Combination Resume Example and Writing Tips

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What's a combination resume, and when should you use one? A combination resume is ideal for people who want to emphasize their skills over their work history, perhaps because they’ve changed career fields and much of their job history no longer reflects the skills they’ve gained that are appropriate for their new job targets.

Combination resumes can be used to show the employer your most relevant skills, while still documenting your work history. This resume format is also a good way of answering the reader’s questions about career changes, gaps in work history, and other potential red flags.

What is a Combination Resume?

A combination resume lists your skills and qualifications first. Your employment history is listed next, in reverse chronological order (beginning with your current or most recent job and then working back through earlier positions). When you use a combination resume you can thus showcase the skills you have that are relevant to the job you are applying for while also providing the work history that employers expect to review.

There are several benefits to this resume format. The layout first captures the attention of the employer or recruiter by highlighting key skills and capabilities of the applicant in a “qualifications summary,” and then supports this introductory section with an account of prior work experience. It can be especially effective, in this format, to divide the descriptions of your work experience into “Related Work Experience” and “Additional Professional Experience” sections. This allows you to focus your reader’s attention on your most relevant experience while at the same time providing a complete work history.

What to Include in a Combination Resume

The combination resume is typically sectioned into two parts. The first part is similar to a functional resume in that it highlights skills, achievements, and qualifications. The second part depicts the timeline of work experience. The following is an example of a combination resume.

Combination Resume Example (Text Version)

Jose A. Adelo
1525 Jackson Street
Oakland, CA 94603

Summary of Qualifications:

Results-oriented, high-energy, hands-on professional, with a successful record of accomplishments in the blood banking, training, and communication transmission industries. Experience in phlebotomy, blood banking industry, training, quality assurance, and customer service with focus on providing the recipient with the highest quality blood product. Fully compliant with FDA cGMP, Code of Federal Regulations, AABB accreditation, and CA state laws.

Major strengths include strong leadership, excellent communication skills, technical competency, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, as well as supervisory skills including hiring, termination, scheduling, training, payroll, and other administrative tasks. Possess thorough knowledge of current manufacturing practices and a clear vision to accomplish company goals.

Related Work History

American Red Cross, Oakland, CA
Acting Education Manager / Education Coordinator, 20XX-present

Facilitated educational projects successfully over the past two years for Northern California blood centers, within an FDA regulated manufacturing environment, as pertaining to cGMP, CFR's, CA state and American Association of Blood Bank (AABB) regulations.

  • Provided daily operational review/quality control of education accountability as it relates to imposed government regulatory requirements in a medical environment.
  • Assured uncompromised compliance with 22 organization quality systems.

American Red Cross, Oakland, CA: 20XX-20XX
Phlebotomist, 20XX-20XX

Assisted other team members in veni-punctures, donor reaction care, and providing licensed staffing an extension in their duties by managing the blood services regulations documentation (BSD's) while assigned to the self-contained blood mobile unit (SCU).

Additional Professional Experience

Core Communication Inc, Sunnyvale, CA
Cable Television CATV Supervisor, 20XX-20XX

Successfully supervised contract support for six AT&T Broadband systems located in the Bay Area. Provided customer intervention/resolution, training in telephony and customer care, manpower scheduling, quality control, payroll, special projects/plant extensions, and evaluations to ensure proper end-of-line and demarcation signals.

  • Reduced employee turnovers, enhanced employee appearance, and spearheaded the implementation of employee (health) benefits.
  • Introduced two-way communication to field employees.

TCI Cablevision Inc, Fremont, CA: 20XX-20XX
CATV System Technician, 20XX-20XX

Supervised and maintained the position of System Technician in charge of status monitoring and the integration of monitoring devices in nodes and power supplies for the reception and transmission of telemetry to the network operation centers (NOC's) located in Denver, CO and Fremont, CA. Provided preventative maintenance at the system level, face-to-face customer interaction when required, and traveled to several telephony/@home systems in the U.S. for evaluation and suggestions in using the status monitoring equipment.

  • Designed plant extensions; improved the paper flow and inventory control for the warehouse.


Associate of Art, Administration of Justice

San Jose University, San Jose, CA

NCCT Phlebotomy Technician Certification

NCTI Certified, CATV System Technician, Denver, CO

ABM Certified, Cornerstone Technician, Denver, CO