Combination Resume Format

Is the Combination Resume Format the one for you

In a combination resume format, you have the option of emphasizing your skills and abilities, who you worked for, or your educational background. This is a good style to use if you like to have the flexibility to put your information in a format that suits your background, your tastes and your style. This format is also good if you like to have the ability to tweak things easier for certain employment situations. No two jobs are created alike, so no two resumes will likely be the same, either.

Choosing the style of your resume is certainly important. As with any resume format, you have to make the best first impression possible. You get – maybe – 30 seconds to make a good impression with your resume. That isn't very long at all. If you do not capture the attention of the reader FAST, you won't catch it at all.

Using the combination resume format, you have the ability to disguise certain parts of your personal history that you don't want highlighted. You have a multitude of options to place the focus where you want it or shift the focus away from something that isn't quite as vital (but still needs to be listed on the resume).

When designing your resume, be sure to clearly identify what each section is in regards to so that the hiring manager can identify pertinent information readily. He or she will want to hone in on information that is applicable to the particular position they have open. If the employer has to search a resume for very long, it will end up in the "No" pile as there simply isn't enough time to devote to each resume to dig deep into each section to find what they are looking for.

Typically, most people who use this format detail their skills and achievements first, and then list their employment history and education in reverse chronological order.

Also, use Action Keywords to give your words the extra impact they need to grab the reader and keep him/her glued to your resume for as long as possible.

Who is the Combination Resume format best suited for?
  • If you have done the same kind of basic work for a number of employers, you will not be repeating the same job responsibilities. You can list each duty/skill set once.
  • If you are changing careers, you are able to focus the reader's attention on your skills and achievements rather than on your previous job titles.
  • If you have a variety of work experience in unrelated fields, this format allows you to emphasize your abilities rather than your employers.
  • If you are a recent college graduate, you can downplay your lack of previous employment by targeting other features, such as honors, awards, and volunteer work, as well as listing the related experience you DO have first.

You can get creative in handling an assortment of issues using this format. There are certainly a lot of benefits if you need some help smoothing over some areas in your personal history. Be honest, of course, but how and where you list things on your resume, in part, determines how the reader reacts to it.

The Combination Resume Format
may be the one for you

When using any resume format (combination or otherwise), remember to target the information toward the specific job and company. Today's competitive marketplace demands this kind of attention to resumes. Remember, other job candidates will be doing their very best to get the same job you are after. If you don't present yourself in the best possible light, you may have no chance at all of getting the job you desire.

You have to be very astute in deciding what you want to include and where you want to place it so that the person reading it is immediately drawn in – to the point of wanting call YOU for an interview.

Be sure to read all of the tips in the Resume Tips section for more insight into writing an excellent resume.

Click here for a Combination Resume Format "template" - pdf format

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