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Approximately 90% of the members are self-employed resume writers and small business owners. The remainder of the membership is comprised of resume writers who are employed at college placement, military transition, or state employment offices. In terms of geographic distribution, the NRWA members are primarily based in the U.S. with about a dozen international members. They are divided into six regions with the Southeastern region having the largest concentration at 21.1%. Of those individual owners, 96% report having between 1-5 employees, guaranteeing personalized service when producing career documents.
Most (67%) the NRWA members have been in the industry at least 5 years or more with 45% working in the industry more than 10 years.
Members have committed to continued professional development and 67% have earned some sort of industry credential to boost their expertise level and enhance their services. The NRWA offers the Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW) credential for those writers who pass a rigorous accreditation process that tests each candidate for meticulous understanding of grammar, formatting, and resume writing strategy. They must also accumulate annual CEUs to demonstrate that they stay current with industry trends and best practices.
In terms of products offered, 99% of all NRWA member companies offer resume and cover letter development and writing. Additional services include creation of biographies, curricula vitae (CV), outplacement services, career research, and career coaching.