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Frequently Asked Questions ABOUT THE ncrw PROCESS

What am I submitting as a "Sample Package"?

Samples must be in compliance with the NCRW Study Guide and The Gregg Reference Manual – 10th or 11th Edition. Send the cover letter and résumé in separate Word documents. No need for PDF or ASCII at this stage.

  1. A self-authored résumé (.doc) for review.
  2. A matching cover letter (.doc) for review.
  3. A justification (.doc) explaining client's job search objectives, target industry, and strategies incorporated in your documents.
  4. An executed and signed Study Guide Checklist (found at the end of the Study Guide) indicating thoroughness in the sample submission process. (.doc, .pdf)

What disqualifies a Sample?

Samples are only rejected if they have been previously used for another association’s certification program OR have been written by another party.

How shall I address limitations that my client presented?

We want to see what you know about strategy, formatting, writing, and professionalism.  Address challenges and limitations by embellishing the sample; make it more relevant and succinct.

How shall I fictionalize my document if it was used for a client?

Disguise your client's résumé, taking off all that client’s personal information and substituting fictional information. Think outside the box when using a client's résumé. Create a name, company, employment dates, education. Sell your fictional client!

How can I remove my name from the document?

In Microsoft Word, go to File/Properties. 

After signing up, will I receive a logo that I can use for my website or is that only after the certification process?

You can display the NRWA Member logo. The NCRW Certification logo is reserved for people that have passed the certification exam.

Where can I find the NCRW certification fees and where to send the fees? I am unclear if the fee is $50 and $150 for retaking the exam only or for taking the exam as well.

This page of the site describes the entire process. It starts with a sample submission of your work.

Are all courses needed to earn the CEs for NCRW certification available free of charge when I become a member or will each course have separate fee? If so, where can I find the list of fees?

There are many ways to earn CEs, both within the NRWA’s offerings and with external resources. See this page:

The National Résumé Writers' Association
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