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The Significance of the Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) Credential

The Professional Association of Resume Writers (PARW) was founded in January 1990 as an association for career professionals to exchange information, enhance their skills, or demonstrate their commitment to providing professional services to the general public. Here's what PARW has to say about the CPRW credential.

The Importance Of Earning Your CPRW Credential


Prior to 1990, there was no "standard" by which a resume writer could be judged. Highly experienced resume professionals had no way to distinguish their expertise from those who were less gifted and experienced. To the buying public - the resume client - one resume service was pretty much the same as any other.

During PARW/CC's first year, the association formed a Certification Committee to develop a standard for testing resume writers and awarding the Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) credential to those meeting the standard. The first testing was conducted in 1991, with seven members receiving the CPRW designation.

The result, however, was dramatic. Not only did the general public now have a means of selecting the industry's best résumé professionals, but others in the career field also took notice. Publishers of career books requested that resume samples be submitted exclusively by those with the CPRW credential. University and military career counselors began earning the CPRW credential, as did state Departments of Labor career advisors. In short, the CPRW credential is the Industry Standard for professional resume writers.

Test Consists of Four Modules

Module I - Is a multiple-choice test of industry knowledge and understanding of the resume field in particular.

Module II - Tests command of grammar, spelling, punctuation and proofreading.

Module III - Poses several essay questions to test strategic thinking on issues related to the resume field.

Module IV - Requires that the applicant write a resume and cover letter based upon background information provided on a hypothetical client.

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