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1. Quick Takes on the Combination Resume
✓ It’s also called the hybrid resume. ✓ The combination resume format has features of both a chronological and a functional resume. ✓ It combines the chronological flow that most hiring managers prefer with an opportunity to focus more heavily on your skills and career highlights. ✓ There are many varieties of combination resumes; some are more effective than others and may depend on your industry or your situation.
2. Advantages of a Combination ResumeA combination resume brings together the work experience of a chronological resume and the skills emphasis of a functional resume. How does that combination help you get a job? It “allows your future employer to see the highlights of your experience right upfront and to get an understanding of your skills, knowledge, and abilities in a clean, easily accessible format,” says Leslie B. Sparnicht, a certified career consultant. Combination resumes also provide that chronological framework which applicant tracking systems use to parse data, an important advantage that functional resume formats don’t have.
3. When to Use a Combination ResumeThough most employers are looking for a chronological format, combination resume format fits well for certain circumstances. “You may want to consider using this format in situations when you are changing careers and want to show that your experience and skills are transferable to a role you haven’t done in the past,” Sparnicht suggests. “This type of resume is also excellent for people early in their career or for someone coming back into the workforce after time away.” It could also be a great option to showcase relevant experience for someone returning to a career after time away from it.
4. How to Write and Format a Combination ResumeThe sequence of sections may vary with a combination, or hybrid, resume. Some will place a professional summary at the top, followed by an in-depth skills or project section, followed by a work history in reverse chronology, and then education. Others feature the chronology first and follow that with an in-depth look at achievements, projects, and/or skills. Depending on your industry, one approach may be more advantageous than another. You should consider different resume samples and learn about your industry to find the right approach. Remember these keys for an effective combination resume:
|✓ Combination Resume Format Key Points|
|✓ You have limited space. Feature the information that will be most compelling and relevant to your employer. ✓ It’s easy to get stuck summarizing everything. A comprehensive summary is not the goal. The goal is to persuade, showing enough evidence that the hiring manager will want to interview you. Resumes exist to help decision-makers decide who they will interview. ✓ Include evidence. To get that interview, include evidence of your achievements frequently throughout your resume and quantify those achievements wherever possible. ✓ Don’t be so detailed. If you put a lot of details into an opening section focused on skills (or research or projects or achievements–depending on what makes sense for your field), you can give less detail in your work history. ✓ Use keywords to describe previous roles. Customize your keywords and details for a specific company or role for maximum effectiveness. ✓ Don’t get creative. Though a combination resume is slightly more complex than a chronological style, keep it simple as much as possible. Attractive text boxes or inserts probably can’t make it past the automated ATS. ✓ Double check your writing. Proofread your resume to keep it free from errors. Make it appealing and readable. Remember, your resume is one of many so you want it to be as simple to digest (by machine and human) as possible.|