Thank you to our ROAR Awards Committee: Steven Bouchard, Kimberly Schneiderman, Norine Dagliano, Cheryl Minnick, August Cohen, and Kevin Morris.
The NRWA Résumé-Writing Competition
Calling all Résumé Writers!
The third annual ROAR competition will accept entries until AUGUST 7
The NRWA will be officially accepting your submissions to our third annual résumé-writing competition: Recognizing Outstanding Achievement in Résumés (ROAR).
Both members and nonmembers may submit entries in the following categories:
See the orange box at the bottom of the page for complete category descriptions.
The winner(s) in each category will be announced at the Annual Conference and awarded with:
By submitting entries to this contest, you agree to the following rules:
o "EC" - Experienced Résumé Writers (more than 5 years in business): CREATIVE Design
o “EM” - Experienced Résumé Writers (more than 5 years in business): MODERN CLASSIC Design
o “NC” - New Résumé Writers (up to 5 years in business): CREATIVE Design
o “NM” - New Résumé Writers (up to 5 years in business): MODERN CLASSIC Design
- Fictional Candidate's Name (First Last)
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 résumé-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 résumé in the competition is:
What do we mean by "Creative Design" and "Modern Classic Design"?Creative Design: Think color and formatting. Graders will be evaluating the visual elements as well as the content. Is your résumé visually exciting to look at while still delivering solid content, strong strategy, and ease of reading? Use your imagination, but make sure the résumé promotes the candidate’s talent, not just a fun design.
Modern Classic: This resume will have a familiar, yet strategic structure and layout. Fonts will be standard and sections will be in alignment with broadly accepted best practices and layout should allow reader to immediately find information often looked for by recruiters. Graders will be evaluating strategy, content, ease of reading, and spacing/layout.