Find your perfect career marketing strategy, with Julie Walraven!

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Are you ready for the next step in your career?

Or have you hit a roadblock with your job search?

  • I am Julie Walraven, a multi-certified professional resume writer, who transforms your job search by working collaboratively with you to create your eye-popping, value-driven resume and LinkedIn Profile.

Use Select your Resume Package chart below to choose the best strategic career marketing solutions for your particular career path and experience! You will discover renewed confidence in your abilities and talents. For those seeking only the resume and cover letter rather than a full job search strategy, I also offer Resume Writing Services for all career levels.

  • Call 715-574-5263 or email to learn more.
  • Or book an appointment on my calendar with my Calendly scheduling app to discuss your project and career goals. The 20 minute prospect call option will give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about services.

Committed professionals understand that their career is worth the investment of both their time and their finances.

“It has been a whirlwind since you completed my resume, many changes to the organization in light of the merger, a busy market, and as well many folks making decisions to leave versus stay. For me, an offer was made that I will be accepting. I can tell you my resume has been met with rave reviews so I trust you implicitly, have recommended you, and will be a customer for life as I may need to re-engage you.”

Look at the Select Your Resume Package options above and then call me at 715-574-5263 or you can email me.

Select your Resume Package to get your job search or career change working for you!

  • I teach you the secrets of successful networking, interviewing, and job search strategies.
  • Is it time to invest in your career, yourself and your future?

My interactive and collaborative writing process makes me your partner in your job search. Together, we write collaboratively while I interview you to find your resume success stories, contributions, and value to your next employer. I work with clients who choose to meet with me in my Wausau, Wisconsin office or virtually with clients throughout the United States using Skype or WebEx.

Looking for customized packages?  Call me to configure your package to best match your job search and/or entrepreneurial career marketing needs.

Gift Certificates in any amount can be purchased. Call me at 715-574-5263.

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Resume Writing Services

Are you looking for resume writing services?

At Design Resumes, your resume writing services are provided by working directly with me, Julie Walraven, a triple-certified professional resume writer and career professional. We use my unique interactive, interview-based process to uncover your talents and skills. Each package also includes your targeted cover letter to help you win the job you really want.

Want more services? Looking for LinkedIn profile writing?

Click Here to find my comprehensive career marketing packages on my Select the Resume Package page.

resume writing servicesMy four career marketing package offerings, which also include the resume writing services, are designed with a strategic job search philosophy. Job seekers need a robust mix of job search tools to be successful in today's economy.

Questions about working together for your resume writing services? Use the app below to schedule a convenient time to talk or call me at 715-574-5263 (Central Time Zone)

  • resume writing servicesCertified Executive Resume Master (CERM) — 2015
  • Certified Career Enlightenment LinkedIn Writer — 2015
  • Certified Master Resume Writer (CMRW)  — 2014
  • Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW)  — 2003

Certified Career Enlightenment LinkedIn WriterThank you Julie for everything you've done and for believing in me when I needed it the most. ~ M.L., Teacher

Beginning Job Seeker Resume & Cover Letter Services

$337.00 USD

  • Geared for new graduates and entry-level workers, just starting out in the workforce. You will experience a personal one-on-one coaching and resume writing sessions that allow you to ask questions and help me tailor your resume for the jobs you desire.
  • Salary range for this option is $25,000 to $38,000.
  • Your targeted (this isn't a one-size-fits-all resume) and branded resume created with a unique-to-you design and written to capture the stories of your accomplishments.
  • Known for my teaching style of resume writing, you benefit from the job search strategies I teach throughout the resume writing process.

Enterprising Professional Resume & Cover Letter Services

$457.00 USD

  • You are on your way! Whether in healthcare, manufacturing, information technology, sales or construction, you have begun to advance and are looking for ways to capture the attention of hiring managers.
  • Salary range for this option is $38,001 to $62,000.
  • Designed for the upwardly moving professional on your way to a successful career and ready to showcase your talents in your resume.
  • My clients are winners who understand that investment in job search and resume writing pays off in quicker hires and higher salaries.

Soaring Executive Resume & Cover Letter Services

$697.00 USD


You are on the path to the executive suite. You are ready to transition into  the role of director or vice president or move on to a new organization to use your executive level skills.

  • Salary range for the Soaring Executive Resume and Cover Letter is $62,001 to $132,000.
  • You are ready to balance risk-taking and decision-making, with confidence!
  • You need to identify what sets you apart from those who have not risen to this level of leadership.
  • You have learned to use organizational power and wise executive leadership.
  • You are a fearless champion of innovation and technology.

C-Level Executive Resume and Cover Letter Services


Your resume needs to capture the definitive value you bring to an organization! Showcase your comprehensive leadership skills in your field and as a key player in the executive management team. I can do that! As a Certified Executive Resume Master, I am your connection to the resume writing services you need to make that positive impact in your job search.

  • Salary range for the Exceptional Executive Resume and Cover Letter is $132,001 and up.
  • Designed exclusively for those in senior leadership roles or aspiring to C-Level executive positions.
  • You have reached the pinnacle of your career and need to specify exactly what makes you a match for your new C-Level position.
  • You have matured in a competitive landscape and grown up as an executive who desires to live with integrity, you want to share your success stories in your resume.
  • You want to create a compelling resume, rich with the insight you have garnered throughout your career.

New! Each of the resume writing services also includes a complimentary DISC assessment, the resume & cover letter version. This assessment will help me get to know you better and provide substantial value to you in your job search process. I have been an Authorized DISC Administrator since 2002.

ProfilingPro-LogoYour DISCstyles Report will help you learn about your natural characteristics. You will confirm strengths you may be aware of and realize some you have not yet identified. You will learn how to relate the value that all your natural strengths bring to the workplace and how they impact your ideal work environment. Recognizing these aspects of your style will help you make a positive impact on the interviewer. It will also improve your chances of a good “fit” in a job that you will enjoy going to each day.

I help job seekers transform their resumes and job search strategies in interactive, solution-driven strategic planning sessions. To see how my resume writing services can help you, call me (Julie Walraven) at 715-564-5263 or email

OR book a call on my calendar with my Calendly scheduling app

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Let me Write Your Resume

Do you keep applying for your dream job but the silence from hiring managers is deafening or "no thank you" rejections are piling up?

Let me write your resume! Take charge of your job search and hire me, Julie Walraven, a triple-certified resume writer with more than 30 years of custom resume writing and career marketing experience.

The resume is the beginning point.

When you choose to become my client, we work together on all the critical components of a job search. In addition to your resume, when you buy one of the packages (Silver, Gold, Platinum, or Premium), you select the specific services you need. All four of my packages include Linked Profile Writing and Optimization as well as my unique LinkedIn tour and coaching. All packages (and the resume writing services) now include a DISC profile and my DISC consultation.

What Services do you provide?Let me write your resume - Certified Executive Resume Writer

  • Interview coaching
  • Networking coaching
  • Job search coaching
  • Executive bios
  • Mini bios
  • Coaching on how to write captivating articles that position you as a subject matter expert for LinkedIn's Pulse blog option.
  • Many other services, check them out here.

Is your job search generating interviews and job offers?

If your goal is to let me write your resume and cover letter, here is the link to the resume writing services. 

Agree that you need more robust services? Follow the link to Select your resume package! Determine the package that best fits your needs. 

As a client, you commit to one-on-one sessions where I discover your talents, value, and accomplishments and retarget, rebrand and repurpose your job search. The number of calls and offers my clients receive often result in "substantial job offers."

Personalized & Interactive Resume Writing

Let me write your resume - Certified Master Resume Writer (CMRW)Successful job seekers love our personalized meetings we use to let me write your resume. By using my project roadmap and interactive interview-style resume writing process, you know exactly how your resume meets your career goals.

Client-Immersed Resume Writing Process

My client-immersed process of resume development and writing allows me to work directly with clients in my Wausau, Wisconsin office or in a LIVE online session via Skype or WebEx to complete your resume, cover letters or LinkedIn profile. A wide array of other services complements the resume. See the ALL NEW Select your resume package matrix.

Julie Walraven - Let me write your resume!How long does it take?

You are unique! In 60 minute or 90-minute sessions, when you let me write your resume, your resume is the first stage of your services. Depending on your career path, your story, how ready you are, and whether you are entry-level or executive, your resume requires between 3 to 8 hours to create. 

What is your process?

  • I design your resume plan and project collaboratively with you using my project roadmap.
  • Interactive LIVE resume writing and job search coaching. You watch your project evolve from a blank page to your value-infused professional resume along with selected job search strategies that fit your needs.
  • By using investigative interviewing, we uncover your unique value!

How do I pay?

  • Payment is required prior to project start!
  • Pay using your PayPal account or your credit cards. (other options available)
  • If you use PayPal Credit, PayPal pays me immediately but you have up to 6 months to pay at 0% interest.

Let me write your resume - Certified Professional Resume WriterCurious to find out if my process works for you?

  • Call 715-574-5263. If I am with a client or unable to take your call, I will call you back. Or Email me to schedule a conversation time.

    Or book a call on my calendar with my Calendly scheduling app here.


  • If you prefer, the handy form below will help get the conversation started.

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  • You invested many dollars in your son or daughters college education. Invest in giving them the right start by partnering them with Julie Walraven, Multi-certified Resume Writer. Julie's interactive process allows your graduate the opportunity to fully participate in coaching sessions while she writes their resume, creates their LinkedIn profile, or coaches them in strategic job search techniques. Provide them a door to their future with purchase of one of Design Resumes' resume writing gift certificates!
  • You have a friend or family member and don't know what to buy them for their birthday, Mother's Day, or Father's Day? Christmas? A career marketing makeover may be just the ticket! The gift that keeps on giving as they land the job of their dreams. Give one of Design Resumes' resume writing gift certificates!
  • You want to help a family member or friend looking for a job and you don't know how! Give one of Design Resumes' resume writing gift certificates!
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Resume writing Gift CertificatesOne of the Design Resumes resume writing gift certificates is the perfect gift for a Birthday, Graduation, Anniversary, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Christmas, or Just Because!

It's simple, decide how much you would like to give. When the gift certificate recipient books services, one of Design Resumes' resume writing gift certificates will be redeemed as part or all of the payment.

Perfect for the person who is just starting a career, changing positions, or unemployed! Resume writing gift certificates can be redeemed for any of Design Resumes's packages. Packages include LinkedIn profile writing and coaching, networking strategies, interview advice and coaching, executive bios, and more.

What better gift than a boost for success in their job search?

Review the Select your resume package options and e-mail me at or call 715-574-5263 to buy resume writing gift certificates in any amount.

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When Depression Takes Over

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A client contacted me recently and told me she had multiple job offers even after she accepted her new position. Wow! Wonderful! The resume I wrote for her got plenty of attention and results!

Then she told me the back story. She became my client in mid-January, after being laid off in December from a position she had for more than 18 years.

The resume went together well and we showcased some great accomplishments. She told stories well and we had a specific target for her search and we also positioned the resume to be multi-functional so she could apply for other similar opportunities in her field. At the time, she seemed to grasp the concept of networking.

She struggled

Then I didn’t hear from her until a few weeks ago. After she met with me initially in January, she struggled. Buoyant when she left, later when she didn’t have instantaneous results, she wondered if she made a mistake investing in a professional resume when she had other bills to pay.

The impact of losing the job after so many years of playing a major role with her organization hit her hard. Depression set in and just as the commercials depict, she detached from reality. A highly attractive individual with high standards both personally and professionally, noted as one who prided herself on clean living spaces, she let everything dissolve as she hardly dragged herself out of bed in the morning and found it hard to shower or do laundry.

She wondered if she would ever find another job

She felt like many job seekers feel, especially after a successful career where they felt valued and a critical part of their organization’s mission and successes. Facing the dismal economic conditions that have plagued the United States and much of the world since late 2007, she wondered if she would ever find another job. Family members worried about her but she retreated.

Reach out and call someone

Had she called me in February when she was feeling so blue, I would have told her that she was not so different from other job seekers. I would have told her that even I as a business owner feel that way sometimes when the phone doesn’t ring and e-mails don’t fill my box.

She did snap out of it and started making contacts and soon she was back in the work force and still getting results from the contacts she made earlier. But I was reminded how often we don’t know the signs of someone who is depressed.

When you are struggling with those feelings, you do need to reach out and call someone and let them know. Sometimes the person struggling may not be able to make the call. If you have a family member or friend fighting depression, they may not rebound on their own like my client did.

Jason Alba’s popular post, Depression Clouds Everything describes how he felt as a job seeker in the early days after he lost his job. He said:

“but day after day, the rejection, the self-doubt, all the bad stuff that happens when your world is turned upside down, the emotions where clouding things. Judgment was clouded, because I was desperate. Performance was clouded because I was scared. I certainly wasn’t used to dealing with these emotions, especially week after week.”

Jason gives an extensive list of resources in his post: Job Search Depression.

This economy has been hard on us all, job seekers and business owners alike. Recovery is slow and challenging but with the right strategies and career marketing materials, job seekers are going back to work.

Don’t let depression take over your life, make a positive step to reach out!

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23 Responses to When Depression Takes Over

  1. […] they feel lost and out of control. At that point, they can spiral into a depression-like response. True depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain and you should seek professional help if you or someone you […]

  2. […] better or differently but one of the contributing factors to the challenges for job seekers is that depression often sets in. Clinical or not, when an individual feels hopeless and slides into depression, it […]

  3. […] Every day I run into job seekers somewhere who are disillusioned. They are trying so hard and can’t seem to keep their momentum going. This economy has made it hard for everyone from job seeker to entrepreneur to the elderly with investments. It is easy to get disillusioned and sometimes that leads to people giving up or worse. […]

  4. […] when you have to roll with the punches! If you choose to give in at this point, it is easy to slide into depression and not be able to cope with every day life. But we have choices too. As much as sometimes it is […]

  5. […] How often do individuals in transition go through a similar path! Losing a job is a blow, but a job seeker often starts out thinking, “I’m special! I have experiences and talent that many companies would like!” Unless this individual is one of the lucky few who land a job within a few short weeks, optimism wanes as the résumés are sent out and no employment offers come. Even when trying to stay positive and learn something from the rejection, the outlook on the job hunt can be downright depressing. […]

  6. […] unhappiness about a job is to give in to despair and hopelessness, which can potentially morph into depression. That doesn’t make the situation any better; it just magnifies the worst of it in your […]

  7. Hi Christine, I think that the environment that we are in right now with a worldwide recession in varying stages of being over, many people are struggling with depression. Whether real or not, fear takes over thinking we are not able to solve whatever problem we are facing. Depression can follow very quickly.

    Knowing that you are not alone, makes life easier to deal with.

  8. Hi Julie

    I really enjoyed this post. I’m really glad that your client came through and was able to take advantage of the support you’d given her.

    These are tough times for all of us. It is really challenging to keep believing that we are okay when all the outward signs we’ve ever taken as indicators aren’t endorsing that. There’s just such a need at the moment for us all, as individuals towards ourselves and to others, whether that’s in a professional capacity or not, to be supportive of our fellow human beings.

    Well done for raising the flag on this. The more it’s discussed the more we’ll be able to see that it’s pretty normal.
    .-= Christine Livingston´s last blog ..Here’s How New Work Pioneers Navigate Their Journey =-.

  9. Thanks, Jacqui, I think you and I are cut from the same cloth and that though we both obviously have services that we charge for, we are in the industry because we understand the needs of both job seekers and career changers and understand how challenging the time can be.

  10. That’s why I covered the topic right now. I know Jason Alba did a great job in his post but I think job seekers and others need to be reminded of this issue. As Kim Woodbridge says, anything ending can start those feelings so family members and friends need to help watch for those feelings in people prone to depression. Since I am in Wisconsin, there is seasonal depression that also kicks in for many people when the sun is gone in the fall and winter months. I know that for me, I moved my office up to the family room to give me more sunshine.

    Thank you, Kimba, for sharing and keep in touch as your job search progresses.

    I shared this same information on the radio show I did this morning because the show host is well aware of the challenges of unemployed on the mindset.

  11. Excellent story, Julie, and with a happy ending (my favorite kind!).

    The key takeaway is: reach out to other people during duress, depression, difficult-to-manage challenges, and be available to take a life-line from those who reach out to us. When life is sailing along smoothly, we often forget that reaching for lifelines is needed when the waters get choppy. We just keep trying to single-hand the sailboat, when in fact, others are awaiting, on deck, eager and willing to help!

    Thanks for this meaningful post! It’s clear how much you care about your clients, and not just from a business perspective :)

    .-= Master Resume Wirter´s last blog ..Interview Prep: No Pain, No Gain =-.

  12. Depression is something that I have struggled with for the past 20 years & it wasn’t until 4 years ago that I actually asked a Dr. about it. But that in it self was an awful experience. I had to push very hard to not be treated by my GP and be treated by a psychiatrist. I remember my GP asking me if my tummy hurt. That was when I knew I was right in pushing. Who would ask a 40 something women if their tummy hurts? Now I see my Psychiatrist every 3 months to manage my drugs and a social worker every week to help me manage my view.

    I don’t mind admitting that I suffer from depression but as a job seeker I don’t feel I can really admit that easily. I feel people are still scared of depression. I have a brain chemistry imbalance that can be worsened by situational changes such as job loss. I feel that admitting it will hurt my changes of finding a job but I am willing to take the chance here because perhaps something good will come out of it.

    If you know someone that is spiraling down don’t just tell them to get help and don’t expect them to call you and ask for help. When I am depressed I don’t have the capacity to ask. I only think of isolation. Draw me out a little at a time. Don’t pick me up just offer a hand.

    Thank you Julie for giving me an outlet to tell someone!

  13. Exactly, Kim! I think it is more common than we think… but when we are thinking it, we think are all alone. You are right about the ending… Even with it being my decision (and the right decision) to leave Wausau Whitewater, the ending still came packed with sadness in some ways.

    I want to be there for my clients… not only when they come for services but also when a moment hits and they don’t know what to do. While I am certainly not a counselor, I know plenty of them both virtual and here in my hometown and I am happy to refer if that is the need or if maybe all they need is a little more direction to make sure they are using the right strategies to find their next position.

  14. I find that depression can set in when something ends – even when it’s something that you wanted to end. I couldn’t wait to finish college. But once I was done and I wasn’t so busy I was really down – I didn’t know what to do with myself.

    It’s great that you told her that what she was feeling was normal. Often, when we realize we aren’t the only one, it becomes easier to bear.
    .-= Kim Woodbridge´s last blog ..5 Simple and Minimal WordPress Themes =-.

  15. Yes, when business owners struggle, they want to hide those struggles to avoid further impacting their business. Yet, if they tell no one, they will end up feeling worse and being scared for no reason at all. No matter what your role is, job seeker or business owner, ebbs and flows seem to be more the normal than not. Once you hear from people you respect that you are not alone, it is easier to get back out of bed and get moving.

    It’s the fear of being the only one that I think scares people the most. And the fear of it lasting forever.

  16. Hi Julie.

    I’m glad that your client is on the other side of that experience.

    People don’t like to admit when they are depressed. And yet, that is the first step to finding help; admitting it alone takes a weight off your shoulders. It’s a little more challenging for an entrepreneur to reach out, for fear of not looking credible to colleagues and customers. So choosing who you reach out to is important.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..The Muse is My Master =-.

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