Mike McRitchie

Mike McRitchie is a resume and Linkedin profile writer, “Top 100 Career Blogger”, and telecom copywriter with over 20 years of experience managing wireless telecom build-outs for all the major U. S. carriers (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint) as a project manager, program manager, and director-level leader.

What Is The Book (Or Books) You’ve Given Most As A Gift, And Why?

Awaken the Giant Within (Tony Robbins) – asking with his Personal Power cassette tapes in the ’90’s helped me build confidence and a positive attitude. Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen Covey) – the first few chapters are a hard read. Took a few tries to get through the book but solid business principles. How to Win Friends and Influence People (Dale Carnegie) – a must of dealing with people. A non-sales persuasion book.

When You Feel Overwhelmed Or Unfocused, Or Have Lost Your Focus Temporarily, What Do You Do?

Take a break and do something else, take a nap, or start on the easy part of a project just to get momentum.

What Are Bad Recommendations You Hear In Your Profession Or Area Of Expertise?

You have to be always available.

In The Last Five Years, What New Belief, Behavior, Or Habit Has Most Improved Your Life?

Getting up earlier. I now get up at 5:30am, wash the dogs 2 miles, the tackle most important projects while I’m fresh. Tough to do creative work late at night so this works best.

What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made?

Committing to my resume and LinkedIn writing side hustle. Having written nearly 200 resumes I’ve met many interesting people as I helped them uncover their career stories. It has also improved my personal cash flow so I can support my kid’s sports activities and avoid debt.

If You Could Have A Gigantic Billboard Anywhere With Anything On It — What Would It Say And Why?

Age-proof your career. Especially true for those in their 50’s and 60’s who can’t retire quite yet but are at risk of corporate layoffs (high salary and market pressures on the business). This means getting your financial house in order, building new skills, and networking.

How Has A Failure, Or Apparent Failure, Set You Up For Later Success?

My favorite failure is when I had a job offer for a high pay position in Cincinnati, OH working for a prior boss. I lived in California. On the day I was due to leave (car packed with wife, cat and bird, the rest in storage) I called to let him know we were leaving and would be there in 9 days. He said the job is no longer available. So I told him we’re headed out there on “vacation” and would call when we got out there. Drove cross country, went up to Niagara Falls then down to Pittsburgh. Made the call. He asked if I could get to Cleveland the next day. I said I’d be there. Made it there… Interviewed… Was hired… And started that day.

Push yourself and be willing to make mistakes and then learn from them.

Mike McRitchie

When did you first become a rebel?

I’ve always had a habit of coming up with new business ideas but then poking holes in the idea and not starting. Finally made this business happen. I don’t like people telling me what to do. I compete against myself.

What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student about to enter the “real world”?

Put in the hours and give it your all early on in your career to develop marketable skills and find an industry with growth potential. You’re laying the foundation for your future.

What Careers Advice Would You Give To Your 21-Year Old Self?

Push yourself and be willing to make mistakes and then learn from them.

Tell us about your business. What does it do and what value do you add?

I help mid-career job changers in technical or managerial roles uncover cool stories, strengths and accomplishments then craft a resume or LinkedIn profile to market them effectively. Through that process they gain confidence and better understand their value in the market.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Copywriting

Where do you see your industry in the next 5 years?

Telecom industry is my day job and also a key niche for my resume writing business. It is really growing as our smartphones are most people’s most important personal item.

Tell us about someone you admire and why you admire them?

Responsible people. They just quietly go about their lives and handle things. They don’t get deep in debt and don’t ask for bailouts.

What is currently wrong with the recruitment process today?

Too many people forget about leveraging networks and rely on tech. It often makes it harder to get good people or make candidates feel like a commodity.

What is the most common mistake you see people make when applying for a job?

Only applying online. Most jobs not filled that way. Networking and referrals win.

Can you give us your most important formatting tips?

Make it clean and easy to read. White space and bullet points. Ditch the cool formatting and graphics.

How does your resume advice change from a 20 year old to a 50 year old?

First few jobs -1 page and show you are driven. 30’s – 2 pages and start to transition from showing responsibilities and skills to accomplishments. 40’s+ – Accomplishment focused and show career progression.

Are Resume's Dead?

No.

How has Covid-19 changed your industry?

Remote work is the rule now.

What are you NOT Very Good at?

My handwriting sucks. I type everything.