Modern Transformations Resume Template



Stand Out & Get Hired Faster: One of Our Best Resume Templates for Changing Careers

While designed as a resume template for changing careers, the MS Word resume template in the Modern Transformations collection is also a good choice for other professionals and executives. Much of the first page is taken up by a strong summary that will allow the career changer to be very selective in what he or she emphasizes.

  • 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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Modern Transformations Coordinating Documents

The Modern Transformation biography and letterhead templates are designed to coordinate with our Modern Transformation resume template. As with all our templates, the length, color, fonts, and structure can all be easily customized. Microsoft Word is REQUIRED.



A Modern Resume Template Designed for Professionals Changing Careers

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. 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:

resume template for changing careers color options

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.

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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