Next Steps Resume Template
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The Next Steps Resume Template is a classic format resume template that is especially good as a student resume template or for others who have limited or even no work experience. Microsoft Word is REQUIRED.
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A Classic Format Resume Template for Students and Others With Limited Work Experience
The Next Steps Resume Template is a classic format resume template that is especially good as a student resume template or for others who have limited or even no work experience.
While the dark red and gray color scheme gives the classic format resume template a modern flair that will stand out and get attention, it can be changed easily to any color scheme you wish.
With space to highlight major highlights that qualify you for the type of work you are targeting, plus lots of room to include qualifications and to fit even more keywords in by listing coursework completed and technical skills, this resume template will help ensure your resume is keyword optimized.
If you have no work experience you may wonder what to include in your resume. While this classic format resume template includes an experience section, this space can be used in a variety of ways. For example, you could list volunteer experience here or experience gained through an internship. It doesn’t matter how or where you obtained the experience, it just matters that you did. You could even include experience that you gained on some large academic projects. Just be careful not to “pad” your resume with irrelevant details. Always frame and present your experience in a way that is relevant to the type of job you are targeting.
The Next Steps classic format resume template is ATS compatible. The only graphical element on the resume is the box overlaying the name and contact info section (everything else is simply shading rather than graphics). Most ATS systems can handle graphics easily and will simply skip them and read the underlying text.
Available separately, the Next Steps references dossier, biography template, and letterhead template are designed to coordinate with our Next Steps Resume template. See all the templates in the collection:
As with all our template collections, MS Word is required.
WHAT OUR TEMPLATE USERS SAY
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.
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!
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.
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!
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