Career Optics Young Professional Resume2023-02-13T11:13:06-05:00

Career Optics Young Professional Resume


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Stand Out & Get Hired Faster With This Young Professional Resume Template

The Career Optics Young Professional Resume Template offers a simple but flexible one-page format that is a great choice for early-career professionals and also career changers. Designed for Microsoft Word and easy to customize.

  • 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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Career Optics Coordinating Documents

The Career Optics addendum, references, and resume cover letter templates are designed to coordinate with our Career Optics resume template. The entire collection is flexible and adaptable for use by early-career professionals and career changers. Microsoft Word is REQUIRED.



Flexible Format Resume Template for Young Professionals & Career Changers

If you are a young professional, resume templates created for more experienced professionals may be intimidating and hard to use. A young professional resume template such as Career Optics is the solution.

The Experience Highlights section of the resume allows space for the young professional to draw attention to skills and experience regardless of where that experience was gained. For example, you could use this section to call out relevant experience earned in a volunteer position or in an internship. For a career changer, this section can also be used to focus on transferable skills rather than the chronology of your career.

The space for a testimonial is another strategy that is especially helpful in a young professional resume template. If a former boss, colleague, customer, professor, or anyone else in a position to speak about your professionalism said good things about you, including a references quote in your resume can be a powerful technique. Select the quote strategically to help reinforce the skills and qualifications you are promoting in the resume.

The resume design takes on a whole new look when you change the colors, which is as easy as a couple of mouse clicks. Here are just a few of the many color options available:

Young Professional Resume Template Color Choices

Available separately, the Career Optics resume addendum, references sheet, and cover letter template are designed to coordinate with our Career Optics young professional resume template and will help you make an unquestionable positive impression. See all the templates in the collection:

A resume addendum is a document that you can use as a complement to your resume. The Career Optics young professional resume template is designed to be a one-page resume that requires you to be very selective about what you include and what you exclude. An addendum can provide the additional space you need to communicate the skills and qualifications that didn’t quite make the cut for the resume but are still relevant. You can submit the addendum along with the resume when you apply for a job or you can use it as a leave-behind for interviews.

Job seekers are almost always asked for professional references, and the coordinating Career Optics references sheet gives you an attractive and professional way to provide them. Your references should never be sent with your resume and application. Instead, bring them with you to interviews to leave with the interviewer.

All of our resume templates are designed for use with Microsoft Word. Word is the business standard and the .DOCX format is accepted in almost all applicant tracking systems. For this reason, we always recommend using Microsoft Word when creating career documents.

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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