What is a combination CV / resume?
Have you ever heard of the phrase combination CV or combination resume and wondered exactly what this means? Why would you use this layout rather than the other CV formats?
The combination CV begins with a powerful summary of skills and achievements as in a functional CV and continues with details of employment history, education, voluntary work and interests. it has become increasingly more popular as work trends have changed and people have had to address the reality that most of us will have several jobs during our working life.
Whereas a chronological CV format will highlight gaps in your employment history, a combination CV can be tailored to your individual needs. It addresses this by taking the strongest parts of the other formats.
For example you can use a combination CV / resume for the following reasons:
- Supply the reader with the most relevant information regarding the post you are applying for.
- Supply the reader with abilities and achievements that have not been used in your most recent posts.
- Illustrate that you have had quite a few jobs and you would prefer to give an overall description rather than individual posts.
- Highlight skills and strengths rather than specific jobs.
- Show that you may have had a number of jobs, or a number of jobs in different areas.
- You may be returning to work after a break.
In essence the combination CV layout is a very good way of utilising the best of all the popular CV formats.
Before you send out your Combination CV/resume, make sure you have an effective cover letter.
Your CV / resume represents you so remember how important it is to check for grammar and punctuation. Sometimes a word transposed or omitted can have a devastating effect. Just look at some of the worst CV mistakes for examples of bad grammar and punctuation.
Whatever your profession go to our sample CV / resumes by job title page where you can find free examples of:
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