The Perfect Blend
Combination resumes are a great way
to show off both your skills and your work history.
When developed and used properly, a combination resume can produce great results for you.
is a professional resume writer, career coach, electronic career coach
and employment interview professional. Many people believe this
is the most attractive and impressive resume format, she says.
What It Is
The combination resume uses features of both the chronological and functional resume.
It features a
functional section that highlights skills, accomplishments and experience
and combines this with a chronological listing of employment and education,
says Laura Jensen. She is the marketing and communications specialist
for the City of Calgary Youth Employment Center.
resume may start with a qualification summary and a list of skills or
expertise. Kim Isaacs, director of ResumePower.com, says this
allows you to put your most desirable credentials right at the top.
When to Use It
resume styles work very well in most cases, says Isaacs. They are
suitable for entry-level candidates, students, seasoned workers and career
Have you had a
similar job in the past? Jensen says this might be good situation
to use the combination format.
The combination resume format is very well received by hiring authorities, "says Davies."
This powerful presentation shows relevant skills and accomplishments, and is later supported
by a strong employment section.
She says you should
consider using the combination resume when:
1) You have had several different
kinds of jobs, and none of them displays all the skills you require for
the position sought -- they look more impressive when put together
2) You have a solid and progressive work history
3) You want to
highlight impressive accomplishments and marketable skills from several
previous positions and a chronological format is expected
4) You are developing
a focused, targeted resume and need an effective way to match your skills
to the position requirements
5) You need to condense many years
of professional experience, such as in the case of seasoned professionals
and ex-military personnel
So Why Not Use It?
There are some disadvantages to using
the combination resume. For example: some prospective employers
may not warm up to the idea of having to read a longer resume.
Isaacs thinks this is true. The
summary also adds length to the resume, so other sections may need to be
edited down to keep the resume concise, she says.
Some recruiters have reported that
they would prefer the resume to lead with the work history, rather than
a profile or summary statement.
Is It For You?
Do you have less than a year of work
history? The combination resume might prove helpful when trying to
get an interview.
If your experience has been gained
in less than one year, this resume demonstrates up front that you have
developed useful skills and abilities that will be valuable to the
employer in the position you are seeking, says Davies.
If you think your job history might
not look so good to your targeted employer, Isaacs notes you might want
to consider going with a functional resume instead.
Job seekers who would
not benefit from a combination resume include those with no work history
related to their goal, extensive periods of unemployment or numerous instances
of job-hopping, says Isaacs. In those cases, functional resumes usually