How to Write Combination Resumes

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Are you trying to compose a resume, but you are not sure where to start? There are many different styles of resumes out there, but we recommend you looking into using the “hybrid” combination resume. When you are writing a combination resume, you will have the option to emphasize your abilities and skills, your education background, and who you have worked for. If you have the flexibility to place your information in an order that suits your style, tastes, and background, then the combination resume is a great idea. This style of resume is also great in enabling you to tweak things much easier for specific employment situations.

Why is the combination resume format so popular? Because you will have the ability to emphasize and deemphasize parts of your work history based on your achievements, skills, attributes, and experience that are relevant to employers needs.

The combination resume uses both a “combination” of chronological and functional resume formats. In most cases, it begins with an outline of your functional skills and qualifications following with a chronological work experience. This gives the employer information quickly on your qualifications while giving them timeline of your work history. However, periods of job-hopping, employment gaps, or unrelated experience are more visible in the combination resume and can negatively impact your chances at getting the job interview.

As you are writing a combination resume, you should properly format your details. Typically, individuals will list their achievements first, then there employment history (starting from the most recent) and then their education.

Who is the combination resume for? The combination resume is for those individuals that have changed careers or have a variety of work experience in fields that are not related to the job such as recent college graduates or career changers.

When creating combination resumes, we always suggest letting your creativity flow. Most of all, you need to be honest as you are creating the resume. If you do not have experience in a certain field, then don’t put it. Highlight those skills that qualify you for the field you are applying for. In the end, as always, you should make sure you read through your resume more than once and search for any grammar/spelling errors.