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Golf Industry Resume Writers & Career Coaches
We are your source for career consultations specifically geared for professionals in the golf industry. Founded in 2003, Career Advantage Golf is a career consulting firm based in Lawrence, Kansas, but we serve clients all over the world! Our golf team includes Erin Wolfram, MS, CPRW; Melissa Johnson, MS; Shonda Fast; and Carol D. Rau, PHR. We have partnered with GCSAA since 2005 to provide exceptional career services for Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and its members including resumes, cover letters, interviewing, and portfolios – all at a discounted rate for GCSAA members. We also have experience working with PGA professionals, club managers, and club owners.
We have a proven ability to help clients use career documents to rise above the competition and attain career goals. We look forward to working with you and wish you all the best in advancing your career!
Carol D. Rau, PHR
Career Consultant, Speaker, and Author with winning strategies for golf industry professionals to advance their careers.
Carol D. Rau, PHR is a Certified Professional in Human Resources and Conference Speaker with over twenty years of experience in recruiting, career coaching, resume building, and job search strategies for professionals in the golf industry. Since 2005, Ms. Rau has provided career consulting services for GCSAA and its members. She authors a Career Column in GCM Magazine and is a frequent speaker at national, regional, and local GCSAA chapter conferences.
Carol earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Communications from the University of Kansas where she was a member of the Women’s Golf Team. She has served on several Boards of Directors in the Lawrence, Kansas community including her local club as former President and Greens Chair. She enjoys golfing, distance running, and cheering for the Jayhawks with her husband and two sons. Need a speaker? Contact Carol if you would like to discuss speaking opportunities!
Erin B. Wolfram, MS, CPRW
Owner | Certified Professional Resume Writer & Professional Etiquette Consultant
Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and professional etiquette consultant specializing in resume writing and career services for golf industry professionals, especially golf course superintendents and turf managers.
Erin B. Wolfram, MS has over thirteen years of experience in career and professional etiquette consulting and online career course development. Erin believes in getting to know clients and their stories to help them reflect their best selves in their application materials and/or personal branding. She received a Bachelor of Science in Secondary English Education from Kansas State University, as well as both a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology and a Master of Science in Educational Technology from The University of Kansas. She is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and earned a professional etiquette certificate in 2012 from The Etiquette Institute in St. Louis, MO. Outside of work, Erin has a passion for weightlifting and enjoys traveling to tropical locations and visiting local wineries and distilleries.
Melissa Johnson, MS
Career management professional with an extensive and diverse background in career coaching and education.
Melissa E. Johnson, M.Ed. has over 20 years of experience working with individuals from a variety of careers and industries. She specializes in one-on-one career coaching, resume and cover letter development, and job search assistance. She also has experience teaching career management courses in a higher education setting. Melissa has a passion for providing individualized support and guidance for each of her clients to ensure they are able to achieve their career goals.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at The University of Kansas and a Master of Education in Counseling Psychology at The University of Missouri. She also completed a Distance Counselor Certification program through The Center for Credentialing and Education. When she’s not working, you can usually find her enjoying the great outdoors, planning her next travel adventure or watching her favorite Kansas City sports teams.
Human Resources professional with substantial experience in recruiting and career development.
Shonda Fast has over 6 years of experience surrounding onboarding, orientation, training, and employee progression. She specializes in business, engineering, and manufacturing resume development but is willing to help clients with any background. Shonda’s objective is to make sure that each client’s unique experience and skills are captured in their profile through true connection, relationships, and a commitment to helping them achieve their professional goals. Her keen insight from an industry perspective helps ensure that all content reviewed by future employers is relevant and eye appealing. She is also enthusiastic about educating the next generation on the rewarding careers available in STEM fields.
Shonda earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Minor in Human Resources from Wichita State University.
In her free time, Shonda enjoys spending time with her husband and son on their farm. She is actively involved in her community and serves on the local Chamber of Commerce board, as well as multiple technical college advisory committees.