Did you know the average recruiter spends less than 10 seconds scanning a resume?

A well-designed resume is like a VIP pass to the front of the line with recruiters and hiring managers. Make sure your resume makes it to the "yes" pile with our professionally designed Microsoft Word resume templates, step-by-step instructions, and downloadable resources filled with interactive and guided exercises that will improve your resume in just 24 hours.


How to select one our the pre-made resume templates included in the course that matches your career goals

Strategies for understanding what your strengths are and how to apply them to a resume

Step-by-step exercises for evaluating your experience, skills, and accomplishments

How to tailor your resume to the exact job and company you're applying to

Tips for writing impressive bullet points that catch a recruiter's eye

Scripts and shortcuts for sending your resume to a direct hiring contact


Professionally designed Microsoft Word resume templates you can't find anywhere else and with multiple options to choose from

Real resume examples so you can get inspiration for your own

10 video lessons to walk you through filling out each resume section

A downloadable course workbook with worksheets, templates, and guides

Answers to FAQs like how to explain a gap on your resume or create a resume for an industry you have zero previous experience in

The confidence that comes from having a polished, professional resume


You're Job Searching
You're actively looking for a new job but not getting called for interviews. Basically, your resume isn't impressing anyone.

You're In a Hurry
Your resume is a mess, you don't have a lot of time to update it, and an incredible job just popped up on your radar.

You're a Planner
You want to be ready and prepared with a spectacular resume so you can go after the right job at any time.

You're Overwhelmed
The list of dos and don'ts for your resume leave you yelling "I. Just. Can't." We've simplified the entire process. Promise.

Course Curriculum

  Bonus Lesson: Template Design PSA + Resume Examples
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"I didn't know what to expect, and honestly I was skeptical how much I would learn...but it blew everything I learned in business school out of the water! After the 24 hours, I updated my resume for an awesome job I saw, sent an email using the networking template to an informational interview contact, and heard back within 6 hours about the position."

—MacKenzie G., 29, Media Industry Professional

"I just completed the course over the weekend and there is a nervous excitement brewing in my belly. Something that once seemed SO daunting now feels absolutely doable. From the design templates and tips, the printable worksheets, and additional resources....this was top-notch stuff. This is a class I look forward to repeating."

—Vicki G., 47, Human Resources Professional

"The 24-Hour Resume Makeover is my roadmap to documenting the work I've done, matching my resume precisely to what hiring managers are looking for, and presenting it in a professional format. Lauren takes you step-by-step through the parts of the resume as well as answering tough questions about the process. I loved the research-driven approach to creating a solid resume. I've always known I should be working on my resume regularly. Now that I have a good format &way of writing about my experience, this is something I can commit to!"

— Rose M., 28, Technical Writer

"After listening to your resume advice, I felt like a light went off. I spent the rest of the evening revamping my resume based off of your recommendations - total game-changer. I applied to 3 positions today and heard back from every single one of them to set up an interview. This has never happened to me before and I am entirely convinced that it was because of your advice."

— Lauren S., 24, Social Media Professional

"This course was a worthwhile investment in me and my future. The attention to detail is unparalleled, the videos demonstrate everything! From how to download the worksheets and template (which I LOVE) to how to edit your resume line by line. For example, for some job postings I'll include my Twitter handle and others I won't. Lauren marries her experience as a recruiter with putting herself in the shoes of a modern-day job seeker - and she crushes it!"

- Kelly B., Sports Industry Professional

Hi, I'm Lauren McGoodwin

I lead Career Contessa, an online platform that helps women build successful careers. I launched Career Contessa after experiencing my own professional struggles working in a job I hated and feeling hopeless about what career I should pursue to be happy. Through trial and error, I figured out a strategy for transitioning to a new industry and company and I successfully landed a job as a Recruiter at Hulu with no formal recruiting experience. Loving my job and company was a game-changer for my overall happiness and confidence.

As a Recruiter, I screened thousands of resumes, interviewed candidates in a variety of roles, and learned the ins and outs of what made a candidate a successful applicant, what impressed hiring managers, and what mistakes were immediate deal-breakers. This insight helped me launch Career Contessa to offer women real, actionable advice based on how job searches really work and how the workplace really operates.

Through Career Contessa and our professional development platform, we're bringing these strategies, tips, and resources directly to you to help you make positive career changes quickly. If you know you need a resume but you just don't know how to get started, or your resume hasn't been gaining the attention you think you deserve as a candidate, I'm here to help you. Join me!


When does the course start?
Right after you purchase the course, you'll gain access to all the lessons.

When does the course end?
It is a completely self-paced online course—you decide when you start and when you finish. But this course is designed to be completed in 24-hours or less, if you want. That's because I know the job application process moves quickly, and I don't want you to miss a great opportunity. But I don't want you to rush, either. Giving yourself 24-hours to complete and send off your resume is that perfect time frame that allows you to put together a strong resume, sleep on it, look it over, and send it off with plenty of time to catch a recruiter's attention.

How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like—across any and all devices you own.

What are the software requirements for this course?
Before you begin, make sure you have the most recent version of Microsoft Word. This will allow you to use the resume templates. You will also need access to the Internet to download the course files and stream the videos. You can download a free trial or a paid subscription to Word here.

What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us within the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.