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    Certified Master Resume Writer Credential (CMRW)
    Professional Resume Writing Certification

    The resume industry’s oldest and most prestigious Master-level resume credential.


    There are actors…and then there is Robert DeNiro. There are cars…and then there is the Rolls-Royce. There are rock ‘n roll bands…and then there are The Rolling Stones.

    There are resume writers…and then there are Certified Master Resume Writers.

    Becoming a CMRW means that you are among the very best of the best. That you are a star in the resume writing industry.

    As one of a select group of elite resume writers, your portfolio of work stands out for its innovation, for the advanced formatting that grasps the attention of the reader, and in the superior command of the language that makes every bullet point an unfolding story-a revelation for the reader and a triumph for your clients.

    Certified Master Resume Writers have proven themselves by submitting a portfolio of work that has been judged by a panel of CMRW peers. Professionals who themselves are TORI Award Winners and worldwide leaders of the industry.

    Clients looking for proven talents are looking for you. Executives, Consultants, Entrepreneurs and industry gurus aren’t looking for a standard resume. They are looking for a professional to create value propositions and to establish the vision. A professional who has business savvy, possesses a superior way with words, and can build a compelling case for hiring in a dog-eat-dog world.

    Is that professional you? See what you can do to stamp your mark on the world. Become one of CDI’s elite writers here.

    How the CMRW Process Works

    To apply and qualify for the CMRW, you must meet the following credentialing requirement:

    You must have already earned a recognized resume certification (e.g., CARW, MRW, NCRW, CPRW, CMRS, CRS, MCRS, ACRW).

    You must submit the following materials for consideration:

    1. Choose one of the following:

    • Essay of no less than 1000 words on your philosophy and approach to resume writing, and why you feel you are a qualified candidate to be awarded the CMRW credential. <or>
    • Article of no less than 1000 words on a topic about or relating to resume writing that demonstrates your knowledge and expertise.

    2. Seven (7) professional resumes, one (1) ATS-friendly resume and two (2) cover letter samples along with a brief description for each one of (a) the project situation / challenge, (b) explanation of choices for document style and information inclusion and (c) job seeker results (if known). Preferred topics include*:

    • Executive Resume
    • Career Change Resume
    • New Graduate Resume
    • Technical Resume (e.g., engineer, scientist, technician, IT pro)
    • Professional Resume (e.g., manager, director, physician, account exec.)
    • Re-Entry into the Workforce Resume
    • Resume of Your Choice
    • ATS-friendly Resume of Your Choice
    • Cover Letters (2) of Your Choice

    * Substitutions may be acceptable upon approval. Please contact us at info@nullcareerdirectors.com to evaluate your situation.

    Upon registration, you will receive a copy of CDI’s Resume Writing Guide, a $39.95 value.

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    Application Process

    Pay the credential registration fee of $297.00 (register below).

    Instructions will then be sent to you on preparing your submission via email.

    Application Review Process

    Upon receipt, your application materials will be submitted blind to members of the certification committee for review, analysis, and approval.

    What the committee looks for in terms of big-picture criteria in blind review of portfolio samples:

    • Equal Strengths in Multiple Disciplines: The writer exhibits strengths in writing for all diverse disciplines in the portfolio.
    • Contextual Narrative: Experience and achievements are placed in context to tell a story, not just provide a result.
    • Branding Elements: Documents “humanize” the client by providing elements unique to the individual’s personal brand.
    • Strategy: Documents show that strategic thought has been taken in positioning information for optimum impact.
    • Advanced Visual Appeal: The document stands out due to its elegant or contemporary formatting (Industry specific).

    This review and evaluation period is 4-6 weeks upon which you will be notified of the final status of your application. Portfolios not meeting the standards of the CMRW credential will be counseled on an individual basis to determine appropriate steps for remediation.

    Should more than one additional submission (recognized as a second portfolio) be required to fulfill the needs of the CMRW credentialing process, an added processing fee of $95 will be applied.

    Upon committee approval you will be conferred and awarded the CMRW designation, which will include use of the logo for print and web, sample press release and certificate.

    Certification Timeframe

    The CMRW process allow you to take as long as you need within one calendar year of registration. However, it should take a very short amount of time to gather together most of the required elements as it is primarily an administrative record-keeping process. Please be advised that you must maintain an active CDI membership to complete this certification.

    Sample CMRW-Level Resume and Portfolio Documents

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    Paid Association Member Pricing

    Current association members receive discounts on certifications and programs.

    You receive $100 (25%) off of this certification.

    Not a member?

    Membership in CDI is not required to become a CMRW.

    However, paying members receive:

    • 25% off ($100 discount) on certification registration.
    • Reduced renewal fee.
    • All the benefits of association membership.

    Interested in becoming a member today? You will have the chance to add membership and apply the member discount at checkout.


    All registrants will also receive a copy of CDI’s 113-page Resume Certification Guide.

    The guild will walk you through the ins and outs of today’s marketing resume along with instructions for formatting.

    It also includes multiple resume samples!

    Update Requirements

    We have streamlined our renewal requirements for our advanced credentials (CMRW, CERM, CGRA, CRS+X, CCST).

    To renew your credential you must:

    1. Pay the portfolio review fee of $75 every three years (members) or $130 (non-members) following initial certification.
    2. Submit a portfolio for review of three (3) resumes and a 1-page document (essay or blog post style) accounting for what has changed in this area of resume writing during the past three years and how you have maintained your skills.

    Update requirements are a prerequisite of retaining this credential. CDI reserves the right to revoke this credential if these requirements are not met and maintained.

    Renew now!

    The Certification Committee

    The CMRW 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:

    • Certification Chair: Gayle Howard, CERM, 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
    • Barb Poole, CERM, CMRW, CARW, CCMC, CPRW, PHR, BS – Hire Imaging, Maple Grove, Minnesota
    • Gillian “Jill” Kelly, CERM, CMRW, MRWLAA, CARW, ATSC – Career Edge, Queensland, Australia
    • Erin Kennedy, CERM, CMRW, CPRW – Professional Resume Services, Lapeer, Michigan
    • Darlene Dassy, CERM, CMRW, CARW – Dynamic Resume Solutions, Sinking Springs, Pennsylvania
    • Michelle Lopez, CMRW, CRS+AF, CRS+ME, CARW – One2One Resumes, Western Australia
    • Dawn S. Bugni, CMRW, MRW, CPRW – The Write Solution, Atkinson, North Carolina
    • Carolyn Whitfield, CMRW, CERM, CARW, CEIC, CP-OJSRM – Total Resumes, Tasmania, Australia
    • Scott Nichols, MBA, CERM, CGRA, CPRW, CEIC, CEIP – Advanced Method Resumes & Career Services, Granite Bay, California

    Revocation Policy

    All requirements of CMRW certification, renewal, and/or CDI membership standards must be maintained in order to earn or retain a CDI credential. CDI reserves the right to revoke a CMRW credential for any of the following: Renewal requirements are not maintained and completed within required timelines at the appropriate rate for member/non-member status. Member fails to complete the required 12 consecutive months of membership to qualify for the discounted rate provided at registration and makes no attempt to pay the difference in order to retain said credential. Individual is found guilty in a court of law for a grievance within the industry (unprofessional, unethical, unlawful conduct and/or business practices).

    For more information on the CMRW credential contact CDI at info@nullcareerdirectors.com.

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