Julie Walraven

Julie Walraven


Welcome! I’m Julie Walraven

At Design Resumes, your career is a journey!

As a triple-certified professional resume writer, I partner and collaborate with leaders and executives just like you.

My goal is to help transform your career journey by helping you find your intrinsic value to fulfill your career dreams. As we write and develop your resume together, I teach how to market yourself to get the attention of the hiring manager.

Julie Walraven, Design Resumes


"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."

— Andre Little 
Database Administrator — Events Logistics | Facilities IT Administrator, Florida

"I turned to Julie for her resume writing expertise as a military service member making the difficult transition into the civilian workforce. I didn't know where to start and she provided me with guidance.

Julie truly has a way with words and her creativity shines through. If you are having a difficult time with your career transition, turn to Julie!"

—Jesse Richardson
Healthcare Applications Analyst, Wisconsin

Julie is one of the best in the resume and coaching business that I have ever met and I recommend her to my business colleagues on a consistent basis without hesitation. She has a unique approach and doesn’t simply provide an exercise where she has you complete some type of form.

Susan Gordon Barker

SVP – Global Technology Operations, South Carolina

Her keen ability to get to know her clients both on a personal and professional level allows her to find your best qualities to shine in the resume.

Julie worked diligently to work through the challenges I struggled with when writing my own resume. She did not offer the standard cookie-cutter solution so many before her had offered. Instead, she perfected a resume that generated several interviews and job offers immediately.

Simply put, with the powerful tools and advice she provides, Julie changes lives.

Ann Marie Morris

Director, Brand Creative & Production, New York

Working with Julie has produced three positive career advancements.
Not only does Julie design killer resumes, she coaches on what to anticipate during interviews. In my experience, the Design Resumes process produced consistent results with way more in first paychecks than invested.  

Dave Frigen

Chief Operations Officer, Telecommunications, Illinois

Imagine a consultative, collaborative, and interactive process.

You and I talk through every part of your job search.

Perhaps you know you need a compelling resume, eye-catching LinkedIn profile, and targeted cover letter, but you don't know how to make it happen.

Working with me (Julie Walraven), you learn job search strategies that incorporate the use of all those tools. In addition, I provide more in-depth coaching to help you find the job of your dreams and not just a job you accept because you need a job.

Are you writing your resume with tired old verbs?

If you hire me, we strategize how to go beyond exasperating online applications and Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) systems to find the people to hire you.

I understand networking and how to reach beyond your own connections.

Career Industry Certifications

When you select a job search expert, you want to make sure your investment is worthwhile. In addition to my years of industry knowledge driving the success of job seekers worldwide, I am certified by leading career organizations.

Each time I am recertified, a global panel of my peers reviews my resume submissions to ensure they meet the certification standards.

You Don’t Have To Imagine

You may be halfway across the country or the world. When you work with me, we share coffee, laughs, concerns, and turn the scary job search into creative, consultative resume writing and learning sessions.

Why do some people struggle to land a new job?Uncover your passion and resumes stories

I dig deep into your career experiences.

People love to hear stories. It is important to go beyond the job description and facts. Storytelling is one of the most powerful tools of your career. I help you uncover and create your career stories.

Stories resonate well with employers and help get you the job offer of your dreams. Here's how we do it:

  • To drive my unique resume writing and career marketing strategy, we use an interactive live writing strategy powered by Zoom’s video technology. 
  • We create your resume story through a self-discovery process during consultative, interactive coaching sessions.
  • As I capture your resume stories and create your compelling LinkedIn profile, I help you develop the strategy to win the job you really want.
  • By participating in my personalized LinkedIn training, you understand how to leverage LinkedIn and network with key decision-makers.
  • You work ONLY with me, Julie Walraven, to write your resume, LinkedIn, and career marketing materials, no subcontracted resume writers or staff writers.


LinkedIn, the professional networking and job search solution

I joined LinkedIn three years after its launch. Teaching LinkedIn strategies rapidly became a specialty as I recognized how critical the platform is to successful job search.

LinkedIn is an integral component of all my job search strategies. I stay current on LinkedIn's rapidly changing platform to provide you with the cutting-edge coaching you need to be successful. Check out my profile (Julie Walraven) on LinkedIn.

In addition to the comprehensive LinkedIn writing and coaching in all three of my career marketing packages, I also feature a LinkedIn Makeover package for those of you who need to make yourself more viable in the job market or business world.

My Own Career Reinvention

In December 2009, I ended my last nonprofit management contract with Wausau Whitewater. I solidified my focus on my Design Resumes business which began in 1983. At the same time, I leveraged both my innate writing skills and my desire to help others to build services to bring success to job seekers.

I embarked on an amazing career journey expanding my client base throughout the United States. Soon, I started working across the pond as my European clients often say. Technology transformed my business and it has transformed job search too.

You can read more of my story here.

Building Community Wherever You Go

About me

I married my husband, Bill, in 1980. Our family includes two adult sons, Tim and Dan, and our German Shepherd, Buddy, my office companion.

We live in Wausau, Wisconsin in a home we bought to remodel in 1992. Today, we are still remodeling our home, a never-ending project. My youngest son, Dan, a contractor in the Wausau area finally led the new kitchen project in 2017.

This wasn't your typical kitchen remodel. We pulled the whole area down to the studs, pulled out a wall, put in a reinforcement beam, and custom-designed the ceiling.

After 25 years, I can finally say, "I love my kitchen!"

Julie Walraven's kitchen


If I am authentic, I acknowledge the choices I made and will make are tied to being a Christian and my personal relationship with Jesus Christ as well as my continuing struggle to make God-centered choices.

Faith is something often ridiculed and buried in our world today. As I share how Design Resumes evolved, I acknowledge what makes me able to help others is my faith. Downtown Mission Church

Downtown Mission Church is my church home today. This innovative church-planting church stole my heart in 2015. Despite being a Christian since I was a child, I grew more at this church and delved deeper in the Bible than ever before.

DMC has always been online for services so the COVID19 challenge was nothing new. You can find all of our services on the Youtube Channel of Downtown Mission Church.


In my free time, I enjoy reading, gardening, walking, and cooking, not necessarily in that order.

Favorite non-fiction books

  • The Go-Giver by Bob Burg
  • Dig your well before you're thirsty by Harvey MacKay
  • The Challenger Sale by Matthew Dixon
  • Know your Worth, Get your Worth by Olivia Jaras
  • And my newest favorite, Disrupt yourself or Be Disrupted by Nicky Verd. This book has just been added to all of my resume packages because I was so impressed with Nicky's website when she asked me to connect on LinkedIn.

Our gardens

My husband and I always gardened. The terrain in our yard is nothing but hills so we built our vegetable garden into four tiers. Tomatoes, beans, kohlrabi, peppers, onions, basil, cucumbers, and zucchini are just a few of our crops this year. Like most of my life, the gardens are always an experiment.

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