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    Toast of the Resume Industry Awards (TORI)

    Registration is now open for the 2024 TORI Awards

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    Each year, CDI hosts the resume writing industry’s most prestigious Toast of the Resume Industry™ (TORI) resume writing competition. The TORI™ Award competition is truly the resume writer’s #1 secret to explosive business growth.

    CDI members are eligible and encouraged to strive for TORI™ awards, because while they help elevate the industry as a whole, they also allow professional resume writers to stand out as leaders in their craft. The TORI™ winner page is CDI’s most popular web page attracting attention from thousands of job seekers worldwide.

    Many winners and nominees state that being listed on that coveted page was like flicking their business switch to a solid ON, allowing them to pick and choose their ideal clients, work on the projects they are passionate about, and charge a premium for their services.

    CDI introduced the TORI™ Awards to the industry in 2000 to celebrate a new standard in excellence through rigorous criteria requirements. While award standards have always been demanding, never before has the resume writing industry embraced the concept of a standardized criteria for resume judging.

    Benefits of the TORI Competition

    It is a great honor to be nominated, but a truly distinguishing accomplishment to be selected as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place TORI Award Winner in each category.

    Imagine you woke up this morning, a morning seemingly like every other morning except for one considerable difference – today you’re swamped with new resume clients who are excited to have the chance to work with you and pay your rates.

    So, what’s so different about today that suddenly your prospects seem to be sold before you even talk to them? Why they appear to be waiting to work with you? Why it’s suddenly so much easier to gain their buy in on the higher rates you are quoting for your services?

    It’s not magic…it’s not a course to take, a certification you need to earn, or even an ad or marketing campaign you need to develop…

    It’s the AWESOME power of taking home a prestigious TORI nomination or award. 

    If that makes you feel skeptical, take a moment and look at the testimonials from your fellow colleagues in the right column of this page.

    While winning or being nominated will change your business forever, there are big wins for ALL who enter!

    Here’s the thing about the TORI Award competition – you need to throw caution to the wind and JUST DO IT! Telling yourself you are not ready, not good enough or worse, too busy, causes you to lose out on an amazing opportunity to challenge yourself, grow, learn, and even surprise yourself!

    It’s a loooong 365 days between each annual competition. Do you really want to wait that long to even challenge yourself and see where you rank in an anonymous review by a panel of industry top performers?

    Not sure the TORIs are for you?

    Listen to this audio recording to learn about:

    Tremendous ROI of being nominated or winning (expect your business to take off overnight).
    Valuable expert-level free member resources you can use to hone your resume writing design skills.
    Judging process.
    Tips on what makes a winning TORI resume.
    Common mistakes that are made with entries and how to easily avoid them.
    Ways to get into the mindset of a TORI resume winner.
    Strategies for making time to enter this year.

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    Here are seven ways you can win just by entering.

    You Win and Overnight You Become a Business Success.

    This one is a no-brainer, unless you discount just how much of a difference a TORI can make. Just read some of the testimonials below if you aren’t sure. It’s a total game-changer.

    You Get Nominated for a TORI and Discover It’s Better Than Any Advertising You Could Ever Do.

    Believe it. You don’t have to just win an award to benefit – making the top five puts you in a class by yourself, as you will rapidly discover.

    You Win Just by Studying Winners.

    Success doesn’t exist in a vacuum so when you prepare for the TORIs and look at former winning resumes, you help yourself see other possibilities and explore new channels for how resumes can be written and designed.

    Spend some time with the TORI winning resumes and your whole idea of wording alone can be broadened immensely. It’s like taking a culinary world tour (if resume were food)!

    Taking a Chance Challenges You and Keeps You in the Game.

    Just like studying the winners, if you look at entering as a chance to elevate your skill, reach further, and present your best of the best, then you are winning in keeping your commitment to growing in your craft alive.

    Being Motivated to Go to the Next Level Charges You Up.

    Ever notice when you go to a live training event you feel charged up and rejuvenated? It’s because you are learning something new and that’s exciting.

    If you dive into the TORIs, study winners, and then look at how you can take your writing to the next level, you ARE rejuvenated. Is that a win? You bet – when you aren’t tired of doing the same old thing, you are eager and alive. You and your clients win!

    Solving Puzzles Builds Brain Muscles, Which Pays Off in the TORIs.

    Just like games like Soduko can challenge and stimulate your brain (and keep it fresh as you age), figuring out why you don’t win a TORI can be your brain-building business success puzzle (and magic bullet).

    IT IS A FACT that when those who don’t win sought feedback, made changes, and kept trying, they started to win at the TORIs. Many multi-time TORI winners were once entrants who previously didn’t even get nominated.

    Not getting nominated or getting nominated and winning is an exciting call to action to gear up and strive for the next level! Don’t let not winning stop you. Accept the challenge. If you do, you really can win, and win big at that!

    There are Multiple Winners Each Year.

    Getting nominated for or winning a TORI works, plain and simple. Otherwise, you wouldn’t see the same names entering year after year (becoming nominees and winners).

    While one TORI award or nomination can (and has) made a whole career, many choose to keep pursuing those wins each year and in multiple categories.

    The beauty is that with ten categories there are 50 chances to get nominated and 30 chances to win. You’re not vying for only one coveted award – there is plenty of opportunity!

    Take the advice of those who have come before you and cover your bases to win at this once-a-year career-making opportunity!

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    Want to Learn How to Improve Your Chances When Entering?

    CDI members have access to a growing library of video lessons from top TORI winners.

    Winners have credited these lessons for giving their design and writing skills the necessary boost.

    From MS Word design and story-based branding to making graphics ATS-friendly, these tools set you up for success.

    Award Categories

    Each year, the TORI Awards Director, in tandem with the CDI Board of Advisors, selects the most applicable categories which best reflect current market trends. CDI members are welcome to contribute one (1) entry to each category. Yes, that means you could enter a regular TORI and a classic TORI category with different resumes appropriate for each category. (See above for explanation of Classic categories).

    The TORI Awards Director will ensure all submissions appear anonymous to the panel of judges so that fair and equitable judging can take place.

    The first tier of judges are all certified resume writers, members of CDI’s resume certification committee, and many former TORI winners. They are responsible for selecting five nominees in each category. A second similar panel of highly-qualified and certified resume writers will then select the first, second, and third place winners in each category, leading to 50 nominees, and 30 total winners.

    The 2024 TORI categories are:

    Just Three Easy Steps to Get Started

    Important Rule: TORI entries must be created solely through your own efforts and the input of your client. However, utilizing a third-person proofreader is acceptable.

    1. Select what categories you plan to enter from the 2024 category list above.
    2. Register online for the number of TORIs you plan to submit. You can start with one in order to receive the submission rules, and then add more categories before the deadline.
    3. Once registered you will receive instructions for fictionalizing, Client permissions, naming, saving, and submitting your resume(s) via email.

    As of 2019 you can now submit entries in A4 size! You can also opt to use any English style you wish as we no longer recommend that it should be US style.

    Refunds will not be issued should you opt not to follow through with entry or submit after the deadline.

    Nominations and winners will be announced once all judging is completed (Dates TBA Oct-Dec).

    You must be a CDI member in good standing to register, be nominated for, or win a TORI.

    Important TORI Deadlines

    Registration for 2024 is now open. If you have already ordered but wish to purchase more categories (up to 10 total), use the orange box below.

    • Registration Deadline: The registration deadline to lock in at least one category and receive entry instructions is Thursday, July 18, 2024. 
    • Submission Deadline: Once registered, you have extra time to submit your entries. The entry submission deadline for those already registered is Wednesday, August 7, 2024 at 5 PM Eastern / 2 PM Pacific time.

    Ready to register?

    Registration for 2024 is now open until Thurs, July 18, 2024. If you have already ordered but wish to purchase more categories (up to 10 total), use the orange box below. Buying at least one category before July 18th gives you instant access to the rules and guidelines, and ensures you have until August 7, 2024 to purchase additional categories and submit entries.

    TORIs are only open to CDI members. Each entry is $25-40 depending on quantity of categories entered. Not a member? Learn more about membership.

    For initial annual TORI purchases made at any one time*:

    You can save, and increase your chances to win, when you purchase multiple category entries at one time! 

    • When you buy 1-3 total categories = $40 US each
    • When you buy 4-7 total categories = $30 US each
    • When you buy 8-10 total categories = $25 US each

    Cart will automatically calculate the discount based on number entered. Please remember there are only ten categories.

    Bonus Remember, if you register for all ten categories in April you will qualify for the Resume Writing Mentorship bonus. $450 value.

    This award competition is
    for current CDI Members.

    Please purchase one category for each entry.

    Already purchased categories this year?

    Use this option if you are adding additional categories after previously registering this year. $35 US each.

    TORI Awards Registration
    with Membership Bundle

    Enter the TORI Awards today by purchasing an annual membership with your registration.

    Access all the benefits of an association membership including the TORI Member Tutorials listed above as well as discounts on most of CDI’s certifications and programs.

    * Rates will not be adjusted for categories entered after the initial TORI registration purchase. Refunds will not be issued should you opt not to enter a purchased category after registering or submit after the deadline. Please plan your time during the several months available for TORI registration and entry to meet the deadlines.

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