Combination Resume and When to Use It

Hybrid Resume

Recent posts have shown the popularity of a Reverse-Chronological resume and the lack of popularity of a Functional resume. In each of those posts, we discussed how there is an alternative resume format … especially as they surround changing careers. There is a format called the Combination resume. It’s also been referred to as the Hybrid resume. This is the article you’ve been waiting for that will discuss the combination resume and when to use it.

Who should use a combination/hybrid resume?

The combination resume focuses on your skills and achievements as they relate to the job description. Everyone’s career journey is different. Some people know what they want to do from the time they’re 13 years old. Other folks don’t figure it out until they’re in their 40’s. The founder of Always Typing, Marsha, is in the latter group.

The combination resume comes into play when you’ve got some career experience under your belt but decide you want to do something different. Another great use for it is if you’ve been out of the job market for a while … stay-at-home moms, for example.

What does the hybrid have that other formats don’t?

As we said before, the hybrid resume calls attention to your skills, talents, and achievements before it talks about your experience. Steven Davis, a recruiter and career coach for The Muse, says that he likes hybrid resumes because they allow him “to pay very close attention to skill sets first.”

Always Typing is a huge fan of breaking up work experience for combination resumes into “Targeted Professional Experience” and “Transferable Professional Experience.” This allows the resume to follow the course of demonstrating your skills as they relate to the position. Your “other” work experience is still relevant because you’ve earned some great transferable skills. Setting those sections up would look like this:

We understand that it can be confusing to know when to use which format. Please feel free to reach out to us so that we can help you along the way. After all, your dream job is right around the corner.