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ROAR! 2020 - Recognizing Outstanding Achievement in Resumes

Since winning the ROAR award, my client base has more than doubled, I moved into a larger office space, have begun offering training classes, am consistently invited for speaking engagements, and have brought several writers onto my team to meet the needs of my ever-growing client base. Winning the ROAR award changed everything for me immediately!"

Cathleen Lanzalaco, Inspire Careers
ROAR Winner

"Winning [multiple] ROAR awards was a marvelous triumph for my business. . . . The reputation and visibility the awards generated for my brand significantly benefited my bottom line. The best part was accepting them at the conference after meeting all of my favorite resume writers in person. It was truly a highlight of my career, and a great honor."

Marie Plett, 
Aspirations Career Services

ROAR Winner

“The 4 ROAR awards I won  made a tremendous difference in my credibility with clients [and] my confidence in charging at the level I am continually told I should be charging. My referrals have soared since winning, to the tune of about 85% of my business. Last, but definitely not least, I place high value on my awards, given the caliber of judges on the ROAR panel. Thank you, NRWA, for providing this opportunity – it has helped me and my business grow in so many ways!”

Lucie Yeomans, Sick Résumés
ROAR Winner

“Besides being a great honor to win, earning the very first ROAR award was a huge boost to my confidence. Being recognized by my peers verified I knew what I was doing, after being in the industry for just a couple years at the time. I raised my fees and still proudly tout award-wining resume writer in my bio.”

Michelle Robin, Brand Your Career
ROAR Winner

"Winning multiple ROAR awards has been incredibly positive for my business and my confidence! When clients ask to see samples, I steer them to my award-winning online samples (e.g., on the NRWA website), which boosts my credibility tenfold! I’ve landed more clients and sales because of these honors and recognition! Plus, I’ve gained much more respect from my clients when it comes to strategies and advice on their career marketing materials!"

Sandra Ingemansen, Résumé Strategies
ROAR Winner

Resume Writers Get Ready to ROAR!

The NRWA is officially accepting your submissions for our sixth annual resume writing competition – Recognizing Outstanding Achievement in Resumes (ROAR). 

Registration is now open and entries will be accepted through midnight, ET, July 17, 2020.

Step 1: Familiarize yourself with the categories

With an eye toward the future of work, we looked to the U.S. Department of Education's 16 Career Clusters published to provide learners with a focus for career-related academic study. The categories below represent several of the career pathways that make up this learning and training framework.

This year, we’re giving you the chance to show off your writing AND design talents – by creating two categories:

Category 1: Writing Excellence
Bring us your most powerful writing.

  • Writing Excellence Subcategory A: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (Entry Code: WEA)
  • Writing Excellence Subcategory B: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security (Entry Code: WEB)
  • Writing Excellence Subcategory C: Transportation, Distribution & Logistics (Entry Code: WEC)

Category 2: Design Excellence
Show us how you incorporate graphics and design elements for strategic value while balancing crisp and compelling writing.

  • Design Excellence Subcategory A: Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications (Entry Code: DEA)
  • Design Excellence Subcategory B: Marketing, Sales & Services (Entry Code: DEB)
  • Design Excellence Subcategory C: Hospitality & Tourism (Entry Code: DEC)

Step 2: Select your BEST resume representing any job title in any or every industry category (up to six entries per contestant). Fictionalize all names, addresses, and company names, and prepare a strategy statement for each entry.

Step 3: Familiarize yourself with the rules*, guidelines, and judging criteria as outlined below and submit your entries for just $20 each!

*Failure to comply with submission instructions will automatically disqualify the submission. Resubmissions will be subject to repayment.

Click here to Register Now


The winner in each industry category will receive:

  • One-year membership renewal in the NRWA ($175 value!) *
  • Formal recognition at the 2020 Conference
  • Promotional exposure through the NRWA newsletter, website, national press release, social media, and more

* Winners of multiple categories will receive no more than two (2) years of free membership in total. Membership awards are not transferable. 

    By submitting entries to this contest, you agree to the following rules:

    • Entrants must be NRWA members in good standing.
    • Entries will be accepted from April 20, 2020, until midnight, ET, July 17, 2020.
    • Contestants may enter one resume per industry category, for a total of six entries.
    • Resumes that have won other contests do not qualify for this competition.
    • Winning resume submissions may earn CEUs at the discretion of the judging panel.
    • By submitting an entry, contestants agree that their resume submissions will be published at NRWA discretion (e.g. website, e-book, etc.).
    • Decisions of the judging committee will be final; any ties will be broken by vote of the ROAR committee chair.
    • Winners will be announced at the NRWA annual conference (September 13–15, 2020).

        Submission Instructions

        Submit entries, with payment, until midnight, ET, on July 17, 2020, via the website registration form.

        If a technical issue should impede your registration, contact

        • Entries must be submitted in PDF format; failure to do so will result in loss of points.
        • Entry file name must be in the following format: “ROAR2020_CategoryCode_WriterLastName_WriterFirstName_ClientFirstName_ClientLastName.PDF”
        • Each entry must be one continuous document that includes the resume, followed by a page break and a paragraph on the final page that explains your strategy for development.
        • Client names, addresses, and company information must be fictionalized.
        Failure to comply with all submission instructions will automatically disqualify the submission. Resubmissions will be subject to repayment.

            Judging Criteria

            Each entry will be scored by a minimum of three judges and assigned a point value based on the following 5 criteria:

            1) 15 Points: Positioning, strategy, and creativity

            2) 20 Points: Layout, design/format and readability for both the human reader and the computer/ATS reader

            3) 15 Points: Keyword optimization for the target

            4) 30 Points: Technical writing accuracy and grammar

            5) 20 Points: Value/sales focus with specific accomplishments

              *Refer to The NCRW Study Guide for resume-writing concepts and best practices and and The Gregg Reference Manual for grammar/composition rules.

              * Resumes that received a cumulative score of 85 or higher will be considered for awards.  

                Entry Fee

                The price for entering a resume in the competition is $20 (per resume).

                Click here to Register Now

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