Today is a big day for 1st Rate Resumes. It was five years ago today that I walked into the San Diego County Building and registered the name in the State of California. It was my resolution to start a new job, so I created one. Mind you, I knew very little about operating a business.

It’s been a challenging occupation, but ever changing and always interesting. I spend a lot of time researching job titles, learning grammar and proofreading skills, cursing at Microsoft, and handling accounting duties. But we’re still here, and after 5 years and 3 cross-country moves, we’re not only surviving, but thriving.

As for the changes? I’ve seen the death of the one page resume, the evolution of online job applications (ASCII text resumes) and a huge surge in job fairs. WOW! Plus 2006 proves even more exciting as we launch online web portfolios for our creative applicants in radio and television, and our goal to perfect the E-RESUME even further.

The best part of this business is the people I get to help. When a client’s worst dilemma is having to turn down two job offers to accept a third, or when I hear of salary increases of $10-$12K or even double their current compensation, then I know I’ve done my job, and I don’t feel the least bit guilty of my fees. My clients know they are an excellent value in the long run.

And my dirty little secret to success comes from the 50+ jobs I’ve held. I know firsthand what to do, what not to do, etc. However, this current position of mine seems to be my calling. I know this because it’s the only one where I serve on Boards for Career Related Associations, judge annual awards, and have been recognized for outstanding achievement. Can’t say I’ve ever done that in any of my previous positions. Guess you could say I’m building my own resume these days by racking up a few achievements.

I’ve excited about 2006 not only for me, but my clients. Happy Anniversary and Happy New Year.

–Susan Geary, CERW / 1st Rate Resumes