Convention is to put as mush as possible in a resume and follow the boilerplate her. Courageous approaches focus on simplifying a resume to only those items that are important. Don’s wisdom is to consider the things that may not yet even be on the page! And that has made all the difference. – Brent Ward. Business Development. Raleigh, NC
Don Burrows has put a spin on the traditional resume which unlike so many others out there, actually works! I’ve been with my current employer since 2007 and recall during my inteview my “new” boss telling me that my resume format provided great insight into what I could bring to her team. I’m happy I invested my time, in me! – Jennifer B. Haga. Digital Media Sales Specialist. Raleigh, NC
When I first met Don about a year ago, I just thought he could teach me how to write a better résumé. The expectation I had at the time was to have a few discussions, read his book, and apply the advice he gives to quickly “touch up” my résumé. I envisioned a brief and relatively low-effort process where I would make a few easy changes and be on my way to a new job in no time. Piece of cake, right?
As it turns out, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Soon after I began diving into the book, I quickly learned that Don’s system is not something you just effortlessly buzz through in a couple of weekends. It takes dedication and a lot of hard work to stay committed to the process long enough to complete all the steps.
Of course, now that I saw the process through to the end, I realize why all that hard work was necessary: Don doesn’t just teach you how to write a better résumé; he teaches you a better way to think. His system first allows you to explore the value that you as an individual bring to the world of work, and then changes your paradigm to one of confidence and pride in the value that you have to offer. Finally, he teaches you how to communicate your value effectively to decision-makers at companies you want to work for.
A year later, I can honestly say that I’m a completely different person when it comes to self-confidence, my attitude towards my career, and in my perception of the value that I offer professionally. I quit the dead-end job that I had been at for four years, and found a new job with better pay, better benefits, and a much better company culture. What’s even more amazing is that I finally broke free from the career-field that I had “accidentally fallen into” over ten years ago, and had just never quite figured out how to get out of. My new job is in a totally different industry that I have no prior experience in—but thanks to Don’s help, I was able to beat out many “more qualified” applicants by clearly presenting my value to the hiring manager.
I highly recommend you follow Don’s system… if you are ready to put it the work to radically change your perception of yourself, and how you communicate that perception to the outside world. Yes, it takes time. And no, it is not an easy process. But are the results worth it? Definitely. – Bradon Jones
I tried for three months on my own after graduation to have meaningful contact with companies that might be interested in a recent college graduate with a physics / mathematics degree. I was getting nowhere fast. Don helped me put together a Professional Profile. I have submitted it to several companies and while they have not had entry level positions available, they were interested enough after reading it to meet with me. I know that the time and effort will pay off soon. – Kyle Margolies. Recent College Graduate. Issaquah, WA
My final interview was with the CEO of the company. He said that I was at the top of his list to have interviewed for one reason: “I had to meet the engineer who thinks like this. This resume (really, my Professional Profile) demonstrates that you are not a typical engineer, but an engineer who will be disruptive. I need that in my company.” He chose to speak with me because of my profile! A week later I received a letter with an offer – for an opportunity to work with a company that fit me! – Greg Pease. Director of Engineering. Division of a high tech company
There is no one I have ever met that brings as much of himself, his humanness and his humanity, to his work as Don Burrows. This is neither conjecture nor hyperbole … this is a personally experienced fact. Don is the kind of person you want to work with, to learn from, to know … for selfish reasons, because you know in doing so you will get so much more than you could ever give. – JonScott Williams Organizational Generalist / OD Consultant.
Being a transitioning military officer who did not want your typical defense consulting job I found it very difficult to find a job I wanted. Don helped me create profile of transferable skills that any employer would love to see in applicant. Also, I found that I have a possible career path that may be different than what I originally planned. Don really opened my eyes to all the possibilities in the world. – Billy Duke. Former Army Infantry Officer / Court Coordinator. Renton, WA
A day after I finished my professional profile and sent it out I received several calls within a few hours for job interviews. A few weeks later I got a job in which my manager received over 500 résumés for the position. Still until this day my manager talks about my professional profile. If you want to get your dream job, work with Don. – Eric Castaneda. Reservations Agent. Avalon Transportation
Don’s Professional Profile process will not only provide you with a resume that will ring your phone, it will prepare you for the follow-up interviews. You’ll be on the path to your next adventure, the one YOU want, by your targeted profile that fits the job you want the most. By following the steps of the Professional Profile, you will be amazed at the impact you’ve had on
your employers, and yourself. The Professional Profile helped me understand my true strengths and what I can do to improve a company’s bottom line, and my own. – RSB. Manager, Customer Voice at Lulu.com. Raleigh, NC
I read the book and Don worked with me one-on-one! He provided me with the confidence to really look at myself, my achievements, be proud of them, brag about them, and keep a discipline of entries to my Database of Accomplishments as they occur. I highly recommend the book to anyone searching for a job, looking at changing careers or just simply searching for a new tool to reformat their current résumé . Today’s professional world is always changing so providing a different way to stand out – this is the key. Have doubts about yourself? Take a good look at your Database of Accomplishments. The positive effects are incredible! – Lourdes Tsukada. Alderwood Manor, WA
This is something every entrepreneur should do. This process not only brings a clear vision of who you are to your customers, but you will amaze yourself by re-discovering all of the gifts and talents you bring to your business and customers. This process will put YOU into your business and attract the type of customers you’ve always wanted. – Gerald Grinter, www.TheArtOfWorkingForYourself.com. Author and Business Mentor. Seattle WA
Don, I went from tongue-tied to fluently speaking, from “I don’t know what I ahve to offer” to “this is what people gain when they work with me.” The process of getting from one to the other was challenging! It was so difficult to make the shift – but it was so worth the effort! I am much more confident talking about my services than before. Thank you so much! – Leona Rehm, Simply Effective, LLC. Mountlake Terrace, WA
My experience came with mixed emotions, some sad, some mad at myself and some, frankly mad at Don. “Just who was this guy and why was he making me think about painful things? I haven’t done anything worthy of noting!” I kept going through the process and discovered more than I had ever thought possible. There I was writing these things about this person that just happened to be me. Don’s method is intense, the process gut wrenching, but the results are truly amazing. You may not know what result you want going into the process, but when you come out the other side you will see you are a better person for it. – Susan Straub-Martin, Strauberry Studio Designs. Bellevue, WA
Don Burrows gets you the attention you deserve by showing hiring managers exactly why they should hire YOU! A Professional Profile will get your phone ringing and will get you that interview. Don’s targeted strategies put your name, skills and accomplishments right in front of the people that you need to talk to. Turning your résumé into a Professional Profile will snap you out of the job search doldrums; you’re going to remember all of the amazing things you have achieved, and you’re going to showcase what you can achieve for your future employers. – Scott Bell, Media Design Seattle, Creative Director / Producer. Redmond, WA
Don’s help in putting together my Professional Profile was invaluable in helping me understand what was needed to really help a person get a position in today’s economy. Don offered tons of help and insight into what accomplishments really were in life and work and not simply what job did you do. – Mike Margolies. Sport Psychology Consultant. Issaquah, WA