“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
"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
“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
“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
"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
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.
Category 1: Writing Excellence
Category 2: Design Excellence
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.
The winner in each industry category will receive:
* 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Failure to comply with all submission instructions will automatically disqualify the submission. Resubmissions will be subject to repayment.
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.
The price for entering a resume in the competition is $20 (per resume).