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FOR DUMMIES: The Podcast

Jan 6, 2020

How do you get a new job? Unless you have an inside hookup, it’s all about how you market yourself, and the main way we market ourselves to prospective employers is with our resume.

In this episode, join host, Eric Martsolf as he dives into “Resumes For Dummies” by Laura DeCarlo. You could scour the entire world for a better expert on resumes than Laura, but you’d come up empty. She is recognized as a “Career Hero,” and is the founder of Career Directors International, an organization that trains resume writers and career coaches. We’re thrilled that Laura is joining us to help us achieve our future career goals.

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With over 3500 episodes of television under his belt, Mr. Martsolf has been providing "love in the afternoon" for NBC Daytime for the last 17 years. His portrayals of Ethan Winthrop on "Passions" and currently Brady Black on "Days of our Lives" have resulted in numerous industry accolades. He made daytime history in 2014 by being the first actor ever to win an Emmy in the Best Supporting Actor category for "Days of our Lives." His television credits expand into primetime (Extant, NCIS, Rizzoli & Isles), and his musical theatre repertoire consists of over 40 productions, including his critically acclaimed role as the Pharaoh in the Osmond Broadway Tour of "Joseph." Fans of the DC Universe will most notably recognize him as Justice League member and futuristic hero Booster Goldfrom the series Smallville.

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Laura DeCarlo is recognized as the business success coach for career and resume professionals who want to authentically grow their businesses and dramatically enhance their skills. In her second year of private practice as a resume writer and career coach over 20 years ago, Laura successfully broke the six-figure revenue mark. It is her mission to help other career and resume professionals to experience similar success as she wholeheartedly embraces the belief that, “Ours is an industry with a soul where you can make a major difference while also making an extraordinary living.”

She has championed the ‘career hero’ mantra by pioneering efforts in visibility, credibility, and quality within the career services industry for both job seekers and career professionals as the founder of the global membership-based company, Career Directors International.

Throughout her career she has spearheaded the development of numerous training programs and presentations for job seekers and career professionals, including the most recent, Certified Professional in Online Job Search & Reputation Management.

An industry leader, she has earned two degrees and 11 industry certifications and designations such as Master Career Director and Certified Master Resume Writer. She is credentialed as an Infinite Possibilities Certified Trainer, Money Breakthrough Method Certified Coach®, and Certified Money, Marketing and Soul Coach®. She is a member of the elite Forbes Coaches Council. Further, she has received the industry’s most prestigious awards in resume writing, career coaching, and job placement.

Laura is the author of  Resumes for Dummies, 7th Edition (Wiley), Interviewing: The Gold Standard and Interview Pocket RX as well as co-author of Job Search Bloopers (Career Press); she has also been featured in over 15 resume and cover letter compendiums.

As a resume writer, career coach, and career director for her former private-practice, A Competitive Edge Career Service, LLC, Laura held the role of national//international resume expert for 54 professional associations such as PMI, AMA, AJST, ASAE, ASME, AVMA, and ASCE.

She has been a guest columnist on career issues for The Florida Today newspaper and been quoted in publications such as, Forbes (IMPRESS), US News & World Report,,, Working Mother, the Wall Street Journal, and NBC 7/39 News in San Diego.