“It’s absolutely miserable feeling stuck in a job that doesn’t maximize your strengths, with an employer who undervalues your efforts, or in a career without opportunity for growth and advancement.

I’ve been there, and together we can get you unstuck and moving forward confidently in your career!”

  • My story starts as a serial job seeker.

    I jumped from customer service, hospitality, and office administration jobs as I chipped away at a two-year liberal arts degree. I postponed a four-year college experience because I had no idea what direction I wanted to go in for my career.

    I knew I was a strong writer and loved writing, but I didn’t know how I should translate that into a career.

    I started freelance writing in my free time, tried a little bit of everything from website copywriting to manuscript editing, and still struggled to find that niche that was going to give me a sense of purpose and fulfillment.

    I fell into resume writing completely by accident.

    While scrolling through Craigslist for another local full-time job (Remember, serial job seeker…), I came across an ad looking for freelance resume writers—no experience needed and as many projects as I wanted to take on.

    I realized that my resume had never failed to get me the job that I wanted, so I gave it a try…

    I discovered that the training videos used to get “no-experience-needed” resume writers up to par only scratched the surface, so I sought out experts and career services organizations to learn as much as I could.

    I took on a few clients independently, but I fully committed to a career in resume writing when I launched Off The Clock Resumes in 2014.

    Fast forward to today.

    I prioritize keeping up to date with the evolving hiring best practices and technologies that become obstacles between you and your overarching career goals. The templates, worksheets, plans, and digital courses I've created are designed to empower you to take control of your job search.

  • Off The Clock Resumes Office

    You shouldn't have to rely on resume writers, career coaches, or other career service providers to make moves in your career.

    Getting through systems and gateways is teachable.

    Let me show you how to get unstuck and moving forward confidently, no matter what your career goals are.

Steph Cartwright, Job Search Strategist and Certified Resume Writer

Career Snapshot:

  • Helped hundreds of job seekers get unstuck and get a foot in the door at the companies they’d love to work for with their resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and job search plans since 2014

  • Certified by the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches in 2015

  • Graduate from WGU with a bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management in 2018

  • Active member of the National Resume Writers' Association since 2018

  • Featured or quoted in 15+ publications and a guest on 6+ podcasts since 2019
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Career Sessions, Career Lessons Podcast: The Art Of The Resume, With Steph Cartwright | May 20, 2024

The Career Evangelist Podcast: Navigating the Evolving Landscape of Job Search in the Digital Age with Steph Cartwright | May 8, 2024

Chan with a Plan Podcast: Why Your Resume Is Failing And How To Succeed In A Tough Job Market with Steph Cartwright Mar 26, 2024

Mac's List, Find Your Dream Job Podcast: How to Create and Use a Job Search Plan to Get Hired Faster, with Steph Cartwright Dec 20, 2023

In Real Life with Edrina, YouTube Channel: Power Up Your LinkedIn Profile with Steph Cartwright Jul 18, 2022

UpJourney: How To Write A Good LinkedIn Summary (With 15+ Examples) Jun 16, 2022

My Life, I Guess... Money & Making A Living Blog: If the Great Resignation Is Real, Why Is It So Hard to Find a Job? (Removed) Mar 22, 2022

Her Step Forward Podcast: Steph Cartwright, Certified Resume Writer & Founder, Off the Clock Resumes Dec 8, 2021

Nobody Told Me! Podcast: ...how to write a stand-out resume in a brutal job market Jul 26, 2021

Yahoo Finance!: Signs Your Resume Needs a Complete Makeover Mar 24, 2021

GoBankingRates.com: How To Get Your Resume Noticed by Recruiters Mar 2, 2021

Thrive Global: 5 Things A Business Should Do To Create A Wow! Customer Experience (Removed) | Jan 26, 2021

Authority Magazine: 5 Things A Business Should Do To Create A Wow! Customer Experience Jan 25, 2021

MSN.com: 22 Things To Do Now To Land A Job In A Recession (Removed) Apr 21, 2020

Thrive Global: Steph Cartwright: Remember That Busy Doesn't Mean Successful (Removed) Apr 17, 2020

Fairygodboss: I Did This My First Month After Getting Laid Off and It Was A Game Changer Mar 9, 2020

Best Company: What You Should Know About Creating A Personal Logo (Removed) Jan 21, 2020

Authority Magazine: Steph Cartwright: Remember That Busy Doesn't Mean Successful Dec 4, 2019

Modern Thumbprint: Success In Business: Steph Cartwright, Off The Clock Resumes Sep 6, 2019

The Ladders: 4 Reasons September Is A Great Time To Re-boot Your Job Search Sep 4, 2019

The Network Journal: How To Incorporate Keywords Into Your Resume Aug 14, 2019

UpJourney: LinkedIn Headline Advice & Examples For Job Seekers Aug 12, 2019

UpJourney: How To Make Your Resume Stand Out Jul 9, 2019

UpJourney: How Long Should A Cover Letter Be? Apr 29, 2019

Fairygodboss: The 8 Verbs Leaders Need On Their Resume Apr 10, 2019

Business News Daily: Tips For Getting Hired On LinkedIn (Removed) April 9, 2019

Resume Worded: The 20 Best Resume Tips and Tricks Mar 25, 2019

Fit Small Business: Top 25 LinkedIn Headline Tips With Examples From The Pros (Removed) Mar 1, 2019

Discover: 5 Things Every New Grad Should Include on Their First Resume Feb 28, 2019

Dream Career Collective: LinkedIn Profile Example and Tips Jan 6, 2019

  • When I’m not in my office, you’ll find me lounging by or on the lake (weather permitting!) or hibernating under blankets and in front of the pellet stove while watching Disney Classic Animation movies or something a bit nerdy like Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, or Outlander for the hundredth time.

    Well, that is, when I’m not chasing our toddler around the house!

    I am happily married, a working-from-home first-time mama, and wrangler of three rambunctious dogs:

    • Our Siberian Husky, Denali
    • Our German Shepherd, Ava
    • And our Alaskan Malamute, Teddy
  • Steph Cartwright Family
  • DISNEY FAVORITES: Robin Hood, Beauty and the Beast, Princess and the Frog


    • A nerdy binge like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or Game of Thrones for the hundredth time
    • The Chosen
    • Outlander
  • WHAT I'M LISTENING TO: All-American Rejects, Avril Lavigne, or similar pop punk favorites

    WHAT I'M DRINKING: Iced mocha (sometimes with caramel), black raspberry sparkling water, or red wine