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The Combination Resume Format

Before discussing the combination resume format, it’s important to note that it might not always be the most common format among job-seekers, although it is definitely an attractive option under many circumstances. A combination resume format focuses heavily on the job-seeker’s key skills, experience, capabilities and his or her work/employment history. When looking at a hybrid resume, recruiters can quickly understand not only a job-seeker’s key skills but also where and when they gained them. These skills are developed in the employment history section.

The hybrid resume format is exactly what it says it is—a combination of your key skills, experience, capabilities, and work history. Recruiters can see the full picture of your key skills, as well as where and when you acquired them. A hybrid format uses the standard building blocks of resume writing but in the most appealing way.


Why I Often Recommend the Combination Resume Format

  1. Long employment histories that highlight steady career growth.
  2. Lots of demonstrable skills and experiences.
  3. Stellar transferable skills when you are looking to change careers or restart your career after a break.

There are only a handful of situations where I would not recommend using the hybrid resume format. I suggest you avoid this one if you are:

  1. A very frequent job-hopper.
  2. Applying for a job in a traditional profession like law or finance.

In these professions, recruiters still prefer the reverse-chronological format.

Please follow this link to view a combination resume sample or learn more about my resume writing course.  

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