The Guide to Combination Resumes (with Examples and Templates)

How to write a Combination Resume
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Although not as common as traditional format resumes, combination resumes can be of great value for job applicants as well. A combination resume underscores the job seeker’s professional experience and skill sets. Job seekers who are in the middle of a career change or are skilled in a wide range of areas can reap the most benefits of a combination resume.

In this article, we will cover what a combination resume is & its format. how to write a combination resume, tips for writing a combination resume, as well as combination resume samples and templates.

What Is a Combination Resume?

A combination resume, or also known as a hybrid resume, mixes the formats of reverse-chronological resume and the functional one. 

The combination resume format offers quite a few advantages. It allows you the flexibility to tailor the content of your resume for a particular position. With the combination resume format, you can skip irrelevant job history and gaps in your CV that would otherwise be obvious in a reverse-chronological resume with a combination resume. You can also showcase your top skills, certifications, and qualifications in detail with a combination resume. 

When to Use a Combination Resume 

Combination resumes are not always the best choice. The combinational format will especially help enhance the quality of your resume if:

  • You are changing careers.
  • You have limited work experience.
  • You have gaps in your employment history.
  • You have a wide range of skills and experience.

For job seekers in these situations, a combination resume can either help emphasize the strong suits and relevant information or avoid showing weakness.

If you are changing careers, you can highlight the relevant work experience and transferable skills that can be an asset to the new job with a combination resume. If you are a recent graduate from high school or college, using a combination resume helps you to focus on your skills instead of your lack of work experience. 

Other Types of Resume Format

Of course, apart from a hybrid resume, there are other resume formats. They all have their own pros and cons.

  • Functional (Skill-based) Resume Format

Similar to a combination resume, a functional resume highlights the applicant’s skills, which is why they are both most commonly used by teenagers or those with limited work experience. 


  • It helps set you apart from other applicants if you are a recent graduate with little work experience.
  • It helps you avoid putting emphasis on gaps between jobs.
  • It helps you focus on relevant work experience when you are switching jobs.


  • Since a functional resume is not as popular as a traditional one, some recruiters are not familiar with this format. 
  • A functional resume might raise concerns or suspicion on the recruiter’s end.
  • The job seeker might be deemed not trustworthy.
  • Chronological (Reverse-chronological) Resume Format

The reverse-chronological format is considered the standard format and most common among job applicants. Unlike a combination resume, it details the employment history and shows the job applicant’s career development.


  • It highlights your consistency and makes your career development easy to understand.
  • It is what the hiring manager expects to see. It meets the expectation.
  • It makes the hiring team’s job easier if the company uses ATS (Applicant Tracking System).


  • It includes irrelevant work experience.
  • It can also show your inconsistency if you have done many jobs in varying fields.
  • The gaps between jobs are obvious in a reverse-chronological resume.
  • Combination (Hybrid) Resume Format

A hybrid resume also combines the pros and cons of the other two formats.


  • It allows you to list a wide variety of skills.
  • It allows you to leave unrelated job experience off.
  • It allows you to avoid including gaps between jobs.


  • It doesn’t showcase your career growth.
  • It can hinder your chance of getting an interview for a leadership job.
  • It can raise concerns.

Combination Resume Template

Now you know the different types of resumes; if after carefully weighing the pros and cons, you decide to use a combination resume, here’s a template for you.

1. Resume Header

In the resume header, you should mention your basic information, name and LinkedIn profile, and your contact information in a combination resume. 


Email: [[email protected]]
Phone: [your phone number]
Address: [your address]
Linkedin: []

2. Resume Summary

Like other resume formats, a hybrid resume should also include your top achievements, career highlights, and relevant skills in the summary section. It should be 2-3 sentences-long.

[old job title]-turned-[desired job title]. Seeking to leverage my skills in [relevant skills]. A self-motivated and detail-oriented worker aiming to help [company’s Name] with your future challenges and achieve your vision.

3. Skill Summary

Skills are the main focus of a combination resume. In this section, you should list skills that are required for the job you are applying for in bullet points. 

  • First Skill
    • Achievements related to the skill
  • Second Skill
    • Achievements related to the skill
  • Third Skill
    • Achievements related to the skill

4. Work History

The work experience section in a combination resume functions as a support to the skill section. So carefully pick relevant work experiences that demonstrate the skills you have listed.

For the achievements and responsibilities listed under each job, you should be specific and provide hard evidence, statistics and data, to demonstrate the changes you’ve made.

Most Recent Job Title | Employer Name / Location / Start Year – End Year

  • Achievements
  • Responsibilities 

Earlier Job Title | Employer Name / Location / Start Year – End Year

  • Achievements
  • Responsibilities 

5. Education

The education section can also help to highlight your skills in a combination resume. The information you need to specify in this section includes: 

  • The type of your degree
  • The name of the school
  • The years in which you attended the school
  • GPA (if above 3.5)

Also, if a course you took can help to bring out your skills, also include it in bullet points on your combination resume.

Degree Name / Major | School, Location | Start Date – End Date

Tips on How to Write a Combination Resume

Now that you know the essentials about a combination resume, you can start working on yours. Below we have gathered some tips that you can follow to take your combination resume quality to the next level.

💡 Tailor the resume writing according to the job description.

First of all, make sure you read the job description carefully and learn the skills and qualifications the hiring manager is looking for. Pick out keywords from the job description and include them in your combination resume. 

💡 Highlight skills relevant to the job description.

Once you know the skills the hiring manager is seeking in a candidate, you can include them in your combination resume and make sure they are the first thing the recruiter would see when they review your resume. 

Use action verbs and adjectives to describe your skills and leave a strong impression on the recruiter.

💡 Include transferable skills. 

Transferable skills are skills that you can use in many different jobs, no matter what fields the jobs are in. As mentioned before, a combination resume is a great choice for people who are going through a career change. Transferable skills on a combination resume, thus, can help to show you are an ideal candidate.

You can list them in either the work experience section or the education sections of a resume with a combinational style.

💡 Group and put related skills together.

For example, if your skills include SEO, digital marketing, Google Analytics, content writing, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, CSS and HTML, categorize them in a combination resume as:

  • Digital Marketing: SEO, content writing, Google Analytics 
  • Graphic Design: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator
  • Programming: CSS, HTML

💡 Use free combination resume templates.

Nowadays, there are many combination resume templates provided by online resume builders, such as CakeResume, or downloadable hybrid resume templates and edit them with word processing software, like MS Word and Google Docs.

Making good use of free templates available online help you navigate the complicated, if not confusing, process of resume writing and save time, especially when you decide to use a combination resume, a less common format.

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Combination Resume Templates & Examples

If you are still not sure how to write a combination resume, here are some examples you can follow:

Combination Resume Template for a Stay-at-Home Mom:



[Job title]

[[email protected]]  | [your phone number] | [your address or location] | []


Dedicated and customer-oriented [freelance graphic designer] with [3] years of experience. Seeking to leverage [communication skills and organization skills] as [an English teacher at ABC High School].


  • Communication Skill
    • Communicated with clients regarding their requests. 
    • Negotiated contract details with clients.
    • Networked with other types of designers to bring in 30+ new clients.
    • Volunteered at a local nursery school as a storyteller.
  • Organization skills
    • Managed 100+ clients’ emails every month.
    • Maintain customer relationships with 10+ clients monthly.
    • Run a Facebook stay-at-home mom group of 45 members and organized meet-ups.
    • Organized arts-teaching workshops for nursery school teachers. 
  • Graphic Design 
    • Skilled in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.
    • Designed and created visual materials for story-telling to a group of 15 kids aged 0-4. 


Full-time Caretaker of twin babies
2019 - Present

Graphic DesignerFreelance | 2014-2019 

  • Created advertising content, including flyers, brochures, posters, and brand logos.
  • Developed key vision for 50+ clients, improving corporate image and increased client website clickthrough rate by 27%.


Bachelor of Fine Arts | 
University of ABC | 2010 – 2014

Combination Resume Template for Project Manager:



[Job title]

[[email protected]]  | [your phone number] | [your address or location] | []


An innovative and customer-oriented project manager with [5] years of experience. Seeking to leverage [leadership skills and problem-solving skills] as a [public relations specialist].


  • Leadership skills
  • Presentation skills
    • Oral communication skills
    • Extensive knowledge of MS PowerPoint, Google Slides, and Keynote
  • Problem-solving skill
  • Organization skills
  • Research and strategy


Project Manager

ABC Corp.|Denver, Colo | 2019 — Present

  • Lead a team of 7 people, motivating, delegating tasks, giving constructive feedback, and monitoring their overall performance.
  • Quickly built and maintained relationships with customers, possessing a thorough knowledge of customers’ requirements and objectives.
  • Presented 50+ presentations and operational overviews for customers.
  • Designed and implemented solutions for 20+ cross-team collocation projects.

Associate Project Manager

XXX Co. |Aurora, Colo|2017 — 2019

  • Created and organized project documentation for 100+ projects.
  • Facilitated efficient communications between customers and the project team.
  • Presented findings in sales numbers and marketing data to upper-level management. 
  • Assisted in recruiting 10+ individuals suitable for projects.


BA in Business Administration 
University of ABC | 2012 – 2016

  • Co-ordinated graduate conference on cross-culture leadership with 150+ attendees.
  • Won the School of Business Student Research Paper Competition awards in 2015.

Combination Resume Template Example for Teenagers (High School Students):



[Job title]

[[email protected]]  | [your phone number] | [your address or location] | []


Empathetic and high-achieving student [(GPA 3.8/4.0)]. Seeking out to apply my [communication skills] as [an associate customer service representative] to aid [XXX Co.] in meeting its milestones.


  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Google Suite
  • Communication skills



Animal House Shelter, Asheville, NC | 2019 — 2021

  • Assisted in creating documentations for animals and potential pet owners.
  • Provided potential pet owners information regarding individual animals and increased adoption rate by 3%.


High School Diploma | XXX High School, Asheville, NC | Class of 2021

  • GPA 3.8
  • Relevant Coursework
    • Introduction to Business Management
    • Basic Information Management

🔑  Key Takeaways:

To sum up, a combination resume highlights both your skills and work experience. Although this combinational resume format is not as common and popular as other resume formats, the hybrid resume comes in handy when:

  • You have little work experience or gaps between jobs.
  • You are going through a career change.

When writing a combination resume:

  • Focus on the relevant information.
  • Include transferable skills that you gained from jobs in different fields or schools.
  • Use free templates of hybrid resumes online to save time and make sure you’ve included everything.

--- Originally written by Yin-Hsuan Liang ---

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