If you’re trying to determine whether you should be using a functional resume or a chronological resume, you’re not alone.
Both are popular formats.
However, there is another Resume Format that you may want to discover – Let’s further explore the combination resume. This resume format also called a hybrid resume format.
Who is the Combination Resume Best For?
As the name suggested this resume format combines the functional and chronological resume formats.
There are a number of job seekers who the combination resume can benefit including:
- Workers whose employment history is steady and consistent
- New graduates
- Entry level job seekers
- Those who are making a career change
- Older workers with an extensive employment history who will want to focus on their strongest qualifications
- Those who are re-entering the job market
A Combination Resume Template: Writing in a hybrid resume style
A strong point of the combination resume is that it is flexible, so you can structure it in a manner that is best for you.
The strategy here is to begin with a career summary, which is also called a qualifications summary. This will emphasize your strongest credentials so that the hiring manager will see it immediately and be enticed to read the balance of your resume. In the summary you can highlight key skills, job experience, and expertise that are relevant to the position you are applying for, while still maintaining the chronological format that the majority of employers still prefer.
Here is the layout –
- Section #1 – Name and Contact Information – Across the top you will include your name, street address, phone number, cell number, and email address. This can be done in a banner format or centered in the page.
- Section #2 – Education – Next you will add your education. Many job postings request certain education so the sooner they can see that you have the requirements the better.
- Section #3 – Certifications, Licenses, and Honors – Create a bulleted list of your certifications, licenses, and honors that you have. Be sure to list them all including first aid certifications.
- Section #4 – Skills and Knowledge Base – Here you will create a bulleted list of your skills and knowledge. Take your time creating this list and put your best foot forward. List relevant skills to the position you are applying for.
- Section #5 – Career Achievements – Here you will create a bulleted list of your major career accomplishments.
- Section #6 – Work Experience – This is the final section and it’s a list of your work experience.
Your Personal Billboard
Your resume is your personal billboard advertising who you are.
You want to emphasize your strengths, while at the same time down playing your weaknesses. You should always dedicate the necessary time and energy to your resume, because doing so can be the difference between a call for an interview and being passed over.
The Strengths and Weaknesses of a Combination Resume
Let’s look at the pros and cons of using a combination resume.
- If you have very little work history the combination resume allows you to highlight your skills without focusing on your short work history.
- If you about to make a radical career change this format can ensure you skill set is emphasized rather than you have no experience in the field of the application.
- If you have been employed for any length of time or have worked the same job for a long time, the combination resume will show case the skills you’ve gained.
- If you change jobs often the combination resume emphasizes that.
- If you are applying for a job that doesn’t seem logical it will be emphasized.
- If you are trying not to show your age this resume format will allow the employer to get a pretty good idea of your age.
“In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: they must be fit for it; they must not do too much of it; and they must have a sense of success in it.” (John Ruskin)