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Webinar Recording: Formatting Secrets to Eye Appealing Résumés – Graphs, Charts, Graphics, Tables, and more using Microsoft Office Tools (1 CEU)

  • August 19, 2016
  • December 31, 2025
  • Immediate Download


Formatting Secrets to Eye Appealing Résumés – Graphs, Charts, Graphics, Tables, and more using Microsoft Office Tools

Presented by Michelle Dumas, Distinctive Career Services, LLC

Originally Recorded on Friday, August 19, 2016  

Would you like to create résumés that incorporate graphics, charts, tables and graphs to illustrate key points and enhance eye appeal? Recent research studies show that human attention spans are getting shorter, illustrated text has more impact on a reader than text alone, and visuals are processed much faster in the brain than text. For all of these reasons and more, graphically enhanced résumés are becoming more popular.

If you would like to get started incorporating graphic elements into the résumés you create but aren’t quite sure how, this webinar is designed for you. Working in Office 365, Michelle Dumas will demonstrate step-by-step how she creates compelling and vibrant charts, graphs, and other graphical elements to design award-winning résumés for her clients.

Join Michelle for this informative hour and learn how to add visual impact to your résumés. Note that this webinar will specifically cover Office 365 and the included Word 2016 and Excel 2016. However, while the features aren’t exactly alike in all the applications, many of the tools and techniques shown will also apply to Office 2013 and Office 2010.

In this webinar, you will learn how to…

  • Quickly create conceptual shapes and graphical elements
  • Add text to your shapes and insert and alter shapes
  • Enhance your graphics with outlining, textures, color, and more
  • Develop and style tables
  • Create charts and select the best chart type for your data
  • Customize and style charts
  • Improve ATS friendliness of graphically enhanced résumés

* This counts toward 1 CEU of credit for NCRW renewal.

This webinar recording is free for members and $19.99 for nonmembers.


Michelle Dumas founded Distinctive Career Services, LLC (formerly Distinctive Documents) in 1996, one of the internet's longest-standing résumé writing, personal branding, and career marketing firms. As one of only a handful of multiply certified professional résumé writers, including the prestigious NCRW credential complementing other certifications and training in career coaching and personal branding, Michelle is widely respected as an authority in the industry. With close to two decades of experience in the industry, Michelle continues to work personally and one-on-one with a select number of executive clients through her program at She also coordinates and collaborates with a team of the best writers in the industry to deliver résumé writing and job search services to a diverse range of clients through

Michelle is the author of "Secrets of a Successful Job Search" and "101 Before-and-After Résumé Examples." Her work has also been featured in more than a dozen résumé writing and job search books and her articles are published on many sites throughout the internet. Michelle has been quoted numerous times in the media as an expert on résumé-writing topics and consulted for more than a decade on executive résumés to members of ExecuNet.

Michelle is an active NRWA member. She has been a speaker at The NRWA conferences, is a former member of The NRWA Regional Board, served from 1998-2004 on The NRWA Certification Commission, and since 2006, has continually served as a member of The NRWA Certification Commission Advisory Board.

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