The Hybrid Resume Format a.k.a. the Combined Resume

What does a Hybrid Resume have in common with cake? Well, with this format, you can have that cake and eat it too, because it blends together the most effective aspects of the Reverse-Chronological and Functional formats.

As with any Resume, the mantra here is to market yourself in a clear, creative and convincing fashion. If you have a long career history, or are highly experienced and possess very marketable skills, then you’ll be better off choosing a resume format that flaunts these attributes and creatively pitches you to recruiters. This is where a Hybrid or Combined Resume format comes in handy.

What is a Hybrid Resume Format?

Before talking about this format, it’s important to note that it might not always be the most common or popular format among job-seekers, although it is definitely an attractive option under many circumstances. A hybrid resume is basically what it sounds like—a combination of the job-seeker’s key skills, experience, capabilities and his or her work/employment history. When looking at a hybrid resume, recruiters are quickly able to understand not only a job-seeker’s key skills but also where and when they acquired them. The skills are presented in the context of the work/employment history.

When Should You Use This Format?

By now, you are aware that a Hybrid resume merges the best aspects of the Reverse-Chronological and Functional Resume formats. This means that it suits a broader range of job-seekers, as well as provide recruiters with a single window through which they can get a peek at skills and work/employment history. This format is highly recommended for job-seekers who:

  1. Have long employment histories that showcase a steady career growth, and/or
  2. Have a wide range of skills and experiences
  3. Are changing careers and have stellar transferable skills
  4. Are restarting their careers after a break

When Should You NOT Use This Format?

There are not many situations where the Hybrid format is less advantageous, but it should be generally avoided if the job-seeker is:

  1. A very frequent job-hopper
  2. Applying for a job in a traditional profession like law or finance, where recruiters still prefer the Reverse-Chronological format

What Should You Include in This Format?

The following sections can be used in this format:

  1. Name, Address and contact details
  2. Professional Summary or Brand Statement
  3. Skills and Highlights
  4. Professional Experience
  5. Education Summary
  6. Referees

The Hybrid format applies to the Professional Experience section, where you list the newest job first and the oldest job last, along with the skills used or gained at each of these jobs. You must provide the following details for each job:

  1. Job Title
  2. Organisation Name
  3. Dates
  4. Location (if relevant)
  5. Skills, experience and capabilities used or gained

In summary, this format is appreciated most by both recruiters and Application Tracking Systems. It gives job-seekers at all levels of proficiency, experience and career stages an equal opportunity to market themselves to recruiters. Remember, the right resume format could well be the key to eventually landing that job.  

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