When considering resume styles, the combination resume is one of three commonly used resume layouts or styles you should investigate.
Of all the resume layouts, it is this style that best illustrates the point.....there is no single best or correct way to write a resume.
The combination style resume enables you to adapt parts of the other two resume formats, the chronological and functional resume styles, to better suit how you profile yourself, and promote your capabilities.
Consider using a combination resume when:
People in established careers will sometimes have held a position where, for a variety of possible reasons, they didn't achieve much.
For example in a business development role your sales performance might have been affected by economic conditions, or as a result of changes within your employing organisation, or that of your key clients.
If however you've done some really great things in other positions - the position where you didn't do much will tend to stick out like a sore thumb! Ideally you don't want to draw attention to this.
A way to "hide" this inconvenient hole in your otherwise successful career is to summarise some of your career achievements under the one heading, and not by individual position.
There are some essential ingredients to writing a good resume.
Like the other resume layouts, a combination resume should have a career profile or professional profile statement, and possibly an accompanying skills summary.
You can also include a resume objectives under the heading "Career Objective" if it suits your purpose.
The combination style of resume differs from the other resume layouts as follows:
Apart from these differences, all the other suggested headings to use when creating a resume, and the information you will provide under each heading, will be the same as for the other two resume formats.
This is one of those resume layouts that really focuses attention on your achievements or contributions.
There is considerable flexibility in how you can do this:
The combination resume layout is one that allows you to use considerable creativity, both in how you present your information, and the information you actually provide.
This is what effective resume writing is really all about - adapting the format or layout to suit your purpose.
This combination style is being increasingly used, particularly by people in established careers, where neither the reverse chronological resume, nor the functional resume provides a best fit with their purpose and career history.
Resume writing is one of those really personal things that we do. There isn't necessarily one single correct way of putting a resume together.
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