Many eyebrows are raised when I mention they need a Hybrid resume. What is a Hybrid resume anyways?
A hybrid resume is different from the traditional resume format, which is chronological, highlighting a long, solid work history.
Hybrid resumes can also be identified as a combination resume, highlighting relevant skills while still providing information about your work history, in a more subtle tone. Aside from highlighting your skills and related qualification, hybrids displays reverse chronological employment history as well as masking job hopping and any unrelated experience.
First, let’s determine whether a hybrid resume is for you!
Hybrids are generally for Students, New Graduates, Entry- Level Job seekers, Career changers, Applicants reentering the job market, and older workers.
Now let’s dive into creating a Hybrid a.k.a. Combination resume
The main strategy is to begin with a career summary (qualifications summary or skills). This emphasizes your strongest potential and credentials. According to an article written by, Kim Issacs, Monster Resume Expert, she also states that mentioning this, in the beginning, you have the opportunity to, ” entice hiring managers to read the rest of your resume.” Include, your key skills and accomplishments related to the skills relevant to the position you are applying for.
Create a section of core competencies that others can acknowledge your expertise. These points can range anywhere from a table of 9 points of core competencies or 6. Keep it rather short.
When listing out your employment history, keep the format chronological order. This format most employers are used to seeing. Ensure you are not listing the responsibilities, though, just generalized information regarding your skills. Just the Facts!
Be clear and concise when including your experience section. Focus on your achievements rather than job duties. This will show your participation within that organization and how your participation allowed the company to benefit from it.
Don’t forget to add in any training, certifications and/or languages and education to your resume as well. Look it over and read it twice or you can pay to have a professional review it over or ask family and friends. You can always go back and modify your resume based on feedback and response rate.How to create a Hybrid Resume