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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?

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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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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.

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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

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Past or present tense in a resume?

When to use past or present tense in a resume?

past or present tense in a resume

When is it better to use past or present tense in a resume? This is one of the most popular questions about resume writing. First, you need to define what past or present tense in a resume means and how it is used. For the non-English majors, most of the time, past  tense is when you add the “ed” to a verb. Resumes are filled with action verbs but the past tense would be words like these:

  • Engineered
  • Designed
  • Created
  • Streamlined
  • Propelled
  • Cultivated
  • Centralized
  • Diversified
  • Enhanced
  • Except for some tricky ones like “wrote”

Present tense is the verb by itself without any “ed”s added. Like this:

  • Brainstorm
  • Champion
  • Strategize
  • Pinpoint
  • Pioneer
  • Reinvent
  • Spearhead
  • Accentuate
  • Document
  • Educate
  • Eliminate
  • Write

Clients come to me perplexed because “someone” told them they are doing it wrong even when I wrote the resume for them. Here’s my rule: In a past position, the action verb is always in the past tense. You are not in the job anymore, it is in your past.

Do I use past tense or present tense in a resume for my current job?

However, in your present job or position, you may have a mix of past or present tense in a resume. Huh? You’re thinking, that’s impossible!

Here are my thoughts: in your present job, there are some things you have completed and will never do again. If you researched and wrote the new sales training manual, it is done, hence the past tense verbs: researched and wrote. If you facilitated the merger of two organizations or companies, it is done. This leads us to the next question.

Am I still doing the task or action?

In your present position, you may still enhance and solidify client relationships or analyze client expenditures and create realistic budgets. You may also consistently evaluate productivity.

I know resume writers can differ and some put everything in the past tense but in my view, if you are still doing it, it belongs in present tense. In your past jobs, you need to make sure everything is past tense. When you update your resume and add a new position, be sure to check your tenses. Once you add the new one, all of the tenses need to be changed to past.

This way when you are ready to move on, your resume will be too.

Julie Walraven is a triple-certified resume writer whose interactive coaching style helps job seekers earn winning positions when she creates tactical resumes and LinkedIn profiles to market you for success. Learn more here.


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10 Responses to Past or present tense in a resume?

  1. Carly, very late reply but though the 30 seconds or less is true, it is more true for online or emailed applications to a blind or posted position. Email the same resume to a networking connection who cares about you, and you will get different results. Also the 30 seconds is not total time… it is the time the initial look happens. Most responsible hiring managers if using a quick look to cull the numbers, will later return to give your resume a better look. Hope this helps.

  2. Very interesting, I read and re-read my CV/resume but there are some things I never settle on and the tense of the things I do in my current job has long since been something that bothers me.

    I do wonder though, when I spend 4-5 hours on my CV and send it off, I am told that people review them in 30 seconds or so and then either decide to call someone in for an interview or not, if they will pick up on or even take an interest in such details?

  3. Julie, I follow your guidelines on past/present tense because they have always made sense to me and, I hoped, to others. I’m happy to know that other resume writers agree with me. Thanks for posting,

  4. I know that this practice does differ with some of the best writers in the business, which is why I explained my logic. One of the sayings in the industry is that the only rule is that there are no rules. While that isn’t entirely true, the consistency in applying whatever style you pick is a way to make sure that you create a compelling document that makes sense to others. Thanks so much for stopping by, Melissa!

  5. I’m glad to see your commentary on this, Julie.

    I know some writers put everything in the past tense, but that felt odd to me. With my clients’ current positions, I have done the same as you — provided a mix of past and present tense verbs based on if the activity is completed or not. It just feels more accurate.

  6. You are welcome, Callum. That’s a good point, English is hard enough for English-speaking people and harder yet for people who are not born speaking the language.

  7. You have shared a nice guideline of using past tense and present tense. Which are more useful and effective for Non-English people. Thanks for this great post.

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