Tips for Creating a Hybrid Resume

By Laura DeCarlo

You may decide that a hybrid resume format is what you need. Some employment challenges require the lightest of tweaking to make them blend in, and others require more of a major renovation. You can decide on a case-by-case basis how much work your resume needs when you look at the job target and compare it to your work history.

If your career progression is all lined up for the job you want but the industry experience is hiding on page two, all you need is a light tweak to help draw the eyes of prospective employer to relevant career information. You can stick with your reverse chronology and all the other elements that make an RC successful, but add a little summary line at the top of your professional experience section that connects your prior positions or industries with the target.

Use the light hybrid when your reverse-chronology resume is on track but some key relevance is gett

Use the light hybrid when your reverse-chronology resume is on track but some key relevance is getting hidden in your resume layout.

But what if you’re facing one of those challenges that make it more crucial for you to play up a job from earlier in your career but going to a chrono-functional resume would be overkill? That’s when you go heavy with the hybrid!

You have room to be creative here as long as you adhere to two simple rules:

  • Always include a timeline, either before the professional experience section or after it.

  • List jobs in the order they best serve you, but without the dates (since those appear elsewhere in the chronology). Feel free to leave out descriptions that don’t serve you.

This example shows you how you might present the timeline and job list on a resume.

The heavy hybrid format comes into play when you have had solid jobs but they just aren’t pre

The heavy hybrid format comes into play when you have had solid jobs but they just aren’t presenting in the best order to qualify you for the position.