At Design Resumes, your career is a journey!
Professional Resume Writer
Here are ways I can help you land your dream job.
You may be halfway across the country or the world. When you work with me, we share coffee, laughs, and concerns. This turns the scary job search into creative, consultative writing and learning sessions.
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.
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.
CGRA Certified Graphic Resume Architect
CERM Certified Executive Resume Master
CMRW Certified Master Resume Writer
CPRW Certified Professional Resume Writer
Certified Career Enlightenment LinkedIn Profile Writer
Chosen as a Judge in Career Director International's Toast of the Resume Industry (TORI) resume writing competition in 2022, 2021, 2020, and 2019.
Career Industry Organizations
Career Directors International (CDI)
Professional Resume Writers & Career Coaches (PARWCC)
Career Thought Leaders (CTL)
Profiling Pro Authorized DISC Administrator
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.
WE DO IT
Virtual Live Writing Strategy
I use an interactive live coaching and writing strategy designed to optimize your career marketing collateral with a unique storytelling writing style. Throughout our work together, I coach you on how to optimize your performance and become even more successful in the future. All our interactive sessions use Zoom's video technology.
Self Discovery Process Sessions
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. We identify stumbling blocks to your success and I coach you on how to reach your future goals.
You Only Work with Me (Julie)
You work ONLY with me, Julie Walraven, to write your resume, LinkedIn, and career marketing materials. My team of colleagues provides additional coaching and career industry products to provide you with the tools to drive your future career success.
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.
At the same time, I leveraged 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.
Technology transformed my business and it has transformed your job search too.
You can read more of my story here.
More About Julie
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!"
The 2021 remodel project was residing the main part of the house. The office segment was done in 2015 and 2016. Once again my youngest son, Dan, now with his own company, Dan Walraven Construction, led the project with my husband, Bill helping.
Buddy, Office Companion
New Kitchen 2017
2021 Residing project with Dan Walraven Construction
12 years of my life.
Values and Interests
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 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 into the Bible.
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.
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. Like most of my life, the gardens are always an experiment. The front yard features a large rock bed.
Long view 2021
Basil & Tomatoes
From the back 2020
Front Rock Bed 2021
If you are curious about working with me, let's have a conversation!
I would love to speak with you on Zoom or over the phone. Until we talk, you don't know if you can work with me or I with you.
Let's have a conversation, no pressure, just a friendly chat about how I work and what you need to succeed. Bring your coffee, water, or drink of choice!