When to use the Combination CV
You will use the combination CV when you have a strong education
and career history to support the career objectives section. You
will include specific areas to place focus on the career history
and the education to support that in the combination CV
You can also make use of the combination CV when
you target a specific job or have a clear objective of the industry
that you want to work in.
It is also frequently used when the job hunter had specific responsibilities
that are unique to a certain job or position.
Another reason for using this type of CV is to add pages. If a
short CV of two pages are not enough and you want to fill the empty
space with useful and relevant information, make use of this CV
What is the combination CV?
It is a CV that combines the characteristics of the chronological
and the functional formats.
Benefits offered by the combination CV
- Uses the best of the more traditional and functional formats.
- Highlights accomplishments.
- Highlights education.
- Emphasizes job experience.
- Begins with the job candidate's profile where after the career
history is provided and is thus perfect for management positions
and to draw attention to your suitability for the job.
- Emphasizes important soft and technical skills.
- Easy to note achievements.
- It can become quite lengthy.
- If the profile doesn't draw attention, the hiring manager may
ignore the rest of the CV.
When not to use the combination CV:
- When your job history is short.
- When you have limited experience in the required field.
- When there are various periods of unemployment.
- When you did job hopping.
Combination CV format
Name and Surname
Street and Postal Address
Email or Fax
Give a short, but targeted profile to fit the job that you apply
for. You can also list key objectives or skills.
Describe your background (education, experience and skills) as relevant
to the position.
List the main accomplishments during your career as relevant to
the position and provide short descriptions of each.
Make use of bullets to list the various employers, cities and dates
of employment as well as position held.
List each of your qualifications starting with the highest in bulleted
format with the name of the course/degree/diploma, dates (1980-1983),
institution and city for each.
List books/journals etc. published, workshops/seminars presented
and professional organization membership.
If you have interests relevant to the position, you list them shortly.
No more and no fewer than three.
This is where you state that references are available.
The combination CV is well structured for managerial positions.