Combination format resumes are often used by people that are looking to leverage their strengths in a new area — for a higher level position, a new industry or a new position. Typically, these resumes start with a skills category or summary (as you would find in a functional resume format) and end with a list of positions and dates that highlight your experience.
Many career advice experts recommend elements of the combination resume as a great addition to a traditional chronological resume format.
Before writing your own combination resume, you might find it helpful to view an outline of a resume. Check out the free resume formats provided below.
Here are some key items to look for in the resume writing examples above.
The first (Vice President of Manufacturing) sample resume shows how one job seeker used a summary statement to focus on key areas of expertise and a list of core competencies to highlight strengths that could be leveraged across industries. Also notice how this candidate listed his results-oriented accomplishments that transcend industries and focus on the bottom line.
The second example (Technical Writer) showcases transferrable skills first as well, followed by a more traditional resume format.
To get the same resumes above in a Microsoft Word Resume Template, click below. The files will download as a .zip folder; just double click to access your file:
Looking for additional resources and examples? Try these links:
- Highlight Your Strengths with a Combination Format
- Using a Simple, Chronological Resume to Highlight Accomplishments
- Example Resumes to Get You Started