Combination Resume Example and Writing Tips

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A combination resume is ideal for people who want to emphasize their skills, but also include their work history (which many employers want to see).

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 experience first. Your employment history is listed next in chronological order. When you use a combination resume you can highlight the skills you have that are relevant to the job you are applying for, and also provide the chronological work history that employers prefer.

There are several benefits to this resume format. The layout first captures the attention of the employer or recruiter by highlighting the skills and capabilities of the applicant and then supports the first part with an account of prior work experience.

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

Jose A. Adelo
1525 Jackson Street, Oakland, CA 94603

To obtain a position where I can maximize my multilayer of management skills, quality assurance, program development, training experience, customer service, and a successful track record in the Blood Banking care environment.

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, 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. Thorough knowledge of current manufacturing practices and a clear vision to accomplish the company goals.

Professional Accomplishments:

  • Facilitated educational projects successfully over the past two years for Northern California blood centers, an FDA regulated manufacturing environment, as pertaining to cGMP, CFR's, CA state and American Association of Blood Bank (AABB) regulations, and assure compliance with 22 organization quality systems.
  • Provided daily operational review/quality control of education accountability as it relates to imposed government regulatory requirements in a medical environment.
  • 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).
  • 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, and special projects/plant extensions, and evaluations to ensure proper end-of-line and demarcation signal.
  • Reduced employee turnovers, introduced two-way communication to field employees, enhanced employee appearance, and spearheaded the implementation of employee (health) benefits.
  • 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. Designed plant extensions, improved the paper flow, and inventory control for the warehouse. 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.

Work History:

  • Acting Education Manager, American Red Cross, Oakland, CA: 20XX-present
  • Education Coordinator, American Red Cross, Oakland, CA: 20XX-20XX
  • Phlebotomist, American Red Cross, Oakland, CA: 20XX-20XX
  • Cable Television CATV Supervisor, Core Communication Inc, Sunnyvale, CA: 20XX-20XX
  • CATV System Technician, TCI Cablevision Inc, Fremont, CA: 20XX-20XX
  • Technician/Day Shift Supervisor, Avantek Inc, Milpitas, CA: 19XX-19XX


  • Associate of Art, Administration of Justice, San Jose University, San Jose, CA
  • NCTI Certified, CATV System Technician, Denver, CO
  • ABM Certified, Cornerstone Technician, Denver, CO

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