Modernize Your Resume Contest Winners!

We created the Modernize Your Resume Contest to showcase the very best examples from professional resume writers worldwide. 

Periodically we solicit entries and have the enjoyable task of reviewing dozens of strategic, well-written, beautifully designed and formatted resumes to choose a winning example of the modernize principles we wrote about in Modernize Your Resume: Get Noticed ... Get Hired.

We are proud to share the winning resumes, promote these talented writers, and continue our decades-long work of celebrating and supporting resume and career coaching professionals.


Q2 2018 Winner

Barbara Safani, Executive Resume Writer & Career Coach
Career Solvers,

RESUME: Sally Clairborne

WHY THIS RESUME: Distinctive, sharply focused, easy to read, and chock-full of specific and impressive achievements, this resume tells a powerful story of executive success that will quickly capture attention and engage readers. Graphics are tasteful, appropriate, and relevant, and the overall impression is fresh and inviting.

WRITER'S EXPLANATION of "Modernize" Principles

Q1 2018 Winner

Irma Rojas, Superior Executive Resume Writer & Personal Branding Expert
RSO Resumes,

RESUME: Cane Weinstein

WHY THIS RESUME: A tightly written, clear, and powerful presentation of an executive career, highlighted by format enhancements that draw attention to many exceptional achievements. Notice that every bullet point is 1 or 2 lines in length—no chance of the achievements getting lost in a sea of (less relevant) information! 

WRITER'S EXPLANATION of "Modernize" Principles

Q4 2017 Winner

Stephanie Clark, BA | MRW | MCRS | MCIS
New Leaf Resumes,
778-269-JOBS/5627 |

RESUME: Moira McQuaig

WHY THIS RESUME: A beautifully structured, designed, and written document, this resume paints a clear and compelling portrait of a top-performing operations executive ... while following our "modernize" guidelines! The design is distinctive while remaining professional and appropriate. A quotation in the summary adds a powerful third-party perspective, and the final touch—the "and a bit about me" section at the very end—is fun, differentiating, and humanizing.

WRITER'S EXPLANATION of "Modernize" Principles

Q2 2017 Winner

Deborah L. Schuster, CPRW
The Lettersmith Resume Service,
248-828-1699 •

RESUME: James Earlington

WHY THIS RESUME: This is not a "flashy" resume. Although featuring a nice use of color and shading, it is not highly designed (nor OVER-designed, as we often see!). Rather, it is extremely professional looking (suitable for this executive candidate), and above all it is strategically targeted and very well written. All of the information that's included is relevant and important, and every sentence is carefully (and succinctly) written to convey expertise and value.

WRITER'S EXPLANATION of "Modernize" Principles