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January 2022

by Amanda Brandon, NCOPE – NRWA Newsletter Editor

Welcome to 2022! You’ll see a lighter issue than usual this month, but it’s still packed with powerful content and actionable items.

I hope that you have a prosperous New Year and that you are entering this year well!

I’m also looking for some new members to feature in our Member Spotlight for next year. If you haven’t had a chance to share your business with us, I want to hear from you.

Email me at, and I’ll set you up with our member spotlight columnist.

Amanda Brandon

Amanda Brandon

NRWA - National Resume Writers Association

In This Issue:

  • Perspective: Long Live the King! (Martin Luther King, Jr., that is!) Eustacia English reflects on how we can use MLK’s legacy and national day of service to give back to our communities and set long-range goals.
  • Member Spotlight: Anne Anderson introduces the 2022 Marketing Committee Chair – Kristen Schmidt. You’ll love Kristen’s passion for expanding our audience and her creativity!
  • NCRW Corner: Sally McIntosh gives us a primer on how to proofread our NCRW submissions and the rest of the work we do every day. I loved her tip on reading our documents backward.

Perspective: Long Live the King
(MLK, That Is!)

by Eustacia A. English NRWA DEI Columnist

Wow! Just like that, 2022 is here. I hope you all had an amazing holiday and were able to do what you love. I use the holiday season to connect with family, have Christmas fun with my husband and kids, and reflect on the previous year and prepare for the new year.

During my reflection time, I write in my new planner and prepare for what lies ahead. There’s something about a new year that has always excited me since I was a child. As a child, it was all about staying up late and watching Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve and seeing the big shiny ball drop in New York City. Growing older, I would fall asleep before midnight and wake up the next day feeling renewed.

Eustacia English

Eustacia English

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions and rather focus on goal setting. I get this from my father. As a child and then young adult, my father always had a family meeting on the second Sunday of the new year. A meeting of the minds to talk about our family goals. We discussed a savings plan, school, summer vacations, and any topic my brother and I wanted to add to the discussion.

Click here to read the full article.

NRWA Member Spotlight:
Kristen Schmidt

by Anne Anderson, NRWA Staff Writer

The recent introduction of the NRWA’s new branding makes this the perfect time to introduce you to Kristen Schmidt, NRWA’s 2022 Marketing Committee Chair. Kristen brings to her role invaluable marketing and public relations experience and a passion for hiring and mentoring employees and developing careers. She earned a bachelor of science in journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is pursuing a certificate in diversity, equity, and inclusion at The Ohio State University. She also holds a certificate in culinary arts from the Washburne Culinary and Hospitality Institute.

Kristen is an editor, writer, and branding consultant who operates her own business, Wordschmidt Consulting LLC. She works with a wide variety of clients, some in higher education, arts, and construction. She has an affinity for communicators and creatives, and especially loves working with young professionals and people in the hospitality industry.

Anne Anderson

Anne Anderson

Kristen Schmidt

Kristen Schmidt

The NCRW Corner: How to Proofread Your NCRW Submissions 
by Sally McIntosh, NCRW, NCOPE

The comment graders make most often is, "Proofread. Proofread. Proofread." Many errors can be caught if the document is carefully proofread.

These examples of proofreading errors were found on the internet, primarily in news articles. Back when there were only newspapers, it was unusual to find a writing error. Now, one wonders if anyone proofreads articles before publication online. Some errors will jump out at you, and others are a little harder to find. I did not make up any of these.

1. Are you a finance leader looking to take an international company to the next level while making an impact on patience lives?

Sally McIntosh

Sally McIntosh

How to Proofread Your NCRW Submissions

2. Biden says hell "work like hell" to pass infrastructure, social spending bills.

3. Who was the first professional are & B band?

4. To advertise here, call f presentative in Classified for more information.

5. Britney Spears thanks fans for freeing her from dads control.

6. Bennett is flattered by visibly doesn't know what Cooper is talking about.

7. Whos really behind those Costco Kirkland items?

8. Investigators also seized other prop guns and ammunition that were being for the film starring Baldwin.

How do we become better proofreaders?

New & Renewing Members 

Welcome to our new and renewing members for the month of December 2021! Click here to view the full list.

By the numbers for the month of December:

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The NRWA offers live and on-demand webinars, a self-paced Resume Writing 101 course, teleseminars, and more opportunities for learning throughout the year.


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