Windowpanes ATS Resume Template


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Eye-Catching & Modern ATS Resume Template

Our Windowpanes ATS-Compliant Resume Template has a really sophisticated and understated appearance that can be easily customized to be as bold as you want, with a simple color change. Microsoft Word is required to use this template, then save as both a .DOCX  and .PDF so you have all the formats you need for job searching.

  • Yes, this resume is ATS-friendly! You do not need to choose between eye appeal and ATS compliance. You can have both!
  • First impressions are everything! Our beautifully designed, ATS-compatible resume templates make it easy. Nobody will even know you used a template!
  • Flexible and easy to customize. Add, remove, rename, and even reorganize sections. Change the entire color scheme with just two mouse clicks. Video tutorials included.
  • 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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Windowpanes Coordinating Documents

The Windowpanes biography and resume cover letter templates are designed to coordinate with our Windowpanes resume template. The entire collection is flexible and adaptable for use by almost any experienced professional but is especially appropriate for technical professionals. Microsoft Word is REQUIRED.



An ATS-Compliant Resume Template With a Sophisticated Look! Stand Out & Win the Job!

The Windowpanes ATS Resume Template is an ATS-compliant resume template that has a really sophisticated and understated appearance that can be easily customized to be as bold as you want, with a simple color change. The format is appropriate for almost any professional or executive.

What Are ATS Resume Templates & Why Is ATS Compatibility Important?

In today's job market, it's more important than ever for job seekers to make sure their resume is compatible with applicant tracking systems (ATS). ATS is software used by employers to scan resumes and track applicants throughout the hiring process. However, ATS can sometimes have difficulty reading certain resumes, which can cause your application to be rejected outright (rarely) or be entered into the applicant tracking system incorrectly (a common problem).

To increase your chances of getting through ATS and in front of the hiring manager, read the job description carefully, use an ATS resume template, and be certain to include resume keywords from the job description.

By making sure your resume is ATS friendly, you can be sure that you are giving yourself the best chance of being considered for the job.

Why Everything You Thought You Knew About ATS Resume Templates Might Be Wrong

There are so many myths and misunderstandings about ATS resume templates. Most importantly, virtually all modern applicant tracking systems can handle graphics with ease. The ATS will simply “skip” the graphic and move on to the text. Of course, this means that the words you insert in the graphic in the upper left of the Windowpanes template won’t “count” as resume keywords in the ATS. If you think those words are important as resume keywords, the solution is to make sure you repeat the words in the body of the resume.

The structure of your resume is especially important and in most cases, the reverse chronological format will be your safest bet to make sure the ATS reads your work experience properly.

One word of warning: beware of the cheap and free resume templates you find on the internet or even as free resume templates in Word. Many of these free resume templates (even some billed as free ATS resume templates) are constructed using a layout that is too complex for ATS to handle and the content of your resume will become jumbled and unreadable in the ATS. But, it is important for you to know that "complex" and "visually attractive" are not the same thing. It is entirely possible to create a truly eye-popping and completely professional ATS friendly resume, as we've proved. Designed by a professional resume writer with more than 25 years of experience and expertise in creating ATS friendly resume designs, you can feel confident using any of our templates.

Resume Keywords Are Important Too

Besides just ensuring that your resume format is properly structured for entry into an ATS, the Windowpanes ATS-Compliant Resume Template will also help you with your resume keyword optimization if you follow the easy-to-follow recommendations, expert tips, and resume writing prompts in the template.

In some ways, it is fair to say that keyword optimization is one of the most important factors on your ATS friendly resume, and for this reason we've included lots of space for you to include important resume keywords as you build your resume. In fact, the technique we’ve used in this template, of highlighting keyword phrases at the start of each bulleted result statement is not only a great way of working more keywords into your ATS resume, but it also makes your resume more readable and attractive for the human reader. This is, of course, the goal whenever you use an ATS-compliant resume template: not only are you trying to ensure compatibility with applicant tracking systems, you are trying to make sure your resume is eye-catching and attention-getting for the human reader.

Coordinating Career Documents Help You Create a Stunning First Impression

Available separately, the Windowpanes executive biography template and cover letter template are designed to coordinate with our Windowpanes Resume template. While it is possible that your cover letter will be entered into the ATS with your resume, it is rare that your biography would. But, a professional biography designed to coordinate with your resume and cover letter is the easiest way to create a stunning first impression and highly professional image. See all templates in the collection:

Easily Change the Color Scheme of All Our Resume Templates

Windowpanes Resume Template Color Choices

As with all our template collections, MS Word is required.

Frequently Asked Questions

As the creator of Distinctive Resume Templates (Michelle Dumas), I’ve seen other resume templates and virtually all of them are NOT ATS compatible. This is a major reason I was finally convinced to make these templates available. ATS compatibility is a necessity for almost every job search. If your resume is not compatible, it may become a jumbled mess in the ATS and you’ll never even know it (except that you never get a call!). It was really disturbing to talk to so many people who were using one of these templates and lost weeks or months of time, missing out on opportunities because they didn’t know better.

This is why I have done everything in my power to ensure my Distinctive Resume Templates are ATS “friendly.” There are many different types of applicant tracking systems and it is impossible to ensure compatibility with every single one of them. However, my templates are mostly ATS-friendly and will work well for you in most cases.

There is a lot of misinformation out there regarding ATS-friendly resume templates. Much of this information is outdated. Having an eye-catching, well-designed resume that is also ATS friendly is absolutely possible as long as the designer understands ATS standards. To learn more, I encourage you to read the many articles about resume design and applicant tracking systems on our blog.

Absolutely! In fact, I encourage you to change the color and make it your own. Remember, the last thing you want is for your resume to look like you used a template. That is a primary advantage of Distinctive Resume Templates. They are custom-designed for real-world use, and changing the color scheme is a fast and easy way to make your resume completely unique–just like you!

And, don’t worry. It truly is easy! You don’t need any design experience and don’t even need to know which colors look good together because you will have preset schemes to choose from. I include some videos along with the templates to show you how to easily change colors. It takes just a couple of mouse clicks and the entire color scheme is changed instantly and automatically

If you would like, you may even download an example free resume template and see for yourself how easy our ATS-friendly resume templates are to use.

Yes, of course! Again, this is a key feature that differentiates Distinctive Resume Templates from other templates. As a professional resume writer, I (Michelle Dumas, the creator of all the templates you find here) have spent the past 25+ years working with tens of thousands of job hunters, helping them create successful resumes that have repeatedly produced real-world results.

A major problem with other resume templates on the market is their inflexibility. The layouts are so complex that they are virtually impossible to customize (not to mention that this complexity causes serious problems in ATS). When you try to use one of these templates you are forced to enter your very unique career experience in their pre-set format. You can’t add or subtract anything, You can’t move things around. Sometimes you can’t even rename the sections. The end result is a resume that doesn’t do you justice, doesn’t promote your qualifications as it should, and that makes your resume look completely cookie-cutter.

Distinctive Resume Templates are different. I have based the designs and layouts and formats of Distinctive Resume Templates on real-world, results-proven resume designs. While you can easily use them exactly as they are, they are also super easy to customize and I include video tutorials with every resume template purchase, to show you how to do so.

The templates are also easily adaptable whether you are an entry-level candidate or a top C-level executive. Just delete and/or copy/paste sections as you need to. Most of the templates are two-page templates and some of them are one-page templates. However, any of them could be easily modified to whatever length you need.

If you’d like to see how easy the templates are to work with, you may download a free example resume template here.

Yes! Distinctive Resume Templates were created primarily to meet the needs of professional resume writers seeking a solution that allows them to do what they do best…WRITE while feeling confident they are delivering to their clients eye-popping, custom-designed, ATS-friendly resume templates and other documents that will get them extraordinary results. Our Distinctive Resume Templates Insiders program provides professional resume writers, career coaches, recruiters, and others who work with job seekers with new template collections every month, plus personal support in using them.

If you are a job hunter, remember that great resumes always begin with great content. But if your resume is already written and you are happy with the content, Distinctive Resume Templates are for you. It will be easy for you to copy the content from your plain resume and paste it into the templates.

The structure of the templates may also give you some great ideas about how you can improve your own content too. For example, many of our templates include a “Snapshot” section in each position to summarize the value you delivered to your employer. This is a feature that recruiters love.

Many of our templates also include tips and prompts throughout the template. These make it especially easy for DIY resume writers to write their own resume.

Yes. These are Microsoft Word templates. Many people already have this application, but if you don’t I’ll tell you how to get it for approximately $9/month. Microsoft Word is a necessary application for all job seekers, as many recruiters and employers require that your resume be submitted in this format.

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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