The third quarter of 2022 brought new educational opportunities to the NRWA. The board voted to offer Resume Writing 101 course as a member benefit to elevate membership value and the quality of work provided by resume writers. RW 101 is a self-paced learning program that delivers practical, ready-to-use resume writing tips to improve your skills, whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting out in the field. NRWA members can access the course after January 1, 2023.
And then there’s a new class. Kathy Keshemberg, Certification Chair introduced Writing Excellence Foundations, six hours of instructor-led training that begins with how to execute the discovery process and plan the document strategy and culminates with best practices for developing and formatting modern resumes and cover letters. Find out more about this class at https://www.thenrwa.org/Writing-Excellence-Foundations.
The NRWA is excited to announce a partnership with Elizabethtown College which is now setting up a landing page with NRWA information. The NRWA will provide all Elizabethtown students with discounted (membership) pricing for its’ online webinars. (Amount TBD.) Elizabethtown College will provide a 10% tuition discount off the per-credit rate for all School of Graduate and Professional Studies undergraduate and graduate degree program offerings. Courses at the discounted rate are offered through the accelerated adult degree program and do not apply to programs outside of the SGPS. Classes are offered 100% online as well as blended course options at Elizabethtown College.
This fall, Immediate Past President Kathi Fuller and Past President Lorraine Beaman set up a partnership with Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, offering virtual review resumes through December. Many RWA members volunteered for these reviews.
Strategic planning for the next 3 years has also been a matter of focus for the board in the third quarter. Rob Rosales, President-Elect has been spearheading this initiative and when asked about the future, he sees distinct pillars of focus:
1st Pillar (focus area): Membership – We are a member-driven organization, our members are the foundation. We must address the needs of our diverse membership.
2nd Pillar: Identity – As the industry continues to evolve, so must the NRWA. To keep pace with the ever-changing needs of our members and their clients, we must consider the best option to position the organization within the greater career community. We must strategically meet the needs of our diverse membership so they can meet the needs of their equally diverse clients.
3rd Pillar: Infrastructure – To continue to stay relevant, we must reinvest in infrastructure. In doing so, we will strengthen our ability to deliver value and a quality experience to our membership.
Rob went on to say that since we have 3 member segments that have unique needs: entry-level members, experienced members, and older members who are winding down in their careers / businesses, we have to understand and meet their unique needs. We need more help to do it. As an example, Jean Austin, Education Chair, has revamped the educational programming for 2023 designed specifically to meet the needs of all our constituencies.
The board also welcomed Tanya King Floyd to fill the open position of Partnership Chair. The Partnership Chair promotes strong relationships with existing affiliate members and sponsors to ensure that each receives the benefits and value of their support of the NRWA. The role also identifies and solicits new affiliate members and sponsors and advocates for affiliate members and sponsors to resolve issues and enhance value, in collaboration with other board members and the administrative team.