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Résumé and Cover Letter Review 

ASSESSMENT

The sample submission is to help gauge where you are with your current skills and if you need to prepare more to successfully pass the test. You will receive feedback from an NCRW commission grader that will help you prepare for the test or to submit another sample, if needed.

FORMATTING FOR SUBMISSION

Your sample submission should contain four documents that are in compliance with The NCRW Style Guide (available only to members ) and The Gregg Reference Manual:

  1. A self-authored résumé (.doc format)
  2. A self-authored cover letter (.doc format), written for the same client.
  3. A justification explaining the client’s job search objectives and target industry, as well as the strategies incorporated in your documents.

Please remove all identifying information from Word’s properties (i.e. your name and the client's name). If the documents are ones your wrote for an actual client, feel free to embellish the achievements to make them even stronger!

RESULTS

While the sample submission process is not limited to members pursuing certification, part of the feedback is a “Ready” or “Not Ready” recommendation to help you determine if you are prepared to pass the NCRW Examination.

One NCRW grader will review your samples using the same criteria used when grading NCRW exams. Within 2-3 weeks, you will receive written feedback and an invitation to schedule a phone call to have your questions answered or clarify any comments and recommendations from the grader.

A “Ready” recommendation is not required to move on to the NCRW Exam. However, some writers may find it helpful to submit multiple samples if the grader recommends that the writer is "Not Ready" (a $75 fee applies to each submission).

 

Registration Links:

Membership ($175)
Writing Sample Review ($75)
Continuing Education 
Exam Registration ($250)

Advisory Board:

Kimberly Schneiderman (Chair) 
Pat Kendall
Judy Friedler
Michelle Dumas
Kimberly Isaacs


Grading Panel:

Kimberly Isaacs
Sally McIntosh
Cheryl Minnick
Michelle Swanson
Norine Dagliano 

The Certification Commission recommends that you read The NCRW Style Guide thoroughly before writing and submitting your sample résumé and cover letter for grading. Too many certification candidates fail the writing segment on their first attempt – many because they disregard basic grammar rules and “strategy” concepts that are outlined in the Style Guide (available only to members as an aid for studying to take the NCRW Exam).

Résumés that meet the grading criteria are:

  • Exceptionally well-written – Demonstrating the writer’s command of the English language (e.g., effective word usage, active verbs, appropriate keywords). Certification graders expect that sentence structure will have “integrity” and that writers will strategically present relevant data and exclude/edit nonrelevant data.

  • Marketing-oriented– Demonstrating the writer’s ability to effectively “sell” the candidate by presenting qualifying information in the best light (based on candidate’s objectives), and effectively meeting employer’s expectations by focusing on skills and accomplishments that meet the employer’s requirements.

  • Thoughtfully executed – Demonstrating the writer’s above-average skill in document preparation, word processing and formatting. Consistency is an important part of the grading criteria.

  • Technically correct – Demonstrating the writer’s skills in proofreading, attention to detail and accuracy in writing mechanics, punctuation, grammar, spelling, and syntax.

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