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The value of investing in a professional resume

What happens when you see the bigger picture?

I partner with my clients, using strategic marketing methods to help each client visualize their intrinsic value and be positioned to win the job.

  • The client can enter job search with confidence armed with a strategic resume and proven career marketing strategies.
  • When a client wins a job paying $50,000, $100,000 or $350,000, the investment in resume writing and job search help seems much smaller because of the value offered.

What happens when you don't understand the bigger picture?

A prospective client called me to say he had heard so many good things about me and my resume writing skills and he wanted to hire me. I asked him multiple questions, explained my process, and then he selected a package. He was fine with the price and I asked when he would like to start.

I was a little surprised when he said that if I was free that evening, he would love to start then. I happened to have the evening free and he had a deadline so I scheduled his appointment. When my phone rang later, he told me he had to cancel. He told me again how excited he had been to work with me but his wife pays the bills and she told him he was crazy to spend the money on a resume.

What is the value of investing in a professional resume?

The value of investing in a professional resumeI knew what the problem was. His wife didn't understand the value of investing in a professional resume. She was only seeing price.  When you don't understand something, you can't possibly see the value. Resumes like many things come in a wide range of pricing. You can find a $29.99 special from a site in a third world country or a $90 offer from a resume mill that churns out templated resumes with no interaction with the writer. But that's not the value of working with me and that's not how I work with clients.

I understand the wife's perspective. She manages the budget. Like many people, she probably thinks a resume is a piece of paper rather than an integral strategic document. Let's talk about price in relationship to the value of the job.

  • Hourly Wage = $10 per hour. (that's pretty low)
  • Weekly Wage @ 40 per week = $400
  • Annual Wage = $20,800
  • My Silver package with resume, 2 cover letters, LinkedIn profile writing and LinkedIn coaching tour, reference page, and proactive thank you, proposal letter = $597.
  • Time on the job to earn back Silver fee = 1.5 weeks

Increase the hourly wage by $5 to $15

  • Hourly Wage = $15 per hour. (still low for anyone who is a professional)
  • Weekly Wage @ 40 per week = $600
  • Annual Wage = $31,200
  • My Silver package with resume, 2 cover letters, LinkedIn profile writing and LinkedIn coaching tour, reference page, and proactive thank you, proposal letter = $597.
  • Time on the job to earn back Silver fee = 1 week

What about a professional earning $45,000 annually?

  • Hourly Wage = $21.63 per hour. (still low for most professionals with any job experience)
  • Weekly Wage @ 40 per week = $865
  • Annual Wage = $45,000
  • My Silver package with resume, 2 cover letters, LinkedIn profile writing and LinkedIn coaching tour, reference page, and proactive thank you, proposal letter = $597.
  • Time on the job to earn back Silver fee = 4.75 days

What value do I bring as a professional resume writer?

When I first started in the career industry 30 years ago, I would categorize myself as a resume typist with talent in writing.

Today:

  • I have three industry certifications
  • I belong to three international career organizations
  • I have an in-depth understanding of resume writing and job search strategies that extends far beyond what I knew 30 years ago.

I see the resume as the foundation of the job search. What happens in the resume writing process with a professional is the client starts to focus on the critical things he or she brings to the table.

As a trained professional resume writer, I ask penetrating questions to seek out the specifics:

  • what the client did on the job?
  • what challenges he or she faced?
  • what actions were taken?
  • what results were delivered?
  • I call that the resume success story. Anyone can capture only the job description, but that doesn't sell the client's value.

I offer a personalized and interactive process and the client meets with me throughout the project to design, create, and write their resume, as well as plan and write their LinkedIn profile and other career marketing materials.

My sessions with the client are as much coaching sessions as they are writing sessions. I know the client at a level far deeper than if I was just interviewing and then writing their resume. My process works for me -- and it works for the client. After a client finishes with my process, he is much more prepared to face the interview and win the job offer.

You may think that is fine for an external job search but certainly not necessary for an internal job search. People think insiders are automatically given the job but regardless of your qualifications, if your presentation and delivery can't compete with someone else on the inside or someone on the outside, you will not win the job.

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

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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.

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?

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.

RESUME ACCOLADES:  SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, BANKING - MARYLAND
“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.”

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

RESUME ACCOLADES: PERSONAL TRAINER & ENTREPRENEUR, FLORIDA

“I give Julie the highest recommendation. To be honest I didn’t know what to expect from a resume writing service. She went above and beyond to help me achieve my goal of landing a new job. If you don’t take advantage of her services you are missing out on a higher salary or landing a dream career.”

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

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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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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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

$897.00




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 juliewalraven@designresumes.com

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A quick and easy tip when your resume file gets too big


When I start with a new resume client, I use a new document and write from scratch. I know some professional resume writers will use the old document but then I find that I am stuck with hidden formatting code and strategies that get in the way of my design and can even have a more undesirable effect of creating bloat in the document and enlarging the document file size.

However, when I am doing an update for one of my own clients, I don’t always follow this process. If I just insert new positions, education, and new resume strategies, I can save time by using my own old file. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always create the same file size as if I had started with a new blank document. It can create the same file bloat as using someone else’s old file and make it difficult for clients to upload on job applications or Applicant Tracking Systems.

For job seekers who don’t live on computers, this problem can cause panic!

How to get your resume back to the right size to upload

I have learned that there is an easy fix to get the file size back to normal.

  1. In the old document, select all (Control A)
  2. Copy all (Control C)
  3. Open a new document.
  4. Paste all (Control V)

When you check the file size, you will find that the file that could have previously morphed to 2,000+K is now a manageable 40K and will upload just fine again.

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