Bob Janitz wrote his very first résumé in 1993 for a co-worker who promised him lunch in return. The résumé ultimately won the co-worker a promotion, and he started telling others that Bob would write their résumés for the price of a lunch. “Obviously, I don’t write for lunches anymore,”Bob says now. Bob did continue to write résumés part-time until he decided to open a full-time practice in 2008, when he joined The NRWA. Within The NRWA, Bob became a Region Representative in 2012, the Membership Chair in 2013, and the President in 2014.
Bob considered pursuing the prestigious NCRW certification for several years. In January 2014, Bob set a New Years resolution to obtain the certification before The NRWA conference. After preparation and practice, he received the good news of his achievement of the certification on September 2, just 15 days before the conference.
For those who might be hesitant to pursue the NCRW certification, Bob says, “I think there’s a general perception that the NCRW certification process is near impossible to attain. It’s not easy, but it’s not impossible. If becoming a NCRW is something you truly want to achieve, study, have confidence in yourself, and you will reach your goal. The graders truly want you to become certified. If you take their constructive criticism and comments to heart, you’ll become a better writer and get your certification. I love this quote from Earl Nightingale: ‘All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.’”
Bob also strongly believes that the lessons he learned through the process will remain with him, and continue to help him improve his writing skills. “It is a great educational process,” Bob added. “The study guide gave me excellent information on how to better my writing skills. The honest feedback I received after I submitted my samples and final exam emphasized the importance of proofreading and adhering to the guidelines set in the study guide and Gregg Reference Manual.”
Please congratulate Bob Janitz, our newest NCRW!