Hello, I’m Michelle Dumas, the passionate force behind Distinctive Resume Templates. My journey in the world of resumes began over 25 years ago, and since then, I’ve worked with well over 10,000 job hunters, crafting standout resumes that have transformed careers.

Originally launched on the Internet in 1996, my company, Distinctive Career Services, is widely recognized as one of the industry’s longest-standing resume-writing companies and an industry pioneer on the Internet. We’ve grown and changed a lot over the years, but one thing has remained constant, and that is our commitment to delivering unmatched expertise, quality, and commitment to clients.

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Distinctive Resume Templates LogoThe inception of Distinctive Resume Templates was born out of a genuine concern for job seekers. I’ve witnessed countless resumes created from templates over the years, and a common thread was the outdated, unattractive, and often incompatible formats with Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). This realization was unsettling. I knew that many talented individuals were missing out on opportunities simply because their resumes weren’t making the cut in the digital realm.

But it wasn’t just about ATS compatibility. A resume, in my eyes, is a reflection of one’s professional journey. It should be as unique and distinctive as the individual it represents. That’s why each template in our collection was adapted from resumes that I personally crafted and designed. They’re not just templates; they’re a culmination of years of expertise, experience, and a deep understanding of what makes a resume truly stand out.


But, make no mistake: Distinctive Resume Templates aren’t just about aesthetics. They’re about revolutionizing the way job seekers present themselves. Our templates are designed to be ATS-friendly, ensuring that your resume doesn’t get lost in the digital shuffle. But more than that, they’re crafted to help you tell your story in a compelling way, from the prompts and tips in the template that help you summarize and communicate the value you’ve delivered to employers, to the modern resume designs that capture attention while meeting all contemporary resume writing and formatting best practices.


Distinctive Resume TemplatesWhile our templates are a boon for job seekers, they’re also a trusted resource for professional resume writers, job search coaches, recruiters, and others in the employment industry.

We count hundreds of these professionals among our most loyal, repeat customers. They count Distinctive Resume Templates among their most trusted resources for ATS-friendly, results-producing resume templates used with their clients.

Many of these professionals are members of our Distinctive Resume Templates Insiders program, receiving a steady stream of new templates and personal support from me.


I’ve always believed that a great resume begins with great content. The resume design is just one piece of the puzzle. That’s why, even as we offer these templates, I encourage job seekers to focus on the content, the stories, and the value they bring to potential employers. And if you ever need guidance, I’m here to help, drawing from my vast experience and expertise in the field.


Whether you’re a job seeker looking to elevate your resume or a professional assisting others in their career journey, I invite you to explore my resume templates and see the difference they can make. Let’s work together to create resumes that not only pass the ATS test but also capture your personal brand and the essence of you as a professional.


Continuous learning is one of our company core values. With the increasing importance of technology in the job search process, our industry is changing rapidly. We eagerly take advantage of opportunities to remain on the cutting-edge of trends, to provide the best possible return on investment to our clients. Just some of the many certifications I have earned include:

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Other certifications held by the team of resume writers and career coaches on the Distinctive Career Services team include: Professional Certified Coach; Authorized DISC Administrator and Behavioral Consultant; Certified Job Search Specialist; Credentialed Career Manager; Master Resume Writer; Certified Career Transition Coach; Certified Executive Resume Master; and Certified Master Resume Writer.


National and international awards programs recognize the best-of-the-best in the professional resume writing industry. My team and I combined have won dozens of awards from the National Resume Writers Association (NRWA), Professional Association of Resume Writers (PARW),  and Career Directors International (CDI). I also served as the 2018 Chair of the NRWA ROAR Awards and participated on the ROAR Awards Committee in 2015 and 2016. Some of the many key wins include:

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The industry’s top professional resume writers are often called upon to contribute to books on job searching and resume writing. My resumes and the resumes written by many writers on the Distinctive Career Services team have been published in dozens of books, including:

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