What is a Combination Resume Format?

By | May 9, 2017

A combination or hybrid resume format is made by keeping all the favorable aspects of both the chronological and functional formats. In a combination format, the Skills and Expertise section will come first, after the Summary section. The Work History will come just after the Skills section and will be in line with all the points highlighted previously. All three are aligned in context and illustrate in detail about how and when particular skills were acquired or exercised.  Furthermore, the Education section and others are placed at the bottom of the resume with little detail. As a result, hiring managers get a clear picture of your career progress and accomplishments.

This format is the most preferred by employers for positions that require a high level of both skill and experience.

Read about all four popular resume formats here.

A sample layout of a combination resume is shown below:

Summary of Qualifications/ Career Highlights

Put down all your important work related skills, expertise along with your most prominent educational qualification here. You can either put them down as a bullet-ed list or a carefully-worded paragraph of not more than four or five lines.



Over twenty years of engineering, operations, and management experience. Skilled in the creation, design and manufacture of numerous component products for various magnetic applications. Proficiency with Micrographics, MS Office, MRP and product costing.


Highly personable Customer Service Professional with over eight years of experience in account management, claims and sales processing, and call center operations within the travel, insurance, and entertainment industries.

·         Talent for identifying customer needs and presenting appropriate company product and service offerings

·         Demonstrated ability to provide exceptional customer service, leading to increased business

·         Track record of assisting in the design and implementation of reporting procedures that reduce labor costs and improve customer-satisfaction ratings

·         Expertise in resolving escalated customer service issues

·         Proficient with Microsoft Office System

Read more about writing a proper Career Highlights section here

Skills and Professional Experience

Include all your professional accomplishments and skills in this section. Use power verbs and action verbs to word each accomplishment. For e.g., instead of saying “I have led a team of 5 to deliver client service” you can say “Spearheaded a team of 5 to deliver quality service to clients while also meeting deadlines ”. This will project your leadership skills in a powerful way.

Work History

List here, your work history in a chronological order. However, keep in mind that this section should closely follow the Skills section and provide as a backing evidence for all the skills and experience you asserted to have. For e.g., if you mentioned having leadership skills, your work history should include a leader/manager role that you served and your job responsibilities during the tenure.


The Education section is of only lesser importance in a combination resume.  When you have so many professional skills and expertise for the position you are seeking, why should your grades and year of passing matter? Hence, providing a brief listing of all the degrees you possess will suffice.

Download Combination resume samples here.

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