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NCRW Sample Submission ★

  • January 01, 2016
  • December 31, 2021
  • Online



Congratulations! You are ready to submit your sample package for review, the next step in the certification process.  

While not a prerequisite, in our experience those with the greatest chance of NCRW exam success have had at least 2 years of experience writing résumé and cover letters, whether as a new or experienced business owner or as a staff member of a college career, workforce investment or military transition center.

Ready to take the next step? Please follow the guidelines below:

  1. Read the online rules and regulations for submission – how it works, etc. to see if you have any questions before submitting.
  2. Download the The NCRW Style Guide and review it thoroughly.  
  3. Reference The Gregg Reference Manual for grammar and punctuation rules and standards.
  • Proof and reproof your documents for consistency, spacing, margins, typos, spelling, strategy, redundancy, etc. Use American Grammar and spelling rules. Have someone else read them.
  • If your résumé and cover letter are from one of your customers: A) Fictionalize it, by changing client names and contact information and company names. Don’t submit your own personal résumé. B) Embellish any content by adding metrics and details, if necessary to make the documents stronger than the ones you created for your customer.
  • Remove all identifying information from Word’s properties. Your initials, author name, etc.
  • Submit the following:
    • Formal Cover Letter in Word  
    • Résumé, ATS compliant, in Word and in PDF

Remember, the sample submission is to help gauge where you are at with your current skills and if you need to prepare more to successfully pass the test. You will receive feedback from one grader that will help you prepare for the test or to help you prepare another sample submission if needed. Retakes cost the same amount as first tries. 

Please submit all documents to Recommendations are returned within four weeks from the date of submission.

Let us know if you have any questions.

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