Today is a big day for 1st Rate Resumes. It was 13 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 13 years and numerous 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. I’ve been a part of JobQuest TV which picked up 12 awards — 2 of them Emmys. I’ve created the radio program “Career Matters Radio” which helps job seekers and the unhappily employed. I’m super excited about 2014.

The best part of this business is the people we 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 80+ 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 have served on Boards for Career Related Associations, judged annual awards, and have earned 5 certifications.  I guess you could say I’m building my own resume these days by racking up a few achievements. I’m hopeful you’re doing the same. Happy New Year!