Become a Master Resume Writer

  • Validate your expertise as a true master in the resume writing profession; someone who has reached the top tier of the industry.
  • Gain a distinct competitive advantage in capturing new clients since they know that they’ve hired the “best of the best.”
  • Position your business to charge a premium for your resume writing services.
  • Distinguish yourself as a professional resume writer with outstanding skills and a record of success in strategically positioning clients to achieve their career goals.
  • Communicate that you are an expert in all tactical aspects of resume writing, including English language and grammar, formatting, and page design.
  • Boost your confidence in yourself and your resume writing talent.

How do I earn my MRW?

Demonstrate you meet the following credentialing requirements. 
  1. Years of Experience: To be eligible for the MRW, you must have a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in the resume/careers/employment industry.
  2. Resume Writing Certification: This requirement is optional. However, having already earned another professional resume writing certification reduces the number of resumes you must submit in your MRW Portfolio (Requirement #4).
  3. Pass the English Language & Grammar Examination: When you complete the MRW registration process, you will receive an English Language & Grammar Study Guide that will offer all you need to pass the examination.
  4. MRW Portfolio Submission: Certified Resume Writers must submit 5 client presentations; Non-Certified Resume Writers must submit 10 client presentations.

Detailed requirements and verification process.

How do I apply for my MRW?

1. Submit the following materials electronically.

  • Documentation of your 5 years of paid professional resume writing experience (copy of your business incorporation documents, business license, advertisement with date; client receipt; membership certificate, or any other documentation).
  • Copy of your resume writing certificate or diploma.
  • Your MRW portfolio with the resumes you've created in Microsoft Word format. Presenting a well-organized, clearly documented portfolio will enable us to review your materials much more quickly and with fewer questions. It’s to your advantage as well as ours!

2. Take and pass the English Language and Grammar Examination, which will be emailed to you after your payment is submitted.


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Maintaining & Renewing the MRW

The MRW must be renewed every 2 years. Renewal is NOT automatic. It is your responsibility to prepare and submit an updated portfolio for review and feedback. What a great way to ensure you're staying on top of trends!

Renewal Process & Requirements

MRW Revocation Policy

The Career Thought Leader Consortium reserves the right to revoke your MRW if:

  • You do not meet the biennial (every 2 years) renewal requirements.
  • You demonstrate unprofessional, unethical, or unlawful conduct.
  • You are found guilty in a court of law for unlawful or unethical business practices.
How is my MRW portfolio reviewed?

Your English Examination will be graded by the MRW Committee and returned to you by email. If you receive an 80% or better, you will have passed the exam and qualify for your MRW based on a satisfactory review of your MRW Portfolio. If you do not pass, refer back to the detailed description of Requirement #3.

Your completed portfolio will be submitted to the Review Committee for a comprehensive evaluation to determine if your resumes and cover letters meet MRW standards for quality and excellence based on:

  • Proof of your ability to strategically focus each resume on each client’s objectives and precisely position that job seeker for his/her targeted goals.
  • Proof of your ability to write documents that are deep and rich in content.
  • Success in competitively distinguishing your clients from other candidates by showcasing unique qualifications, achievements, projects, contributions, and other best-in-class information.
  • Demonstration of your excellent command of the English language, with specific emphasis on writing and usage, vocabulary, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and related masterful techniques.
  • Diverse, distinguishable, and polished resume formats that differ from resume to resume.
  • Creation of interview-friendly resumes that focus the interviewer’s attention in precisely the right direction based on each candidate’s current objectives.

The Review Committee will make every attempt to review each portfolio within 3 weeks of receipt, with either approval or denial. Any denials will be accompanied by a written statement outlining the Committee’s concerns about your MRW Portfolio. You may resubmit a revised portfolio within 60 days at no additional charge. If your portfolio is still not accepted, your money will not be refunded and you will need to wait 12 months to reapply to allow sufficient time to focus on areas necessary for improvement. When you reapply, you will need to pay an additional $139 to cover the cost of your 3rd portfolio evaluation.

Upon final approval by Committee members, your MRW will be awarded and a certificate forwarded to you. In addition, we will announce your MRW on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and several key Career Thought Leaders online groups and forums.

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