There are advantages to using a certified resume writer.
A certified resume writer (credentials could include CPRW, NCRW, CARW) implies that some skill level has been met. Also, a certified resume writer agrees to professional conduct as set forth by the Code of Business Ethics issued by the Professional Association of Resume Writers (PARW). Of course, I would be amiss if I didn’t admit that there are plenty of resume writers who aren’t credentialed at all; but, have a high level of knowledge on how to produce great resumes. They also have a long history of producing results for clients.
A credentialed resume writer, however, does reflect some degree of knowledge and a level of competence to perform in the resume writing industry. Being a certified resume writer doesn’t necessarily mean the writer has a wealth of knowledge of the industry but does possess some specialized skill. So, is seeking out a certified resume writer all it’s cracked up to be?
Your best bet is probably to seek out a resume writer who is certified, sure … but, also search for one that’s experienced too. How much experience, you ask? That really depends on what’s important to you. If you can’t adequately answer this question without further research, do yourself a favor and review the resume writers’ resume examples before making the hire. By viewing their examples, you are provided with some basis for determining the writer’s experience level — beyond merely holding a resume writing certification.
If you are interested in learning more about the various credentials offered by the Professional Association of Resume Writers (PARW), Career Directors International (CDI), and the National Resume Writers Association (NRWA), you can check out this series of blog posts on the various resume certifications available to career professionals.
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