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Credentials Needed to Become a CV Writer

By: Angelique Caffrey - Updated: 21 Sep 2012 | comments*Discuss
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There are a number of ways that CV writers market themselves, and one of those is by highlighting their credentials.

Though there isn’t one specific credential that has more “pull” than another, it’s important for the would-be consumer of CV writing services to familiarise him- or herself to the acronyms and titles that exist.

Below are a few of the terms common used in CV writing adverts. As always, though, it’s important to look at many factors when deciding which CV writing service to choose.

Professional CV Writers

It may sound impressive to work with a “professional” or “senior” CV writer, but, truth be known, this is a moniker that does not necessarily mean much from a credentialing standpoint. Basically, it’s a title that any CV writer could add to a business card or website; that being said, it doesn’t mean that the CV writer is not an incredible professional deserving of your business.

Consequently, if you decide to seriously investigate working with a professional CV writer, look beyond the impressive-sounding designation and ask him or her some pointed questions, such as:

  • Where did you obtain your training to be a professional CV writer?
  • How long have you been writing CVs and/or resumes?
  • Have you ever worked with someone in my field before?

By acting diligently and asking questions, you’ll be able to see if the professional CV writer is, in fact, a person in whose hands you can entrust your confidential information.

Certified Professional Resume Writers (CPRW)

Although the term “resume” is rarely used in the UK, it’s commonly interchanged in the US with the term “CV”. Thus, some CV writers across the UK have begun to obtain CPRW credentials to boost their qualifications.

What you need to know about the CPRW label is that there isn’t one body that provides the CPRW accreditation, nor is there a standard CPRW curriculum that all CPRW designees pass. Consequently, it’s difficult for you as the potential client to know whether or not the CV writer with the CPRW credential is reliable or not based merely on the CPRW designation.

Professional Association of Resume Writers (PARW)

There is an international body of professionals – the Professional Association of Resume Writers (PARW) – that has been around for nearly 20 years. And many CPRWs may try to attract clientele by stating their membership in this organisation.

If a CV writer has CPRW credentialing in addition to PARW membership, it’s at least probable that he or she is serious about the field. Most people who obtain CPRW designations do so because they want to work in the industry.

Career Coaches (CC)

A further acronym – CC – has cropped up in adverts for CV writers. The “CC” designation indicates that the individual has passed a certification to call him- or herself a “career coach.” Ostensibly, being a CC enables the person to help clients more easily forge ahead in their chosen industries.

The big question is whether or not the “CC” title has meaning. Obviously, if you’re only looking for a basic CV, it may hold little weight. However, if you’re searching for someone who can help you with interviewing skills and career assistance, a “CC” might offer an advantage.

One Final Note

Regardless of the credentials any CV writer offers you, always ask to see examples of his or her work. Those speak louder than any designations. Use your head, use your instincts and be prepared.

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