Ambitions Resume Template for MS Word


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Premium, Custom-Designed Resume Templates for MS Word

The Ambitions MS Word Resume template is an ATS-friendly format designed for experienced professionals and executives. The format is traditional but modern and is easily adaptable for a wide variety of needs. Easily create your resume in Word then export to PDF.

  • Leave the cookie-cutter MS Word resume templates to others. Quickly create a resume as unique as you are. Nobody will ever guess you used a template!
  • Overcome all of the problems with default MS Word resume templates. Our templates follow all the modern best practice "rules" for resumes.
  • Flexible and easy to customize. Change the entire color scheme with just two mouse clicks. Video tutorials included.
  • Yes, it is ATS-friendly! (This is SO important!)
  • Results-proven and created for real-world use. Follow the included tips and prompts and your resume will practically write itself.


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Ambitions Coordinating Documents

The Ambitions biography, references, and resume cover letter templates are designed to coordinate with our Ambitions resume template. The entire template collection has been created for the use of professionals and executives. Microsoft Word is REQUIRED.



A Professional & Executive Resume Template for MS Word Plus Coordinating Biography, References, and Cover Letter Templates

Our premium, custom-designed Ambitions Resume Template for MS Word was created for real-world use by experienced professionals and executives and is suitable for use across a wide range of industries.

By default, Microsoft Word does have free resume templates / free CV templates available for job hunters. Unfortunately, there are a number of problems with these documents that can harm the results of your job search. At the very least, resume templates made for MS Word should be structured using elements that are applicant tracking system (ATS) friendly.

If you are planning to use a resume template you must make sure it is compatible with ATS systems. Unfortunately, many of the free resume templates for Microsoft Word are not ATS compatible (this is not true of OUR free resume template - if you haven't downloaded it yet, do it today!). This means that unsuspecting job seekers who use free Microsoft Office resume templates or free Word CV templates may lose out on many opportunities regardless of how well qualified they are, simply because their resume is unable to be parsed and stored in an ATS.

While complex tables used to set up the layout in many resume templates for MS Word are NOT ATS-friendly, simple tables ARE ATS-friendly and can be very helpful in setting up attractive resume layouts that are easy to read. The Ambitions resume template uses three simple, ATS-friendly, two-column tables in the Achievement Highlights section. These tables will cause no problems in modern ATS systems.

The Achievement Highlights section is a really useful section that can be used to call out your most impressive and relevant achievements regardless of where they appear in your work history. You could even use this section to call out relevant highlights from volunteer positions or educational accomplishments. For this reason, beyond being a good resume template for experienced professionals following a linear and traditional career path, this resume structure can also be a good choice for career changers or people returning to a career track from earlier in their career.

The design of the Ambitions resume template for MS Word is also formatted to call visual attention to the most important parts of your resume. The shaded Contributions Snapshot boxes, for example, are a popular design strategy that helps to quickly convey the most significant main points of each position.

The muted olive green shades of the entire Ambitions Collection take on a whole new “look and feel” when you change the colors. Just remember to change to an identical color scheme on all the documents in the Collection, to give all your career marketing documents a cohesive, branded look. Just some of the many color choices include:

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Available separately, the Ambitions biography template, references template, and letterhead template are designed to coordinate with our Ambitions Resume template. See all templates in the collection:

Like all our resume templates for MS Word, everything is easily customizable. Just copy and paste to add sections or rename or delete sections to make Ambitions your own.

MS Word is required to use all our templates.

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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