I often hear people say “it doesn’t take certification to write a resume” and while it is true that holding a certification won’t necessarily lead to writing success, most always it will help the resume writer gain a better understanding of strategy creation, personal branding + advanced visual appeal techniques, and most importantly career storytelling methodologies.
High-Level Commitment + Subject Matter Expertise
Earning a certification (or 8!) is a personal decision and recertification is not only a renewal of credentials but also my proof of commitment to the resume writing craft. To earn renewal of the Certified Master Resume Writer (CMRW) credential, certified professionals must demonstrate every three years that they have the contemporary resume development skills to write for a broad range of occupations and a thorough understanding of how to present the material for the right audience. This master-level certification is the pinnacle level of competency for CDI and requires the writer to validate their knowledge and experience in contemporary resume writing to a certification committee.
Unanimously Passed CMRW Portfolio
From CDI: The Certification Committee unanimously passed your submissions, commenting on the strength of your writing, your ability to write for a broad range of occupations, and your obvious understanding of how to present the material for the right audience.
I could write a book showcasing all the documents I’ve fixed after someone who wasn’t qualified or certified ‘helped’ a job seeker pull together their career history. For the past two decades, I’ve helped management to C-level clients transition into their targeted new role faster by harnessing the power of the written word, leveraging up-to-date resume writing techniques, and deploying a current understanding of modern trends and best practices in personal branding, career management, and communications.
CPRW + Global Certifications That Take Candidates to the Top of the Pile
In addition to recertification as a CMRW, I have achieved Certification as a Certified Career Storyteller, CCST (one of five in the world and the first and only CCST in Indiana); Certified Executive Resume Master, CERM (one of two in Indiana); Nationally Certified Online Profile Writer, NCOPE; Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW); earned recognition for Top Career website (Career Igniter’s); and won a Toast of the Resume Industry (TORI) award in 2019. I was honored to serve as a judge for the 2020 TORI competition.
To learn more about Tammy Shoup, visit her website at www.breakthroughresumes.com.