NRWA RESUME WRITING COMPETITION
2018 Recognizing outstanding Achievement in Resumes (ROAR)
“The 4 ROAR awards I won in the first couple of years of the ROAR Awards competition, made a tremendous difference in not only my credibility with clients, but also 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; I think my clients get a kick out having award-winning résumés. Almost all of the new inquiries I receive mention the fact they reached out to me because of my awards. Last, but definitely not least, I place high value on my awards, given the caliber of judges on the ROAR panels. 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 will be officially accepting your submissions to our fourth annual resume writing competition – Recognizing Outstanding Achievement in Resumes (ROAR).
Registration opens immediately and entries will be accepted through July 20.
Both members and nonmembers may submit entries in the following categories:
Step 1: Choose your experience level so your entries will be judged against your peers
Step 2: Familiarize yourself with the categories
Step 3: Select up to three of your BEST resumes representing any industry or profession for each of the two categories (up to six entries per contestant). Fictionalize all names, addresses, and company names and prepare a strategy statement for each entry.
Step 4: Familiarize yourself with all the guidelines and judging criteria as outlined below and then register today!
First-place winners in each of the segments and categories will receive:
By submitting entries to this contest, you agree to the following rules:
Entries may be submitted until July 20 via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org When submitting your entry via email, please include the following information:
Each entry will be scored by a minimum of two judges, based on the following 8 criteria and point scale:
1. 5 Points: Compliance with entry rules (single document, PDF format, and correct file name)
2. 5 Points: Design, style, and originality
3. 10 Points: Positioning, strategy, and creativity
4. 10 Points: Layout and readability for both the human reader and the computer/ATS (ATS not applicable for Creative Design submissions)
5. 15 Points: Branding and unique positioning
6. 15 Points: Keyword optimization for the target
7. 20 Points: Technical writing accuracy and grammar
8. 20 Points: Value/sales focus with specific accomplishments
Refer to The NCRW Style Guide and The Gregg Reference Manual for resume-writing concepts and strategies
Note that you will lose points for incorrect file format and file name
Note that any entry that is not fictionalized will be disqualified
Contest Entry Fee:
The price for entering a resume in the competition is: