Meg Applegate, M.S. Ed, CPRW

Certified Resume Writer + Job Search Strategist


I’m forever a girls’ girl. I traded my childhood BFF necklaces for Greek letters in college. My greatest personal and professional growth is attributed to and has been accelerated by female mentors and authentic girlfriends.

I’ve worked full-time, part-time and stayed at home with kids. I understand the challenge and reward of holding a career and family in tandem (and in the tension). While my professional journey has been anything but straight, my zeal for the last decade has been connecting women to their passion to live fulfilled lives.

I’m your career matchmaker.

I connect you to your next best opportunity. Together, we’ll hush your inner critic to hone your value. Your career jump will look like a logical next step instead of a professional leap. Anxiety and overwhelm will go to the wayside when I write your modern career documents (yep, check that off your to-do list). And your job search, I’ll coach you play by play. Whether you are stepping back into the workplace, downshifting your career or leaning in, I’m here to help you navigate the modern job search.

Gain confidence. Hone your value. Land Quickly.

I enjoy serving women nationwide, but I am a native (and proud!) Indiana Hoosier at heart. An enthusiast of antiques and old homes, I am driven by my faith, family, dark chocolate and my morning cup of coffee.


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I felt clueless and inadequate to write a professional resume. I didn’t know how to begin. Meg had no fear. My favorite part was the personal coaching. Meg is confident, professional, timely and knowledgeable. I feel prepared to begin submitting my resume after working with Meg.
— Mary R., Nurse


I hold the Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Online Job Search & Reputation Management credential in addition to my master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs (M.S.Ed). I am an ‘Ask the Experts’ contributor for the National Resume Writers’ Association and board member for the Career Development Professionals of Indiana. My work is featured in the most recent edition of Resume For Dummies Ⓡ (8th Ed., 2019). 

Meg is extremely interested in learning about you as a person and not just finding out details to complete the service (although it was accomplished professionally and in detail).

— Katie L., Senior Marketing and Operations Manager

My Career Zigs and Zags

2006 – 2009

I was a freshly minted graduate with a bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management ready to transform the world! I landed in program and event manager roles in two nonprofit organizations.

2009 – 2016

At the start, I was an academic advisor by day and grad student by night at a mid-sized research institution. Once I graduated, I held full-time and part-time roles in career development and academic advising coaching students toward their goals. Together, we created academic and career plans to realize them. Pregnant for the majority of this time, I had all three of my kids less than two years apart from one another.

2016 – 2017

Once my third child was born, I stayed home with my three babies that were 4, 2 and an infant at the time.  I spent my days dreaming up my business, feeding kids, mopping floors and generally sweating on playdates while caring for and carrying all the kid things!

2017 – Current

You are looking at it. Realizing a dream and passion every day by mobilizing women toward their career goals.

Hear it from me on the Ready, Pause Go podcast:

Listen  to the zig and zags in my career story and grab quick resume tips if you are blowing the digital dust off of your resume on the Ready Pause Go Podcast.

Listen to the zig and zags in my career story and grab quick resume tips if you are blowing the digital dust off of your resume on the Ready Pause Go Podcast.


It all started when...

I sat down as an overwhelmed high school student with my Dad to write my first resume. His guidance was simple. It was a Q & A about an elephant and eating habits:"How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time."

Since that first sit down, I've written many resumes with the same method. I use my utensils carefully in crafting resumes: attentiveness to detail, packing a punch with keywords, and telling career success stories with care and creativity. My goal is to fill up on elephant so you can be fulfilled in life.