2017 was a watershed year for my resume service. I continued to build my professional network on LinkedIn (30,000 first-degree connections and 33,000+ followers), I launched a new retail leadership group on Facebook, I took on 243 clients, and I grew my business by 35% over 2016. It was an eventful and highly rewarding year, and I feel extremely grateful.
Of course, not everything went perfect. I shut down my Twitter account and my Facebook page, as I increasingly found it difficult to keep up, but that just taught me the importance of focusing on the most important tasks on any given day. And the most important task in my world is designing first-class resumes to help my clients achieve their career goals.
To that end, I think things went very well. I was fortunate to receive 51 new LinkedIn recommendations from clients in 2017, pushing me past the 300 mark in total. I don't take these testimonials for granted - I know that posting a public recommendation for a professional resume writer on LinkedIn isn't easy for a lot of people, and I appreciate their thoughtfulness.
Here's a look at what some of these clients said in 2017:
FLAGSHIP STORE MANAGER, NEW YORK
"The final product was resume royalty rockstar status."
STORE MANAGER, FLORIDA
"I have read a lot of resumes over the years as a regional manager and manager. The result is just beyond awesome..."
STORE MANAGER, SOUTH CAROLINA
"The work he did creating my resume resulted in immediate offers. After reading it, I thought “wow, I did all that?”. Money well spent. Thank you!!"
DEPARTMENT STORE GENERAL MANAGER, ILLINOIS
"...the end result was simply beyond my expectations. I would return to Michael to update my resume without a moment of hesitation."
GENERAL MANAGER, CALIFORNIA
"My profile views increased several hundred percent for several weeks following receipt of Michael’s work. I highly recommend taking advantage of Michael Howard’s skillset."
DISTRICT MERCHANDISE MANAGER, WASHINGTON
"Going through his questionnaire helped me remember all the amazing things I had accomplished during my career and Michael's resumes are so well written you can almost use them to prep for an interview. Very professional and hit all his deadlines. Worth every penny..."
STORE MANAGER, SOUTH CAROLINA
"Michael is a top notch professional who truly puts his client's interest first. I have had the pleasure of working with Michael on two occasions and I must say that he over delivered both times. His communication and turnaround time is amazing and highly recommended."
REGIONAL MANAGER, NEW YORK
"Initially I wasn't convinced I needed a professional resume, after all my experience should speak for itself right? I couldn't have been more wrong. After Mike completed my resume I was blown away by how much more impactful it was! I'm glad I made the decision to use Mike's services. After all the best investment we can make in life is the investment we make in ourselves."
REGIONAL MANAGER, FLORIDA
"He exceeded all expectations. After reading my resume I was amazed. Like I told him shortly after reading it the first time, 'I would hire this person today!' Thank you Mike. I will gladly recommend your service to anyone looking to advance their career!"
STORE MANAGER, CALIFORNIA
"Amazing experience and outcome. I have had recruiters and career coaches contact me the first 2 weeks it was posted and used for applications. If you want the best then leave it up to the master, he completely understands the inner workings of resume writing and what information is needed to help you shine."
REGIONAL MANAGER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
"...he did an exceptional job. The whole process from start to finish was very easy and the level of detail that he was asking for in order to produce the highest quality was very good. I am very pleased with the end results."
GENERAL MANAGER, ILLINOIS
"His dedication and follow through on my resume was World Class. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
REGIONAL DIRECTOR, NEW JERSEY
"The largest mistake I made in my job search was not using Michael day one. The process was amazing and not only made for an amazing resume but better prepared me for my interview process. I am wrapping up on my final offer and I believe that the resume helped get me in the door."
DEPARTMENT STORE SALES MANAGER, GEORGIA
"Michael truly has a gift. I read the finished product and was blown away! Not only that, he was able to do a SAME-DAY turn around! He is very professional and included me through out the whole process. I STRONGLY recommend his services. Great Investment!!!"
DEPARTMENT STORE GENERAL MANAGER, MAINE
"I was amazed with my resume. It gave me the confidence to apply to any job. Simply impressed."
STORE MANAGER, FLORIDA
"As a retail manager for over 25 years I was looking for new opportunities. I had been sending and posting my resume for a long time with no luck. In the first week of using my new resume I had several interviews lined up. After two weeks I received several offers of employment!"
BIG-BOX STORE MANAGER, CALIFORNIA
"I don't do recommendations unless it is truly earned. The response that I have received from recruiters, interviewers, colleges and friends after viewing my resume is, and I'm quoting..."WOW". If you invest the time to fill out his questionnaire, he will showcase your top accomplishments. Many of those accomplishments I either forgot about or was too modest to add myself. My only regret is that I didn't reach out to Mike 2 years earlier. I start my new career in two weeks, thank you Mike!"
AREA DIRECTOR, CALIFORNIA
"Michael was highly recommended to me by another resume writer due to his extensive background in retail and putting the right words down on the paper in the right places! Michael & I worked very closely together to ensure we nailed all the highlights of my retail career, once that was completed Michael did his magic and my resume looks fantastic and reads well. Michael also provided some great feedback to me on how to improve my LinkedIn profile, these enhancements are already getting more views of my page!"
DISTRICT MANAGER, ILLINOIS
"Michael is a leader in his profession. He is thorough and detailed in his approach in delivering an excellent finished product. He gets you to think about all your accomplishments and when you realize all you have done- WOW!!"
STORE MANAGER, MICHIGAN
"I am overwhelmed with the success of my new resume and the responses I have received from potential employers."
BIG-BOX ASSISTANT STORE MANAGER, NEW HAMPSHIRE
"Stop wondering if you should use Michael's service just do it. His work is impressive! It will get you results you want. I wish I had done it earlier. I immediately started getting results. Know that you will have to put some work in but he will work just as hard to get you a stand out resume."
REGIONAL DIRECTOR, ONTARIO
"I was blown away with the work that was done on my resume. I had to read it 3 times before it soaked in that this was me on paper. The turn around time was beyond my expectation. Everything Michael has done has set me up for a very successful job search."
DISTRICT MANAGER, COLORADO
"Working with Michael is an absolute pleasure. The turnaround time, and the insight he gives are amazing. You have to put in some work, but the product you receive back is more than worth it. I have more confidence than ever that employers are truly looking at my accomplishments, and I thank Michael for the assistance!"
BIG-BOX GENERAL MANAGER, TEXAS
"I've used another resume company in the past with ok results, but was generic and not very representative of my accomplishments. Michael has a unique process that he uses to create a great product. It's very personalized, and focuses on accomplishments, not just responsibilities. Add to that his great thoughtfulness, superior communication and fast turn around time and I would recommend Michael to anyone looking to create a resume that stands out from all the rest."
DEPARTMENT STORE GENERAL MANAGER, INDIANA
"My resume experience with Michael was amazing! He is simply the Best of the Best retail resume writers in the business!"
FLAGSHIP STORE MANAGER, VIRGINIA
"Fast turn around with amazing results! Thanks for making me sound so great! All I keep hearing is I have a top-notch resume!"
DISTRICT MANAGER, CALIFORNIA
"I absolutely recommend Michael for your resume writing needs. The turn around time was quick and the product was outstanding. I will be using Michael again when updates to my resume are needed."
DEPARTMENT STORE GENERAL MANAGER, TEXAS
"Best investment I made, exceeded all my expectations."
DISTRICT TRAINING STORE MANAGER, CALIFORNIA
"I'm not even actively looking for a new job opportunity, but it's the best thing I could have done. Worth every penny. I've been contacted by several recruiters and talent acquisition managers wanting to connect, based only off my new, improved resume. A prospective employer only sees you on a piece of paper, and they don't spend much time reading that piece of paper. Do yourself a favor and invest in your future, do it now. Enlist the professional help of Michael. You will see the benefits immediately!"
STORE MANAGER, COLORADO
"I am very pleased with Michael's services - he did an outstanding job redoing my resume. I really couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised and amazed with the end product."
TRAINING STORE MANAGER, MASSACHUSETTS
"I am truly amazed at the final product..."
STORE MANAGER, CALIFORNIA
"The process was easy and effective. The finished product... masterpiece!"
DEPARTMENT STORE GENERAL MANAGER, PENNSYLVANIA
"I am thrilled with the outcome. He was easy to work with and very timely with the finished product. Michael's knowledge of the industry and what recruiters are looking forward was a definite plus."
BIG-BOX ASSISTANT STORE MANAGER, ILLINOIS
"Michael truly helped me develop a resume that really showed off my retail accomplishments. Thank you again Michael for a phenomenal resume!"
MARKET MANAGER, NEW JERSEY
"I’ve now worked with Michael twice over the last few years. I can’t thank him enough for his professionalism and thoroughness. In this last instance he didn’t hesitate at my expedited timeline and delivered a remarkable resume. The hiring manager was instantly interested in meeting with me. I highly recommend his services; you won’t be disappointed. Truly a customer for life!"
BIG-BOX GENERAL MANAGER, ONTARIO
"I highly recommend that you contact him BEFORE you start looking for employment."
DISTRICT MANAGER, PENNSYLVANIA
"When I first read his completed draft of my new resume, I was in awe of the finished product. This was the best investment that I've made in a long time."
If you're looking for an extra edge in your job search, check out my website for all the details (it's short, I promise). I hope I can help.
All the best in 2018!