Modern Advantage CV Template



Attention-Getting Modern CV Template Blending Traditional CV Structure with Modern Design

If you work in academia or a scientific or medical role and are looking for a modern CV template, look no further. This modern CV template for Microsoft Word will ensure you shine and win the job. Prompts and tips throughout the template make creating your CV easy!

  • 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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From our Modern Advantage CV Collection, these professional biography, references, and cover letter templates will ensure you stand out and get attention when applying for academic or other scientific research positions. All templates are designed for MS Word. 



This Modern CV Template Will Capture Attention and Give You an Unbeatable Competitive Edge

This modern CV template is eye-catching and impeccably professional and will win you an unbeatable competitive edge. Most CVs are dull, hard-to-read, text-only lists of research and teaching experience and other credentials.

Our modern CV templates, including this one from our Modern Advantage Collection have an updated and modern look and feel that blends the best of both a traditional CV and a modern resume. This combination is guaranteed to make your qualifications shine.

In North America, the words CV (curriculum vitae) and resume are often used interchangeably to describe a document that is actually in the format of a resume. There is a fundamental difference between a resume and a CV. They are not the same. In North America, typically only people who work in academia (both teaching and research positions) and some medical and scientific positions will require a CV.

Our modern CV templates make it easy for you to create a new CV or give your existing CV a contemporary facelift. Just follow the prompts in the Microsoft Word template and either insert your new content or copy and paste from your old CV to your new, modern CV. Then, when you are happy with it, save it as a .DOCX document and export to a .PDF document. With these two CV formats, you will have everything you need for your applications.

Distinctive Resume Templates’ modern, hybrid CVs provide space to set the focus of your CV and summarize your research and academic interests and expertise, along with your most important research skills and knowledge. Then, like a traditional CV, the emphasis of the rest of the document will be on your academic accomplishments and credentials.

Every CV will be as unique as the individual. This modern CV template includes the most common categories and it is easy to add or delete sections, change the order of them, or rename sections. The length of a CV is also variable and in general, they will be longer than a traditional resume. Because they require a comprehensive listing of your research and academic credentials, it would not be uncommon for a CV to be four or more pages in length.

It is easy to add or remove pages from this modern CV template. As you keep adding content to your CV and the template will add pages as required, with the header automatically included.

Like all of our templates, you can also easily change the CV color scheme with just a couple of mouse clicks. We provide instructive video tutorials with every purchase of our resume and CV templates to show you how to easily do this yourself. Here are just a few of the color options for this CV.

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The Modern Advantage CV Collection includes an optional bundle of matching documents, including a professional biography template, a references sheet template, and even a cover letter template.

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All of our resume and CV templates have been created specifically for Microsoft Word. They have not been tested in Google Docs, Pages, or other word-processing software.  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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