Impeccably Professional CV Template



Quickly & Easily Transform Your Research or Teaching CV with this Professional CV Template

If you are looking for a professional CV template for an academic teaching or research job, look no further. This professional CV template blends traditional CV format with modern resume design to create an attention-getting CV.  Prompts and tips throughout the template make editing 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 Impeccably Professional CV Collection, these professional biography, references, and cover letter templates will ensure you stand out and get attention when applying for academic or research positions. All templates are designed for MS Word.



This Custom-Designed Professional CV Template Will Ensure You Stand Out & Win the Job

A professional CV is not the same as a professional resume. In the North American job market, a curriculum vitae (CV) is used for pursuing jobs in academia, such as college-level teaching and research positions. Some medical doctors also use a CV to present their credentials rather than a resume. Resumes are typically used to apply for all other types of positions. 

What is the difference between a professional CV and a resume? The primary differences are:

  • A resume is usually one or two pages; no longer than three pages. A professional CV is a comprehensive document, and it is common for them to be as long as three to five pages and often even longer. 
  • A resume is an overview of your professional experience and accomplishments as they relate to the value you have to offer for a specific type of job. A professional CV is a detailed listing of all your academic teaching and research experience, employment experience, plus other relevant credentials and qualifications. 

Our Impeccably Professional CV template and other curricula vitae templates take the traditional CV format to the next level. We’ve combined the best of modern resume design principles with CV format to create an impeccably professional CV that will give you an extraordinary competitive edge.

Your professional CV will stand out, capture attention, and create an outstanding first impression on hiring committees who have grown weary of reviewing the dull text-only CVs most of your competitors will use.

As with all our MS Word resume and CV templates, the Impeccably Professional CV template is easy to use and customize in MS Word to make it your own. When you buy any resume or CV template we include tutorial videos to help you.

Add or remove sections as you need them or easily reorder the sections we’ve suggested in the template. It is also easy to add or remove pages. As you keep adding content to the CV, it will automatically add pages as required, with the header inserted.

The color of this professional CV can also be easily changed with just two mouse clicks. Imagine changing the colors to match the official colors of the college or university you are applying to. The color options are endless. Here are just a few of your choices for this CV.

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The Impeccably Professional CV Collection includes an optional bundle of matching documents, including a professional biography template for academia, a references sheet template for research or teaching jobs, and even a cover letter template.

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All of our CV and resume 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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