What Are Resume Writing Certifications? (Why Are They Important?)

If you’ve been researching executive resume writing firms, you’ve seen executive resume writers touting their certifications.

Most executive resume writers have at least one certification, and many have more.

Why Certifications Matter

Earning certifications requires taking some combination of tests and/or writing evaluations. A certified resume writer may have had to take and pass a course or submit a portfolio of their work. In some cases, they must create a resume and cover letter based on the certification body’s client sample.

Most certifications require completing a certain number of Continuing Education Units (CEU) over two or three years to maintain the certification. This practice helps to ensure that the resume writer is continually learning.

Is a certified professional resume writer better than one who’s not?

That depends.

Certifications are just one qualification. Experience, training, and ongoing professional development are other factors to consider.

Several industry associations offer national and international memberships. Each offers industry-recognized certifications in resume writing or LinkedIn profile writing, or both. (Following is a list of industry-recognized associations and a partial list of the credentials they offer. Click on the association links to review a full list of their certifications)

Recognized Industry Associations/Certifications

National Resume Writers’ Association (NRWA)

Certifications: Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW), Nationally Certified Online Profile Expert (NCOPE)

Career Directors International (CDI)

Certifications: Certified Advanced Resume Writer (CARW), Certified Master Resume Writer (CMRW), Certified Graphic Resume Architect (CGRA), Certified Employment Interview Consultant (CEIC)

Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches (PARWCC)

Certifications: Certified Professional Resume Writer (PARW), Certified Employment Interview Professional (CEIP), Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC)

Career Thought Leaders (CTL) Resume Writing Academy

Certifications: Master Resume Writer (MRW), Certified Career Transition Coach (CCTC), Certified Personal Branding Strategies (CPBS)

The Academies (coaching only)

Certifications: Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC), Certified Executive & Leadership Development Coach

Other Credentials

While most executive resume writers have at least one resume writing certification. Many executive resume writers have earned interview coaching and LinkedIn profile writing certifications as well. Some career professionals in coaching.

It’s also important to examine the resume writer’s industry experience, education, and prior career. A former journalist or former recruiter brings particular skills and perspective. A resume writer who has worked in your field brings additional knowledge.

Even if friends or family have given you a referral, conduct your research. Speak to a few resume writers before deciding. You’ll be working on essential career marketing documents together, so it’s vital to make sure you “click.”

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