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  • ISBN-13: 9780131332805
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 9/30/2004
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Organization.

 

About the Authors.

 

1. The Portfolio Process.

About Portfolios.

Competition is Everywhere.

Why Do I Need a Portfolio?

What Is a Portfolio?

What Supplies Do I Need to Get Started?

Planning for Your Portfolio.

Putting the Portfolio Together.

Using Your Portfolio.

Common Stumbling Blocks to Developing a Career Portfolio.

If You Need a Portfolio Now…

Read On.

Taking Action!

 

 

2. Planning Your Portfolio.

Designing Your Career.

Work Philosophy and Goals.

Building Your Portfolio Plan.

Taking Action!

 

 

3. The Résumé: An Overview of Your Portfolio.

What Goes into Your Résumé?

Résumé Basics.

Organizing Your Résumé.

The Scannable Résumé.

Sending Out Your Résumé.

New Trends in Résumés.

Writing a Brief Biography.

Your Résumé Sets the State.

Related Websites.

Taking Action!

 

 

4. Proving Your Skills.

Look at the Big Picture.

Work Samples.

Your Commitment to Personal Growth.

Letters of Recommendation.

Works in Progress.

Skill Sets.

Certifications, Diplomas, Registration Status, Degrees, or Awards.

Community Service.

Dietetic Internship Plan.

Academic Plan of Study.

Faculty and Employer Biographies.

References.

 

 

5. The Assembly.

Assembling the Portfolio.

Step 1…Things to Gather.

Step 2…Sorting and Organizing Work Samples.

Step 3…Putting It Together.

Step 4…Developing Support Materials.

Step 5…Check It Out.

Assembling an On-the-Job Portfolio.

Congratulations–You Have a Career Portfolio!

Taking Action!

 

 

6. The Electronic Portfolio.

Technology “Levels the Playing Field.”

Why Would I Want an Electronic Portfolio?

Wait! I’m not a “Techno-Wizard”–How Can I Do This?

Getting It All Together.

Designing the Electronic Career Portfolio.

Making the Most of Your Electronic Portfolio.

Taking Action!

 

 

7. The Portfolio in Action.

Now That I Have It, How Do I Use It?

Interview Techniques.

After It’s Over…

Getting the Internship Experience.

Using the Portfolio for Reviews and Promotions.

The Portfolio in Action.

Taking Action!

 

 

8. A Matter of Style.

Text.

Visual Media–Working with Pictures and Video.

Production Tools–Copiers, Scanners, and Printers.

Paper and Printing.

Send Us Your Success Story.

Taking Action!

 

 

9. Resource Guide.

1. Supply List.

2. Emergency Portfolio Instructions.

3. Action Verbs.

4. Department of Labor SCANs.

5. Transferable Skill List.

6. Common Job Titles and Skills for Dietitians.

7. Dietetic Work Samples.

8. Common Dietetic Professional Abbreviations.

9. Sample Dietetic Internship Application.

10. List of Templates on the Disk.

 

 

Index.

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Preface

Dietetics is a burgeoning profession. In the last few years, we have witnessed tremendous advancements in food and in nutrition science. Consumers have much to choose from, whether they want to purchase healthier food or locate a practitioner to help with dietary counseling. And more change is right around the corner.

Dietetics professionals work in a variety of areas, including food service operations, hospital inpatient and outpatient clinical nutrition services, private practice, public health, research, academia, and many other fields. The list goes on and continues to grow based on the energy, creativity, and professionalism of those in the field and of those studying to enter the field.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the dietetic field is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2012 as a result of an increased emphasis on disease prevention, an increasing public interest in nutrition, and increased emphasis on health education. Baby boomers will boost the demand for meals and nutritional counseling in hospitals, long-term care facilities, prisons, community health programs, and home health-care agencies.

But to get ahead you've got to do something to set yourself apart. Perhaps you have the credentials and the experience, but do you have a way to present yourself to a potential employer? These days it's all about marketing, and with dietetics, we must position ourselves as the most valued source of food and nutrition services. We know we have the skills and training to get the job done, but does a potential employer or a future client know this?

There's one tool thatwill set you ahead of the competition: the career portfolio. This is a unique process to help you catalog your work experience, accomplishments and awards in an easy-to-use format. With step-by-step instructions presented in a user-friendly format, we demonstrate how you can create your own portfolio. Whether you're a seasoned professional, a new dietitian, or a student working your way toward graduation, this guidebook is for you.

If you're looking to find the right job, stand out among the competition, prove yourself, and feel confident in the interview process, you are ready to create your career portfolio.

Succeed in a tough job market—Use your career portfolio to compete for the job, show your future employer what you are worth, and how you can save them training dollars. Show that employer you are worth the investment!

Stand out—With the help of this book you are going to create a Career Portfolio, a track record of your education and work experiences that you can take with you to a job interview. The portfolio is a zippered three-ring binder containing information about your professional beliefs, experiences, and education. It will contain samples of your work, either in a classroom setting or on the job. The portfolio may also include a list of your skills and abilities. With a portfolio in hand, you can walk into an interview and be able to show the interviewer samples of your work, pictures of projects or community involvement, certificates you've earned, and memberships you have held. Your portfolio will be customized to you, so it will set you apart from everyone else.

Interview with confidence—A portfolio also lets you walk into an interview with more confidence, because while putting it together you'll be examining your goals, writing down your beliefs about work and your career, documenting your strengths, and identifying your weaknesses. By the time you have put together your first career portfolio you should be able to handle those hard interview questions like "Tell me about yourself," "What are your goals for the future?," or "What do you bring to the table for us?"

Start out ahead—Portfolios can do more than boost your confidence in an interview. They can also help you get ahead in the marketplace. A well-crafted portfolio shows employers you have the skills and abilities for which they are looking. We have seen people with portfolios obtain higher starting salaries because they could prove their skills to an employer.

Track your career—Once you have the job, your portfolio doesn't go into a closet until you're looking for another job. Your portfolio changes as you begin to collect and document your work on the job. Then your portfolio serves as proof of your abilities on the job and can be used to track job performance and help position you for advancement.

Creating Your Career PortfolioAt-a-Glance Guide for Dietitians gives you guidelines for creating your career portfolio. In this book you'll find:

  • A list of supplies you need to begin this project General guidelines for organizing your portfolio
  • Detailed discussions of information to be included in different sections
  • Pointers on using the portfolio in an interview or job review
  • A style guide—containing tips for creating better looking text, photographs, and videos, as well as other ideas for making the production side of the portfolio process run smoothly.

Organization

This book is divided into six sections: Overview

  • Chapter 1: "The Portfolio Process"—An overview of the whole process of portfolio development.

Planning and Collecting Materials

  • Chapter 2: "Planning Your Portfolio"—Tools to help you develop your work philosophy and career goals.
  • Chapter 3: "The Resume: An Overview of Your Portfolio"—A look at different types of resumes, both paper and electronic.
  • Chapter 4: "Proving Your Skills"—How to collect, select, and assemble your work samples, certifications, and community service items.

Putting the Portfolio Together

  • Chapter 5: "The Assembly"—Putting it all together; producing the portfolio.
  • Chapter 6: "The Electronic Portfolio"—Creating a digital version of your portfolio for the Internet or distribution on compact disk (CD).

How to Use the Completed Portfolio

  • Chapter 7: "The Portfolio in Action: Getting the Job"-"Now that I have it, what do I do with it?" Using the portfolio in an interview or to get an internship or co-op experience.

Making the Portfolio Look Good

  • Chapter 8: "A Matter of Style"- Production tips focusing on making your documents, pictures, and videos look their best.

Quick Reference Materials

Chapter 9: "Resource Guide"- Additional resources to make your career portfolio a success, including:

  • Supply list with product numbers
  • Emergency assembly instructions
  • A list of action verbs for use in resumes
  • Skill competencies
  • Transferable skill list
  • Common job titles and skills for dietitians
  • Dietetic work samples
  • Common dietetic professional abbreviations
  • Sample dietetic internship application
  • A list of templates included on the diskette.

We've tried to make this At-a-Glance Guide live up to its name. If you like to read books straight through from the beginning, you'll find this book organized in a logical way. If you don't like to read a guide until you need help with a particular step, you're in luck. You don't have to read this book from cover to cover to find helpful information. You'll find an overview to the process in this chapter. Along the way you'll see "Hot Tips", samples, "Ask the Expert" questions, and stories to help you make the most of the career portfolio process.

When you are ready to work on a particular portion of the portfolio, look up the specific section in chapters 2-4 for more information.

For assistance on developing good-looking work samples and documents, refer to Chapter 8, "A Matter of Style."

When you're ready to put your portfolio together, turn to Chapter 5, "The Assembly," or Chapter 6, "The Electronic Portfolio."

Before you go to your interview or job review, reread Chapter 7, "The Portfolio in Action ...Getting the Job."

Regardless of how you use this book, you'll find it filled with examples, tips, and ideas that will make the portfolio process truly rewarding.

Read More Show Less

Introduction

Dietetics is a burgeoning profession. In the last few years, we have witnessed tremendous advancements in food and in nutrition science. Consumers have much to choose from, whether they want to purchase healthier food or locate a practitioner to help with dietary counseling. And more change is right around the corner.

Dietetics professionals work in a variety of areas, including food service operations, hospital inpatient and outpatient clinical nutrition services, private practice, public health, research, academia, and many other fields. The list goes on and continues to grow based on the energy, creativity, and professionalism of those in the field and of those studying to enter the field.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the dietetic field is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2012 as a result of an increased emphasis on disease prevention, an increasing public interest in nutrition, and increased emphasis on health education. Baby boomers will boost the demand for meals and nutritional counseling in hospitals, long-term care facilities, prisons, community health programs, and home health-care agencies.

But to get ahead you've got to do something to set yourself apart. Perhaps you have the credentials and the experience, but do you have a way to present yourself to a potential employer? These days it's all about marketing, and with dietetics, we must position ourselves as the most valued source of food and nutrition services. We know we have the skills and training to get the job done, but does a potential employer or a future client know this?

There's one tool that will set youahead of the competition: the career portfolio. This is a unique process to help you catalog your work experience, accomplishments and awards in an easy-to-use format. With step-by-step instructions presented in a user-friendly format, we demonstrate how you can create your own portfolio. Whether you're a seasoned professional, a new dietitian, or a student working your way toward graduation, this guidebook is for you.

If you're looking to find the right job, stand out among the competition, prove yourself, and feel confident in the interview process, you are ready to create your career portfolio.

Succeed in a tough job market--Use your career portfolio to compete for the job, show your future employer what you are worth, and how you can save them training dollars. Show that employer you are worth the investment!

Stand out--With the help of this book you are going to create a Career Portfolio, a track record of your education and work experiences that you can take with you to a job interview. The portfolio is a zippered three-ring binder containing information about your professional beliefs, experiences, and education. It will contain samples of your work, either in a classroom setting or on the job. The portfolio may also include a list of your skills and abilities. With a portfolio in hand, you can walk into an interview and be able to show the interviewer samples of your work, pictures of projects or community involvement, certificates you've earned, and memberships you have held. Your portfolio will be customized to you, so it will set you apart from everyone else.

Interview with confidence--A portfolio also lets you walk into an interview with more confidence, because while putting it together you'll be examining your goals, writing down your beliefs about work and your career, documenting your strengths, and identifying your weaknesses. By the time you have put together your first career portfolio you should be able to handle those hard interview questions like "Tell me about yourself," "What are your goals for the future?," or "What do you bring to the table for us?"

Start out ahead--Portfolios can do more than boost your confidence in an interview. They can also help you get ahead in the marketplace. A well-crafted portfolio shows employers you have the skills and abilities for which they are looking. We have seen people with portfolios obtain higher starting salaries because they could prove their skills to an employer.

Track your career--Once you have the job, your portfolio doesn't go into a closet until you're looking for another job. Your portfolio changes as you begin to collect and document your work on the job. Then your portfolio serves as proof of your abilities on the job and can be used to track job performance and help position you for advancement.

Creating Your Career Portfolio--At-a-Glance Guide for Dietitians gives you guidelines for creating your career portfolio. In this book you'll find:

  • A list of supplies you need to begin this project General guidelines for organizing your portfolio
  • Detailed discussions of information to be included in different sections
  • Pointers on using the portfolio in an interview or job review
  • A style guide--containing tips for creating better looking text, photographs, and videos, as well as other ideas for making the production side of the portfolio process run smoothly.

Organization

This book is divided into six sections: Overview

  • Chapter 1: "The Portfolio Process"--An overview of the whole process of portfolio development.

Planning and Collecting Materials

  • Chapter 2: "Planning Your Portfolio"--Tools to help you develop your work philosophy and career goals.
  • Chapter 3: "The Resume: An Overview of Your Portfolio"--A look at different types of resumes, both paper and electronic.
  • Chapter 4: "Proving Your Skills"--How to collect, select, and assemble your work samples, certifications, and community service items.

Putting the Portfolio Together

  • Chapter 5: "The Assembly"--Putting it all together; producing the portfolio.
  • Chapter 6: "The Electronic Portfolio"--Creating a digital version of your portfolio for the Internet or distribution on compact disk (CD).

How to Use the Completed Portfolio

  • Chapter 7: "The Portfolio in Action: Getting the Job"-"Now that I have it, what do I do with it?" Using the portfolio in an interview or to get an internship or co-op experience.

Making the Portfolio Look Good

  • Chapter 8: "A Matter of Style"- Production tips focusing on making your documents, pictures, and videos look their best.

Quick Reference Materials

Chapter 9: "Resource Guide"- Additional resources to make your career portfolio a success, including:

  • Supply list with product numbers
  • Emergency assembly instructions
  • A list of action verbs for use in resumes
  • Skill competencies
  • Transferable skill list
  • Common job titles and skills for dietitians
  • Dietetic work samples
  • Common dietetic professional abbreviations
  • Sample dietetic internship application
  • A list of templates included on the diskette.

We've tried to make this At-a-Glance Guide live up to its name. If you like to read books straight through from the beginning, you'll find this book organized in a logical way. If you don't like to read a guide until you need help with a particular step, you're in luck. You don't have to read this book from cover to cover to find helpful information. You'll find an overview to the process in this chapter. Along the way you'll see "Hot Tips", samples, "Ask the Expert" questions, and stories to help you make the most of the career portfolio process.

When you are ready to work on a particular portion of the portfolio, look up the specific section in chapters 2-4 for more information.

For assistance on developing good-looking work samples and documents, refer to Chapter 8, "A Matter of Style."

When you're ready to put your portfolio together, turn to Chapter 5, "The Assembly," or Chapter 6, "The Electronic Portfolio."

Before you go to your interview or job review, reread Chapter 7, "The Portfolio in Action ...Getting the Job."

Regardless of how you use this book, you'll find it filled with examples, tips, and ideas that will make the portfolio process truly rewarding.

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