatly, using bold headings and bullet points. A clear font such as Verdana or Arial is best. A CV should ideally be about two pages long (printed on separate pieces of paper); altering the size of the font can help to achieve this.

Every CV must be carefully proofread; research has shown that this can boost the candidate’s chances of getting an interview by as much as a quarter. Clear language makes the best impression so there is no need to make a special effort to use long words. However, demonstrating fluency with relevant technical language can be useful. Wherever possible, abbreviations should be avoided.

​Our care recruiters outline their top CV writing tip below:

Training and employment history

A CV is not just a list of accomplishments; it has to make them relevant, to tempt prospective employers to find out more at interview. This means that each listed course or position should be followed by examples of the duties it involved and the skills learned or improved.

On a dietician CV there are two important things to cover in these areas. The first is demonstrating knowledge of specific skills and protocols. The second is demonstrating familiarity with patient interaction, including work with different types of patients in different contexts. These are the first things an employer will focus on when weighing up applications.

It is useful to add an additional skills section at the end of a dietician CV for anything that will not fit neatly under these sections. This can be used not only to list technical skills but also to highlight things such as strong interpersonal skills, showing that the candidate understands how important these are to the job.

Professional accomplishments

It is also useful for any dietician CV to include a section on professional accomplishments. This can include things such as academic papers published, project work accomplished and systems developed. It is a useful place to reference work with allied health professionals that illustrates the cross disciplinary and teamwork skills often important in the profession.

Personal qualities

Listing personal interests and hobbies can be an effective way to make a CV stand out, but it needs to be done with a view to highlighting qualities useful for the job. For instance, hobbies that show a candidate is outgoing and volunteer activities that show an interest in helping others can both establish that an individual is well suited to working as a dietician.