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Conference Date:

September 23-27, 2019

Conference Location:

The Mariner of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Ship

Click here to see the 2019 NRWA Conference Cruise Itinerary


Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn, make connections, and have fun!

  • Professional Development: Earn 10 Continuing Education credits toward your Nationally Certified Résumé Writer credential.
  • Network: Connect and share best practices! Great insights abound whether you're in an academic career center, business, military transition center, or workforce development center.
  • Fun: Enjoy a fun-filled cruise to the Bahamas with your colleagues; dining, entertainment, soaking up the sun, and shopping opportunities will abound!

Get the best conference value in the careers industry! Registration includes all sessions and networking events.


The National Resume Writers Association is accepting speaking proposals focusing on best practices and trends in the resume writing industry for its 2019 conference. Presenting at the conference is a great way to showcase your expertise and your business and generate interest in your services among potential partners and clients. We invite you to submit your proposal online through the link provided.

Click here for the online 2019 NRWA Conference Cruise Speaker Proposal form.


  • Enhance your visibility and reputation in the resume writing industry.
  • Continue the NRWA’s signature reputation of excellence in resume writing, education, and awareness.
  • Gain a greater appreciation of your own expertise as you prepare your presentation.
  • Receive a conference registration discount.
  • Have an opportunity to present to and network with colleagues while enjoying a 5-day, Caribbean cruise. (Please note: Although speakers will receive a conference registration discount, they are responsible for the cost of the cruise).

Click here to download the sample Speaker Proposal Form.



    The NRWA is the only nonprofit, member-driven resume writers’ organization in the world. The mission of the NRWA is to increase the visibility of the industry, encourage ethical practices, promote excellence, and raise industry standards through peer marketing and training. Conference attendees include:

    • Professional and Certified Resume Writers (with a wide variety of specialties)
    • Career Coaches
    • University Career Services Professionals
    • Workforce Development Center Professionals
    • Military Career Transition Center Professionals


    In deciding upon your presentation topic, remember that conference attendees are particularly interested in ideas that they can readily implement in their businesses. Consider the following ideas:

    • A new twist or perspective on a familiar topic.
    • A “heads-up” on how critical areas of the industry are changing or are about to change.
    • “How-to” information in an area for which you are known.
    • An aspect of the industry – business operations or writing – that you feel are problem areas or obstacles.


    The following ideas were selected from the NRWA post- and preconference surveys and reflect topics of immediate interest to conference attendees. This is not a list from which you must choose; it is provided to assist and inspire you as you consider topics and develop your presentation content. New and innovative topic ideas are welcome!

    Business Operations

    • Starting, running, or building a small business; business development and expansion; business liability (liability insurance, client contracts, loss prevention); continuity planning; streamlining processes; payment/delivery options and procedures.
    • How to reach and build relationships with employers, recruiters, career services departments, providers and/or agencies.
    • The financial side of running a business (banking, point of sale/online payments, subscriptions).
    • Client intake processes, questionnaires, assessments; how to gather meaningful information from clients.
    • Additional services/revenue streams – what works, what doesn’t, and how to implement them; passive-income opportunities.

    Job Search

    • Current trends and future changes in the job search process.
    • Connecting and developing relationships with HR/hiring authorities.
    • Delivering interview prep/mock interviews; live mock interview sessions for interactive critique/discussion.
    • How to help clients navigate the job-search process.
    • Hiring sources, i.e., outsourcing, temporary hiring through agencies, temp/contract freelancing.
    • How to use social media in the job search.
    • For clients: how to use LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and/or other social media platforms to get attention.
    • For resume writers: how to use social media to attract business.

    Sales & Marketing

    • Sales techniques; streamlining the process, from initial inquiry to successful close; online transactions.
    • Trends in social media; how to leverage social media marketing.
    • Professional and personal branding.

    LinkedIn & Social Media

    • LinkedIn profile writing.
    • What LinkedIn profile writers should know about how employers use LinkedIn.
    • The mechanics of LinkedIn (actively take the audience through the mechanics of LinkedIn with a live screen); technical aspects of LinkedIn - trends and changes.
    • LinkedIn optimization.
    • Business uses for Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, etc.
    • Facebook for business; Facebook SEO.


    • Hiring and working with subcontractors, including compensation structures.
    • Legalities/insurance and business structure for subcontractors.


    • Web design, website and social media SEO.
    • MS Word formatting.
    • Technology for streamlining processes and increasing efficiency.
    • Mobile resumes/online portfolios.


    • Resumes for specific occupations, client demographics, or industries (executive, IT, engineering, scientific, CV/academic, military/federal, retired/older workers, incarcerated/ex-offenders, students).
    • Presentations specifically designed for advanced or beginning writers.
    • Writing complete packages: resumes, cover letters, professional/executive biographies, LinkedIn profiles.
    • Streamlining the writing process for faster writing without losing quality.
    • ATS update; writing for both ATS and recruiters; ATS-friendly designs.
    • 30-60-90-day plans – why, when and how to write them.


    Please note: all submissions will be considered for a 60-90-minute breakout session. You may wish to consider one of the following formats:

    • Traditional: Single-presenter breakout session.
    • Co-presentation: You and a colleague share different methods and/or perspectives, thus expanding audience knowledge.
    • Case study: Client scenarios that illustrate the human side of what we do.
    • Hands-on application(s): Presentations that engage the audience in performing a task/exercise.
    • Panel discussion: Assembly of “experts” sharing information/answering questions about a specific topic.


    Complete the NRWA’s online proposal form.

    Click here to download the sample Speaker Proposal Form.


    Proposals are reviewed and selected by the NRWA Conference Program Planning Committee. The NRWA Certification Chair will also review presentations that specifically pertain to resume writing.


    Please note: Because the proposal review and proofing process is time-consuming, it is critical that you meet the deadlines below. Presentation material received after the specified dates cannot be included in conference materials and will not be available to attendees unless you provide them at the time of the event.

    Additionally, due to the nature of this unique conference venue, once speakers have been notified of acceptance to present at the conference, registration for the cruise will be required with return of the signed contract.   

    1. Call for speakers opens – December 12, 2018
    2. Submission judging – February 18 - March 1, 2019
    3. Speakers notified – Week of March 11, 2019
    4. Signed contracts due – March 31, 2019
    5. Presentations materials & handouts due - June 1, 2019
    6. The NRWA Conference – September 23-27, 2019


    Jennifer C. Thornton, Executive Director

    The National Résumé Writers' Association

    9 Newport Drive, Suite 200, Forest Hill, MD 21050

    P: 877-843-6792 ext. 1151

    Nancy Grant, MS – 2019 Conference Program Planning Chair

    Regional Career & Employment Services

    P: 585-281-2892

    The National Résumé Writers' Association
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