Bright Ambitions Contemporary Resume Template2023-02-13T11:09:42-05:00

Bright Ambitions Contemporary Resume Template


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Stand Out & Win Your Dream Job Faster With This Contemporary Resume Template

This contemporary resume template from our Bright Ambitions Collection is designed for experienced professionals and executives. The format is traditional but modern and is easily adaptable for a wide variety of needs. Created for MS Word, the resume is both ATS-friendly and eye-catching.

  • Leave the cookie-cutter MS Word resume templates to others. Quickly create a contemporary resume as unique as you are. Nobody will ever guess you used a template!
  • Overcome all of the problems with default MS Word resume templates. Our templates follow all the contemporary best practice "rules" for resumes.
  • Flexible and easy to customize. Change the entire color scheme with just two mouse clicks. Video tutorials included.
  • Yes, it is ATS-friendly! (This is SO important!)
  • Results-proven and created for real-world use. Follow the included tips and prompts and your resume will practically write itself.


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Bright Ambitions Biography, References, & Letterhead Templates

The Bright Ambitions biography, references, and resume cover letter templates are designed to coordinate with our Bright Ambitions resume template. The entire template collection has been created for the use of professionals and executives. Microsoft Word is REQUIRED.



A Contemporary Resume Template with Bright Splashes of Color

The Bright Ambitions contemporary resume template for Microsoft Word is designed for experienced professionals and executives and is suitable for use across a wide range of industries.

Similar in structure, but slightly different in design from our Ambitions Collection of templates, the contemporary design of the Bright Ambitions resume template and matching professional biography template, references template, and resume cover letter template, are ideal for a professional who wants their resume to stand out with bright splashes of color.

The contemporary resume template in the Bright Ambitions collection is ATS compliant which is a necessity for a modern job search. The Bright Ambitions resume also includes lots of room for keywords, which are also a necessity in a contemporary job search.

Besides the colorful headers and footers, the Bright Ambition resume includes many other contemporary touches, such as the Achievements Highlights section that can be used to promote your most important achievements without concern for chronological order. This enables you to be strategic in what you emphasize, to make sure your resume speaks to employers’ needs.

The Contributions Snapshot sections and the front-loaded, bolded, bulleted achievements are other contemporary touches,

Beyond being a good contemporary resume template for experienced professionals following a linear and traditional career path, the structure of the Bright Ambitions resume can also be a good choice for career changers or people returning to a career track from earlier in their career.

The Bright Ambitions Collection takes on a whole new “look and feel” when you change the colors. Just remember to change to an identical color scheme on all the documents in the Collection, to give all your career marketing documents a cohesive, branded look. Just some of your many color choices include:

Bright Ambitions Contemporary Resume Template Color Choices 1

Available separately, the Bright Ambitions biography template, references template, and letterhead template are designed to coordinate with our Bright Ambitions Resume template. See all the templates in the collection:

Like all our templates for MS Word, everything is easily customizable. Just copy and paste to add sections or rename or delete sections to make Bright Ambitions your own.

Microsoft Word is required to use all our templates.

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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