Michelle Kruse

Michelle Kruse

Michelle Kruse is the Recruitment, Editor, and Content Manager at ResumeEdge, where she manages a team of 40 professional resume writers to make sure her clients achieve career success.  She has more than 10 years of hiring and recruiting experience for companies such as Novartis and IBM, in addition to a background in coaching and a master’s in leadership development. When she’s not helping job seekers land their dream job, Michelle enjoys spending time with her three little girls, traveling the globe, and going to concerts.

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How to Maintain Meaningful Internship Connections

by Michelle Kruse  |  August 10, 2016

I recently received a call from a salesman I'd met at a local auto dealership. He said he was simply reaching out to see how I was doing and to ask if he could be of any assistance to me. Ultimately, his goal was to maintain a connection with me in hopes that I might one day become his next customer-but he missed the mark. If he really wanted to stay connected, calling me nine months later out of the blue just to say "Hi" was not the best approach. I politely declined his offer of help and... Read More >

How to Make Your Degree Stand Out

by Michelle Kruse  |  May 03, 2016

This time of year, many of us start to focus our efforts on shedding winter weight, inspired by the desire to get "pool ready." We devour articles on the latest 30-day planking challenge, how to train for your first 5K or what new crunch to do to get your abs to "pop." Each time I read these, I often think back to a chemistry professor who would say, "A calorie is a calorie is a calorie!" He was adamant that the scientific theory behind the definition of a calorie (the energy needed to... Read More >

Is Grad School Right for You?

by Michelle Kruse  |  March 09, 2016

John Dewey, the late American philosopher, once said, "Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." Each day, we become more aware of the world in which we live and gain valuable insight that carries us further. A collegiate education is one way we can rapidly increase our knowledge base, which ultimately translates into additional career opportunities and potential. In the United States, close to 30 percent of our population currently holds a bachelor's degree. If... Read More >

5 Resume Myths You Should Feel Free to Ignore

by Michelle Kruse  |  February 16, 2016

Throughout my life, my mother has always been there to try to guide me in the correct direction. At a young age, she instilled the importance of having a neat room and keeping a tidy house. She's offered advice around cooking, getting stubborn stains out of clothes and even things to remember when filing my taxes-all sound advice that came in handy once I was living on my own. While the majority of her wisdom could be classified as ironclad, she has been known to pass down a few old wives'... Read More >

How to Deal With a Resume Gap

by Michelle Kruse  |  January 04, 2016

The list of reasons for a gap in your resume is seemingly limitless. Maybe it was time to take a few years off to raise your children, your original career plans may no longer match your current goals and you've returned to school, or maybe hard times have found their way to your doorstep. Whatever the reason, gaps in our employment histories happen. While there may be a gap on your resume, all hope for overcoming the hurdles involved in the hiring process should not be lost. If you're... Read More >

10 Signs You Should Run Away From a Job Offer

by Michelle Kruse  |  November 30, 2015

Aristotle once said, "The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain." While the famous philosopher probably wasn't offering career advice, I'm going to make the stretch and say it's just as applicable in this arena. Being happy with our careers shouldn't be a lofty goal-it should be the foundation that we base our career choices on. Unless you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth, the numbers speak for themselves; the average worker will spend around 100,000 hours... Read More >

Pushing the Curtain Aside for an Encore Career

by Michelle Kruse  |  November 02, 2015

I recently went to dinner with a friend whose decades-long career, judging from all outside appearances, has been a resounding success. This is why I found myself scratching my head when she asked the question, "Am I crazy for wanting to make a switch at my age?" My initial thought was, "Yes! Why would you want to switch industries during what can only be described as the peak of a triumphant career?" However, this isn't the first time I've heard this question asked by professionals in... Read More >

Should I Stay or Should I Go? When to Call it Quits at Work

by Michelle Kruse  |  October 21, 2015

Whether you're new to an organization or you've been there for years, you may be asking the same question: Is this job right for me? If you're hearing The Clash bounce around your skull at the end of each day, it may be time to seriously evaluate your current position. Whatever the reason for your uncertainty, the point is that something has you running internal diagnostics on your career path with your current organization. While the impulse to jump ship and start anew is strong, you need... Read More >

10 Keywords to Set Your Finance Resume Apart from the Crowd

by Michelle Kruse  |  August 19, 2015

At one time or another, every job-seeker seems to ask the same question: What makes a perfect resume? Over the years, I've learned that the answer is two-pronged: A perfect resume is customized to a specific position within an organization, and it should contain keywords found in the job description as well as key industry terms. While there are certainly more factors to consider when crafting a resume, deviating from this recipe will likely result in your application being screened out... Read More >

How to Reboot When the Job Feels Stale

by Michelle Kruse  |  August 03, 2015

We've all experienced the Monday blues at one time or another. You know the feeling: You've returned to the office after a great weekend, and before you even sit down in your chair, you're already wishing it was Tuesday.  I think we can agree that this is a normal part of life, albeit an unpleasant one. For most of us, these occasional bouts of Monday-morning melancholy are just that: occasional. But some people can never seem to shake the Monday blues away.  When the Mondays become a... Read More >

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