How To Write a Combination Resume

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Unless you’re changing careers or have long work gaps, use the combination (or hybrid) format for your resume. True to its name, this format combines two important features of other resume formats: the functional format’s profile section and the chronological format’s experience section. Below you’ll find tips on using this structure effectively so your resume gets you interviews for your next job.

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  • Mid-career
  • Senior-level
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1. Write a dynamic profile summarizing your combination qualifications

In a brief paragraph or bulleted list at the top of your resume, catch hiring managers’ attention by giving the three to five main reasons you can excel in your target job. These may come from your work experience, but they could just as well come from another part of your background, such as your education or language skills.

The point of this section is to focus employers’ attention on details about you that matter most to their hiring needs, regardless of when or where they occurred. (Note, most job seekers find it easier to write their profile last.)

Profile Example


Teacher Assistant with an extensive background helping engage children of all ages. Focused on working with students to explore new topics and achieve personal learning goals. Skilled in Blackboard online learning, SMART technology, and use of mobile devices and apps for lower-elementary learners, particularly in reading comprehension. Adapt readily to new work challenges and conditions.

2. Add your combination experience with compelling examples

Below your profile section, outline your recent work experience. For each job, brainstorm your various duties and achievements on a separate document or sheet of paper. Then, identify and copy the most relevant details into your resume. Following this method, the amount of information on each job will roughly correspond with how relevant the job is to your current goals.

The point of this section is to give examples of your success in the type of work you’re now after. But on a combination resume, it also serves to put your profile section in context and make your overall resume easy to follow. When you give basic details on your work history, you let hiring managers quickly see you have the minimum years of experience they’re looking for.

Professional Experience Example


NKN Corporation, San Francisco, CA | September 2015 to Present

Diversity Manager (November 2017 to Present)

  • Coordinate diversity and inclusion initiatives for a large, complex organization with presence in 7 countries
  • Drive cultural awareness campaigns to promote understanding and cooperation among a geographically dispersed workforce
  • Introduced a more flexible enterprise-wide policy governing staff holidays and WFH preferences. Measure boosted staff morale, enhanced manager-employee relations, and helped company place in the city’s “Best 50 Places to Work” in 2019
  • Grew department by recruiting and onboarding five new team members
  • Member of leadership team that repositioned HR as a strategic partner to the wider enterprise

3. Include combination-related education and certifications

Consider adding a key skills section right below the profile on your combination resume. This section lets you expand on your profile points and further focus your resume on the ways you’d contribute to your target job. Like the profile, it helps you answer the hiring manager’s question: “What do you have for the role I’m trying to fill?”

Naturally, the terms you include will depend on your circumstances, but below is a list of common ones to help you brainstorm:

Key Skills and Proficiencies
Business needs assessment Client satisfaction and retention
Cost reduction and elimination Cross-team collaboration
Efficiency improvement Inventory management
Lean manufacturing Market strategy development
Microsoft Office Suite Process streamlining
Project and program management Quality assurance
Reporting and documentation Revenue and profit growth
Risk management and mitigation Staff training and development
Stakeholder relations Strategic business development
Talent hiring and retention Task prioritization
Team leadership and motivation Time management
Vendor contract negotiations  

How To Pick the Best Combination Resume Template

For most job seekers, a clear and straightforward resume template is best. Opt for a layout that lets the hiring manager quickly review your best career details. Select a traditional resume font, and avoid any template with a colorful or elaborate design. Also, ensure the template complies with applicant tracking systems (ATS) used by employers to screen resumes.

Combination Text-Only Resume Templates and Examples

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  • Mid-career
  • Senior-level

Amar Singh
123 Santa Maria, San Francisco, CA 12345 | (123) 456-7890 | [email protected]

Profile

Strategic Diversity Manager with 7+ years of advancement and experience at large corporations. Equally effective in a leadership or hands-on role. Adapt readily to new work challenges and industry conditions.

Key Skills

  • Business Change Leadership
  • Cultural Awareness Campaigns
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)
  • Employee Engagement
  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)
  • Executive Consulting
  • Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS)
  • Human Resources (HR) Administration
  • Policy Development & Interpretation
  • Project & Program Management
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Staff Recruiting
  • Stakeholder Relations Management
  • Talent Retention
  • Targeted Resource Allocation
  • Team Leadership & Motivation
  • Work Culture Improvement
  • Workforce Planning & Scheduling

Professional Experience

NKN Corporation, San Francisco, CA | September 2015 to Present

Diversity Manager (November 2017 to Present)

  • Coordinate diversity and inclusion initiatives for a large, complex organization with presence in 7 countries
  • Drive cultural awareness campaigns to promote understanding and cooperation among a geographically dispersed workforce
  • Introduced a more flexible enterprise-wide policy governing staff holidays and WFH preferences. Measure boosted staff morale, enhanced manager-employee relations, and helped company place in the city’s “Best 50 Places to Work” in 2019
  • Grew department by recruiting and onboarding five new team members
  • Member of leadership team that repositioned HR as a strategic partner to the wider enterprise

Human Resources Associate (September 2015 to November 2017)

  • Gained strong foundation in recruiting and employee relations principles

Education & Credential

Bachelor’s Degree – Business Administration, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Professional in Human Resources (PHR), HRCI

Affiliation

Member, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Frequently Asked Questions: Combination Resume Examples and Advice

What are common action verbs for combination resumes? -

The following list can help you find a good mix of action verbs for your resume’s profile and experience sections:

Action Verbs
Automated Averted
Coordinated Created
Decreased Developed
Eliminated Enhanced
Expedited Garnered
Generated Improved
Increased Introduced
Launched Lowered
Organized Prevented
Produced Raised
Ranked Shortened
Streamlined Strengthened
Updated Won
How do you align your combination resume with a job posting?-

First, look closely at the job post text and highlight words that are repeated, emphasized, or otherwise seem important. Compare these highlighted phrases to the language you’re using in your resume, particularly the profile and key skills sections. Then seek ways to align your resume language with the job post while not copying phrases or misstating your background.

For example, say the company seeks someone collaborative. Emphasize that part of your experience in your profile with a line like “Thrive in collaborative work settings” or in your key skills section with a term like “cross-team collaboration.” Or say the company has many non-English speaking customers. Highlight your foreign language skills both in your profile and as a separate section farther down the document.

Also, consider adding brief descriptions of the places you’ve worked in [brackets] right next to or below the company name. Company descriptions let you show any similarities between your past employers and the one who posted the job. For example, maybe you’ve worked for companies of a similar size or industry. Or you might have worked at organizations with a similar mission or leadership philosophy. By adding these details to your descriptions, you can make your resume more relevant to the job opening at hand.

Why is the combination format effective? -

By fusing key sections of the functional and chronological formats, a combination resume lets you present yourself more clearly and strategically. With the experience section, you can outline your recent work history – essential information for most employers. In the profile section, you can display your career highlights at the top, whether they’re from that work history or another part of your background. This format lets you give hiring managers the best view of your experience and relevant strengths, so they can make an informed decision to call you for an interview.

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Jacob Meade

Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW, ACRW)

Jacob Meade is a resume writer and editor with nearly a decade of experience. His writing method centers on understanding and then expressing each person’s unique work history and strengths toward their career goal. Jacob has enjoyed working with jobseekers of all ages and career levels, finding that a clear and focused resume can help people from any walk of life. He is an Academy Certified Resume Writer (ACRW) with the Resume Writing Academy, and a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) with the Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches.

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