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Recognizing Outstanding Achievement in Résumés (ROAR) Annual Competition

The 2022 ROAR Competition is now open for submissions!

NRWA ROAR Award - Recognizing Outstanding Achievement in ResumesClick here to enter the 2022 ROAR Competition

Registration is now open and entries will be accepted through midnight, ET, August 9, 2022.

Sara Timm, ROAR Award Winner“I cannot stress how positive of an experience winning a ROAR Award has been for me. I was honored to win such a prestigious award from the world's only nonprofit, member-driven, resume writers' organization. I debated on entering for a couple of years and decided last year I would go for it, and I’m so glad I did. The response from the membership and my peers was inspiring. Winning this award boosted my confidence and credibility and afforded me many opportunities to advance my career goals. I recently launched another business in my new home state of Colorado. Most importantly to me, this award is a testament to the commitment to best resume writing practices and training programs offered through the NRWA.”

Sara Timm, Colorado Resume and DFW Resume
ROAR Winner, 2021

Earn recognition for your creativity, exceptional writing skills, and mastery of resume standards by entering the 8th Annual Recognizing Outstanding Achievement in Resumes (ROAR) competition now!

Submissions will be accepted now through Tuesday, August 9.

Launched in 2015, the ROAR awards celebrate exceptional writing and creativity in resume writing. Each year, NRWA members submit their finest work for consideration across a variety of relevant categories, building upon ROAR's reputation as an industry standard for excellence.

In addition to the honor of being acknowledged as the "best of the best" in resume writing, this year's ROAR competition winners will receive:

  • One-year membership renewal in the NRWA for each winning entry (maximum of two years).
  • Formal recognition at the 2022 Conference in New Orleans!
  • Promotional exposure through the NRWA newsletter, website, national press release, and social media.
  • Exclusive ROAR Competition Badge to display on websites, in email signature blocks, LinkedIn profiles, advertisements, and other business marketing and  promotional materials.

How to Submit a Resume to the ROAR competition:

  • Entries must be submitted in PDF format and an original Word document.
  • Only one submission per category is allowed for each contestant.
  • Each entry must be one continuous document that includes the resume, followed by a page break, then a final page (or two) that includes the job description the resume is targeting and a paragraph that explains your strategy for developing the resume.
  • Client names, contact information, company name, and optional description must be fictionalized.
  • Entry file names must be in the following format:

“ROAR2022_CategoryCode_WriterLastName_WriterFirstName_ClientFirstName_ClientLastName.PDF”

“ROAR2022_CategoryCode_WriterLastName_WriterFirstName_ClientFirstName_ClientLastName.docx”

Example: ROAR2022_EXEC_Doe_Jane_Mickey_Mouse.pdf AND ROAR2022_EXEC_Doe_Jane_Mickey_Mouse.docx


By submitting entries to this contest, you agree to the following rules:

  • Contestants must be NRWA members in good standing.
  • Each contestant may enter one resume per category.
  • Resume submissions must represent the work of the contestant. A business owner may not submit a resume on behalf of an employee or subcontracted writer. The writer must submit the resume in their name. In addition, any resumes found to contain plagiarized content will be disqualified from the competition.
  • Winning resume submissions will be published at the discretion of the NRWA. They may appear on our website and social media accounts, and on display at the 2022 NRWA Annual Conference.
  • Decisions of the judging committee will be final.
  • Submissions received after midnight, ET, August 9, 2022 will not be accepted.

Submission Instructions

  • Submit entries, with payment, via the website registration form. Cost for each submission is $25.
  • If a technical issue should impede your registration, please contact [email protected]
  • Failure to comply with any of the submission instructions will automatically disqualify the submission.

Click here to enter the 2022 ROAR Competition

Categories:

  • New Graduate/Entry-Level (Category Code: NEW)
  • Trades (Category Code: TRADE)
  • Professional (Category Code: PROF)
  • Mid-Level Manager (Category Code: MM)
  • Executive (Category Code: EXEC)
  • Military transition (Category Code: MILI)
  • Return to work after long gap. (Category Code: RTW)
  • Fictional Client (Details of fictional client at this link) (Category Code: FICT)

Judging Criteria

Each entry will be “blind-judged” (contestants' names and   identities are removed prior to judging) and assigned a point value based on the following criteria:

  • Positioning, strategy, and creativity (15 points) *
  • Layout, design/format, and readability by the human reader and the ATS reader (20 points)*
  • Keyword optimization for the target (15 points) *
  • Technical writing accuracy and grammar (30 points) *
  • Value focus with specific accomplishments (20 points) *

Resumes receiving a cumulative score of 85 or higher will be considered for an award.

*Refer to The NCRW Study Guide for resume-writing concepts and best practices
and The Gregg Reference Manual for grammar/composition rules.

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