The year was 1990. The first known World Wide Web page had just been written, “seek” was part of a game children played, and the term “yahoo” was Australian slang for a loutish person.
Australia’s total population had almost reached 17 million, the average annual salary was $27,227, and the unemployment rate was 5.8%.
Twenty years is just a blip in the grand scheme of time, but for a resume development company like Top Margin, it is almost an eternity. Opened for business in 1990, Top Margin has continued to grow through the tireless efforts of its founder, Gayle Howard.
Based on a philosophy of exceeding clients’ expectations, Top Margin has grown to become one of the busiest and most respected career marketing and personal branding consultancies in Australia, with 27 TORI awards to our credit (includes 47 nominations, 19 First Place Awards, 3 Second Place, 4 Third Place and Second and Third-Place awards in the World's Best Resume Competition). We have written more than 10,000 resumes for clients worldwide, and our resumes are published in 24 international resume-writing and career advice books.
For two decades we have watched the career marketing industry grow more sophisticated as traditional one-page lists of duties, dates, and job titles have made way for personal marketing and branding strategies enriched through power wording and high-impact formatting crucial for capturing the attention of today’s business-savvy decision makers. Today, multimedia web portfolios are emerging as the next big thing; through the power of technology, opportunities to sell our clients’ personal brands are virtually limitless.
Top Margin’s profile has steadily grown across the resume-writing community. Our training and examinations have cemented Top Margin’s reputation as a leader through international credentials such as Master Resume Writer, Certified Expert Resume Writer, Credentialed Career Manager, Master Career Director, Certified IT Resume Specialist, Certified Master Resume Specialist, and Career Web Portfolio Practitioner. In 2007, the company's founder, Gayle Howard was awarded the Master Resume Writer Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2008 the Master Career Professional Lifetime Achievement Award. She continued her pioneering efforts being the first person certified to offer the groundbreaking Job Loss Recovery Program in Australia in 2010. Gayle is one of just three Reach Certified Personal Branding Strategists and 360 Reach Certified Analysts in Australia.
Today, every component of the Top Margin group of career services bears our distinctive stamp of creativity, cutting-edge ideas, and honest communications. As your personal marketing team, we don the hats of career archaeologist, personal PR machine, support network, advocate, and cheerleader for all our clients who are or want to be on the road to success. Little wonder that the majority of Top Margin’s new business comes from client referrals and excellence in customer service is clearly the reason we won the Australian Achiever Award in 2003 and Highly Recommended Certificate in 2004.
We are proud to be the service of choice for the best and brightest people who share our passion for planning and sustaining a fulfilling career. If you'd like more information on how we can help you make the most your career marketing, don't hesitate to contact us—we’re passionate about showcasing your talents in ways you’d never dreamed possible.