Let Us Help You Develop Your Resume and Professional Image.

We are your source for career advice for professionals seeking to stand out and win in highly competitive industries. Founded in 2003, Career Advantage is a career consulting firm based in Lawrence, Kansas. Our team includes Carol D. Rau and Erin Wolfram, M.S. For over ten years, we have partnered with clients to provide exceptional career services including resumes, cover letters, interviewing, and portfolios.

We have a proven ability to help clients use career documents to rise above the competition and attain career goals. We look forward to working with you and wish you all the best in advancing your career!

Carol D Rau, PHR
Carol D. Rau, PHR

Career Speaker

Career Consultant, Speaker, and Author with winning strategies for professionals to advance their careers.

Carol D. Rau, PHR is a Certified Professional in Human Resources and Conference Speaker with over twenty years of experience in recruiting, career coaching, resume building, and job search strategies. She authors a Career Column in GCM Magazine and is a frequent speaker at national, regional, and local conferences.

Carol earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Communications from the University of Kansas. She has served on several Boards of Directors in the Lawrence, Kansas community and enjoys golfing, distance running, and cheering for the Jayhawks with her husband and two sons.

Erin B. Wolfram, MS

Career and Etiquette Consultant

Career and professional etiquette consultant with a strong background in one-on-one consulting, career course development, and website development.

Erin B. Wolfram, MS has over thirteen years of experience in career and professional etiquette consulting and online career course development. She also helps small businesses by developing websites and portfolios. Erin believes in getting to know clients and their stories to help them reflect their best selves in their application materials and/or business branding.

She received a Bachelor of Science in Secondary English Education from Kansas State University, as well as both a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology and a Master of Science in Educational Technology from The University of Kansas. She also earned a professional etiquette certificate in 2012 from The Etiquette Institute in St. Louis, MO. Outside of work, Erin has a passion for fitness and nutrition and enjoys traveling to tropical locations and visiting local wineries.

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Melissa Johnson, MS

Career Consultant

Career management professional with an extensive and diverse background in career coaching and education.

Melissa E. Johnson, M.Ed. has over 20 years of experience working with individuals from a variety of careers and industries. She specializes in one-on-one career coaching, resume and cover letter development, and job search assistance. She also has experience teaching career management courses in a higher education setting. Melissa has a passion for providing individualized support and guidance for each of her clients to ensure they are able to achieve their career goals.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at The University of Kansas and a Master of Education in Counseling Psychology at The University of Missouri. She also completed a Distance Counselor Certification program through The Center for Credentialing and Education. When she’s not working, you can usually find her enjoying the great outdoors, planning her next travel adventure or watching her favorite Kansas City sports teams.


  • Thank you so much for the fantastic, grand slam resume and cover letter. After a six month intensive hiring process to secure my dream job, I want to say thank you for your amazing support and creativity to make it happen!!! - Catherine N., National Association Executive
  • I hadn't updated my resume in 15 years and arrived to meet with Kari feeling quite unprepared. After a 30-minute conversation with her, I was astonished at the level of content she created with the finished product! I was so proud to share it with others and was pleasantly surprised at how accomplished it made me look. I really did all those things but never had the opportunity to frame my achievements in such a professional way. She did not disappoint! - Jane B., Non-profit Director
  • I've collaborated with Career Advantage for my entire professional career.  They have guided me through three significant career moves.  My resumes and cover letters have received high praise from hiring managers.  I've suggested Career Advantage to family and friends and they've all had great experiences. - Ben G., District Sales Manager
  • After completing my resume and LinkedIn page with Carol, I had my first job interview 48 hours later and started a new job the following Monday. I have since referred pretty much everyone I know to her including my own family. - Tom M., Marketing Executive