4 Things You Should Know About Hybrid Resumes

Resume DoneA chronological resumes’ primary purpose is to display a person’s work history. If you have a long, stable work history, this is a good choice.

Functional resumes are often used by individuals with limited work histories, whether from unemployment, family planning, or education. This format highlights the applicant’s skills and experience rather than job titles or employers, and minimizes resume gaps.

A hybrid resume borrows a bit from each, leading with skills and work accomplishments from the breadth of the applicant’s experience and following with a chronological work history. Essentially, a hybrid resume format answers the following questions:

  • What are my strongest skills?
  • Where have I put these skills to use?
  • What have I accomplished at previous jobs using these skills?

Who Would Benefit From a Hybrid Resume Format?

Because a hybrid resume bridges the gap between two popular resume formats, it can be a great choice for a range of applicants. Newcomers to the job market are excellent candidates for a hybrid resume. Education, volunteer work, and other experiences can be listed with an emphasis on skills gained from these experiences. If you are starting a new career, a hybrid resume can enable you to highlight skills that transfer well between career paths.

Military personnel and veterans are great candidates for hybrid resumes because they have been tasked with doing extraordinary things that require a diverse skill set. Especially when transitioning to the civilian job market, having a resume that emphasizes skills can help.

Who Should Avoid a Hybrid Resume Format?

Traditional fields, such as finance and law, are much more likely to prefer the traditional chronological resume format. Hiring managers in these fields may be wary of alternative resume formats. Frequent career changers may also want to skip the hybrid resume in favor of a functional resume format.

What Does a Hybrid Resume Include?

Components often include:

  • Contact information
  • Resume summary
  • List of targeted qualifications
  • List of most relevant skills
  • Experience and accomplishments
  • Awards, volunteer work, and/or certifications
  • Professional training and education

Ideally, it will fit on one page. Perhaps the biggest identifier of the hybrid resume is the list of qualifications from the applicant’s experiences. This is typically found right below the summary.

The Importance of Targeting

One advantage of a hybrid resume is that it can be easily fine-tuned to a specific position. A hiring manager generally has a bulleted list of what they’re looking for in an applicant. They are looking for keywords found in the job posting, whether your skills meet their needs, and whether your employment history sends up any red flags. A hybrid resume covers all of this information without the need for filler.

To determine whether you have included the proper keywords, use Jobscan’s resume analysis tool. It will compare your resume with the job description of your choice and give you instant feedback, including steps you can take to tailor your resume more effectively.  This gives you an opportunity to optimize each resume you send out.

Consider your existing work history and future goals to determine whether a hybrid resume is right for you.


For this post, YouTern would like to thank our friends at JobScan Blog.





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