Chronological Perfection Resume Template


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Stand Out & Get Hired Faster With This Premium Chronological Resume Template for MS Word

ATS-friendly and easy-to-customize MS Word chronological resume template for professionals and executives. Prompts and tips throughout the template make writing your resume easy! Download it instantly and build your job-winning resume in minutes.

  • Premium templates designed by an award-winning, nationally recognized resume expert.
  • Results-proven, recruiter-approved, and created for real-world use.
  • Leave the generic-looking templates to others. Quickly create a resume as unique as you are. Nobody will ever guess you used a template!
  • Fast and easy to use. Flexible and simple to customize. Multiple color options. Video tutorials and pro tips & writing prompts included.
  • Yes, unlike most templates, Distinctive Resume Templates follow all modern best practice "rules" and are ATS-friendly! (This is SO important!)


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Biography, resume addendum, references, and cover letter templates for a wide range of professionals and executives from our Chronological Perfection Collection.  Microsoft Word is REQUIRED to use our templates.



Modern, ATS-Friendly Chronological Resume Template for Word

A modern, ATS-friendly, yet eye-catching chronological resume template for Microsoft Word. This easy-to-use template was designed with the busy professional in mind. Featuring beautiful, modern typography and layout, this chronological resume template is ATS-friendly and easy to customize in MS Word. Simply enter your information into the pre-formatted fields and watch as your job-winning resume takes shape in less than an hour!

With tips and prompts throughout, this template makes writing your resume a breeze. Not sure how to describe your work experience? No problem! Our helpful tips will guide you through each step of the process, from crafting an attention-grabbing summary to listing your skills and qualifications.

There are many benefits to using a chronological resume format. For one, it is the most popular resume format, and therefore, employers are familiar with it. Additionally, it is a great way to highlight your work history and show how you have progressed in your career. Finally, chronological resumes are easy to read and understand, making them ideal for busy hiring managers.

In short, this modern, ATS-friendly chronological resume template will make building your professional resume fast and easy. ATS compatibility is critically important when you are applying for jobs. Your resume will usually be stored in an applicant tracking system (ATS) that will be used to track you as a candidate throughout the hiring process.

Besides ATS compatibility, the layout and design of this chronological resume template is eye-catching and will easily help you establish a professional image to impress the hiring decision-makers for the job you most want.  Take a look at this example healthcare manager resume to see the template in use.

The Chronological Perfection Collection includes an optional bundle of matching documents, including a resume addendum with prompts for additional qualifications and skills, a professional biography template, references sheet template, and even a cover letter template.

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All of our templates are created to make it easy for you to customize them and make them your own. You can easily add or remove sections, rename sections, or even swap sections around. Changing the color scheme is equally easy, and we include video tutorials with every resume purchase to show you how to do this. Here are just some of the many color schemes available when you use our chronological resume template and the other matching career templates in the collection.

Easily Change the Color Scheme of All Our Resume Templates

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A resume formatted in the chronological style is just one format used by resume writers. To see other formats, take a look at our functional resume template, the combination resume template, traditional resume template, skills-based resume template, and this classic resume template.

All of our resume templates have been created specifically for Microsoft Word. Due to the digital nature of this template, all sales are final. For more information on licensing rights, please review our licensing terms.

Frequently Asked Questions

We can cover anything you need help with in relation to professional resume writing, from A to Z. My only agenda is to meet your needs and make sure that when our meeting comes to a close, you feel you have received the greatest value possible from our time together. Many colleagues want my help and guidance on challenging projects, and I provide advice in regard to the content, design, and strategy of the resumes they are working on. Others want help preparing for client consultations or handling particularly challenging clients. Professional development with the goal of achieving professional resume writing certification is another common topic.

When you are ready to book, you will be provided with my calendar, and you will be able to select a time and day that best meets your schedule. I do my best to make myself available on a variety of days and times, including occasional weekends and some nights and early mornings, in addition to regular office hours. The booking process is all online and fully automated, to make things as easy for you as possible.

Yes, please do! Our booking form includes space to describe how you want to use your session. If you have a specific resume or other documents you want me to review with you, please email them to me as far before the appointment as possible. That will give me some time to look at them ahead of time, so I can use our scheduled time together to provide my recommendations rather than read the documents while you wait.

Each consultation is scheduled for 60 minutes. Zoom is used so that I can share my computer screen with you during the consultation. This allows me to actually demonstrate recommended resume changes to you rather than just describe them. If you request it, I will record the consultation session and make it available to you for download, so that you may rewatch it later at your convenience.

No, not in the traditional sense. If we are working on a particular document and I see an error, I will certainly point it out to you. And, when I am recommending changes, I may actually make some of them for you on the document, as a way to demonstrate. But I will not proofread or edit your work in a thorough way. If you need help with those services, I will be happy to provide referrals.

All Distinctive Resume Templates designed by Michelle Dumas, a Nationally Certified Resume Writer and multi-time TORI Nominee & Award Winner

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Appearances matter, even with the written word, and how a document looks can make an immediate impact on the decision to read it or toss it aside. I train and mentor many excellent resume writers who have mastered the art of crafting highly effective resume content, but who lack the basic MS Word skills to create eye-catching, ATS compatible and uniquely branded documents. Distinctive Templates are the perfect solution for easily transforming well-written content into works of art that capture attention, generate interest, and motivate the recipient to read every word.
Norine Dagliano, NCRW, NCOPE, CPRW, CFRW/CC
Phil Hurd
While I primarily write resumes from scratch for each of my clients, I have also used Michelle’s templates and received great feedback. I find the templates are especially helpful to organize my thinking for those clients who have an overabundance of important information that still must fit in an ATS-friendly, 2-page format without looking cluttered or disorganized.
When I was starting out with resume writing a little over a year ago, one of the most intimidating aspects was visual design of resumes. I didn’t want to have to learn graphic design to stand out—and with these templates, I didn’t need to! I was a little hesitant at first because I thought the templates might be too rigid or generic. In actuality, they are incredibly flexible and easy to play around with. I can customize any template with my client’s favorite colors in just two clicks—which means they never look exactly the same, even if I use them for multiple clients. Using the templates means I can just do what I do best—write—and then plug the text right into the appropriate section. It saves me literal HOURS of work and hassle. One of the best parts about purchasing from Michelle is that she is extremely responsive to questions. There’s a private Facebook group where she records screen share tutorials about how to switch up certain elements in the templates, and she's always been responsive to my emailed questions. My clients are completely thrilled with the unique, modern design of their resume, and I’m thrilled that I'm saving time and don’t have to learn graphic design!
Bob Janitz
I love Michelle’s resume templates! The designs are eye-catching and easy to use. I highly recommend these templates for anyone who finds that designing a creative, contemporary formatted resume is a challenge. They’re a huge time-saver.
Bob Janitz, NCRW,
amber f
I used the “Pivot” template to create a combination functional/chronological resume for my first big client. Her words when she saw the finished product: “THIS IS AMAZING!” I’m a writer, not a designer. My resumes aren’t unprofessional, but they needed a “wow” factor – and now they have it. Thank you, Michelle, for offering such affordably priced tools!
Amber Fernandez, Freelance Writer



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