Changing careers can be hard! Even more challenging is that most resume templates are designed for professionals with a traditional, linear career path. If you are changing careers it requires a resume template that helps you to call out relevant accomplishments and qualifications regardless of where they occurred in your work history.
On the other hand, you may have read that a functional format resume is the best for career changers or people with employment gaps in their resume. This is partially but not totally true. Functional format resumes are not favored by recruiters and cause problems with applicant tracking systems (ATS) that are designed to recognize a chronological work history.
Our Modern Transformations resume template for changing careers is a great compromise. While it includes a prominent section on the first page to call out transferable qualifications and accomplishments, it also includes a traditional reverse-chronological section for your employment history.
Again, much of the first page of the resume template for career changers is taken up by a strong summary that will allow the career changer to be very selective in what he or she emphasizes. This is a perfect strategy for career changers. Just keep in mind that this resume may still choke some ATS systems. However, this might be an acceptable trade-off for those struggling to make a career change.
Including the correct keywords is also important when changing careers. The Modern Transformations resume template includes lots of space for including keywords. Not sure what to include as keywords in your resume? Try reviewing job descriptions. What qualifications are being sought in these? Many times, these will be the most important keywords to include.
Available separately, the Modern Transformation biography and letterhead templates are designed to coordinate with our Modern Transformation resume template. See all templates in the collection:
The design of this resume template uses a traditional blend of sans serif fonts for resume body text and serif fonts for headings. The dark blue and green resume color scheme is striking, but can be easily changed with just a couple of mouse clicks. We provide tutorial videos with every resume template purchase that show you how to easily customize the resume template, with no design experience necessary. Some of the many color scheme choices, include:
All of our resume templates are designed for MS Word. They have not been tested for use with Google Docs, Pages, or other word processors.
If you are still wondering whether you should use a template for your resume, take a look at the dramatic difference this template makes on this example CFO resume designed with the template.