Here are the details of
each module to be completed following sample approval and
registration for part two (testing):
Resume and Cover Letter
Creation: Certification candidates are sent notes in MS
on two fictional candidates and asked to create a resume and
cover letter for each one. One file contains client worksheets
that have been completed and the other file contains raw notes.
It is important that candidates can write effectively in
both situations. Candidates have seven (7) business days to
complete both resumes and cover letters.
Short-Essay Questions on
Client Information Gathering Strategies: If the candidate passes
Part Two of the certification process (resume and cover
letter development as described above), they will be asked to
respond to a series of short essay questions probing the
methods used to gather the necessary information to write a
winning resume. The answers to these questions help the
committee to better understand the candidate’s target
audience, and reveal how the writer translates the information
culled from these questions into a superior marketing tool.
Candidates have three (3) business days to submit their
Final Exam: If the
candidate passes Part Three of the certification process,
they will be sent the final exam to determine their mastery of
spelling and grammar and assess skills around client
information gathering and interpretation, and writing and
design strategy. Candidates have 60 minutes to submit
their answers to the certification committee.
Review Answers to
Commonly Asked CARW Questions.
CDI’S expectation is that all candidates seeking CARW
certification have previously studied and practiced the art of
resume writing. The candidate's knowledge of the necessary competencies
may come from the books the committee recommends as preparation
tools, or actual paid or unpaid writing experience. While there
is no hard and fast rule concerning the years of experience a writer
should have before taking the exam, the CDI certification
committee recommends that the
certification candidate has at least one year of writing
experience prior to taking the exam.
CDI-APPROVED RESUME SAMPLES
The following resumes represent the pinnacle of performance
in resume writing. While some of these demonstrate high-end
formatting and graphics, which exceed that required for the CARW,
we believe you should be aware of and strive for the best!
MEMBER REGISTRATION -
NON-MEMBER REGISTRATION -
Includes one year of
individual membership* ($237 value) to Career Directors International:
Your Pathway to Success, rich with
ongoing support, networking, and new information.
The CARW Certification must be renewed every two (2) years by
earning 30 industry-related continuing education units (CEUs).
This can be completed through a variety of activities such as: employment-related book reviews,
career-related community service, completing related coursework
or study, publishing resumes, and/or authoring articles /
materials on resume writing. View the
Form for more information.
The renewal fee is $50.00.
Renewal Form now.
Why is renewal necessary?
craft of resume writing is dynamic and is swiftly changing with
the advances in computer technology and applicant tracking /
scanning as well as emerging legal issues involving resume
fraud. These are just a few concerns that make it necessary for
professionals to demonstrate ongoing education and knowledge of
modern resume writing techniques.
WHAT MEMBERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT
“Wow - accessed the document and
started reading last night - what a great guide - love the
flowcharts - does help to see how certification works.
Punctuation and Grammar section
also helped to clarify some rules that I wasn't sure about. Also
didn't know about widows and orphans!
International guide is useful to
see how resumes are done outside of Australia - didn't realize
there are so many differences in preferences for content, layout
Congrats to contributors for a
wonderful job on this guide - it is exceptional!
I am really looking forward to
working through this certification.”
Hastings, employment CHOICE
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"In Australia there are a lot of
writers who don't have resume writing credentials, so I find
being a member of CDI sets me apart from the pack. Clients
acknowledge my credentials and affiliations and realize that I
have something more to offer than the average writer. I can't
remember the amount of times clients have said 'I chose you
because of your qualifications and affiliations' or 'I didn't
want to put my future in the hands of an amateur as this is my
dream job and I want someone who knows what they're doing'.”
ABOUT THE CERTIFICATION
The CARW credentialing program was restructured under the
guidance of the CDI's highly-talented, global
Certification Committee. Hand-picked to represent the
best-of-the-best of the industry and its various resume
certification procedures, the committee's members include:
Gayle Howard, CMRW, MRWLAA, MCD, MCPLAA, MRW, CPRW, CCM, BIC, HRCC, CWPP, CARW
- Top Margin Resumes Online, Melbourne, Australia
Patricia Duckers, CMRW, CPRW, CEIP, CWPP, CFRW,
CFRWC, MFCC, MFCC/T, MMRW - CareerPro Global, Inc., Edison, New Jersey
Annemarie Cross, CMRW, MRWLAA, CPRW, CEIP, CECC, CWPP, CCM -
Advanced Employment Concepts, Victoria, Australia
Barb Poole, CMRW, CARW, CCMC,
CPRW, PHR, BS - Hire Imaging, Maple Grove, Minnesota
Gillian "Jill" Kelly,
CMRW, MRWLAA, CARW,
ATSC - Career Edge, Queensland, Australia
Erin Kennedy, CMRW, CPRW -
Professional Resume Services, Lapeer, Michigan
Darlene Dassy, CMRW, CARW -
Dynamic Resume Solutions, Sinking Springs, Pennsylvania
Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter, CMRW, MRW, CPRW, CEIP -
CareerTrend, Gordonville, Texas
For more information contact CDI at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 321-752-0442.
*CDI membership is a prerequisite for registration. For more information on
membership visit the
The CARW is only granted to members of the CDI in good
standing, and the CARW certification is forfeited if a member
does not remain in good standing.