There’s no doubt that a well-written and professionally-presented resume makes the difference between getting that all-important job interview and receiving the dreaded ‘Dear John’ rejection letter. This article looks at the ‘mixed’ or ‘combination’ style resume and how to make it work for you.
What is a Mixed Resume?
When to use a Mixed Resume
A Mixed resume is the ideal format to use if you have an uninterrupted work history. It has the advantage of allowing you to present all your achievements beneath separate sub-headings and job information in a neat bundle. This makes it much easier for a recruiter to see how well your qualifications and work experience match what they are looking for.
Look at the following example:
Document Production Supervisor 2010 - Present
Sharkey and Blagg LLP Solicitors
Reporting to Head of Document Production, managed a team of six Technicians in a multi-national legal company achieving $20 million in annual revenues.
Supervision of Technicians
Recruiting and Terminating Employees
Training and Development
Creating a Mixed Resume
- Using the above example as a template, start by drafting a standard Chronological resume; begin with your most recent position then include statements of accomplishment to demonstrate all the skills and experience you gained whilst in that job.
- Next, organise these achievements beneath sub-headings as applicable to the position you held. The sub-headings used in the above example are pertinent to the ‘Document Production Supervisor’ role.
- Take the time to read over the job specification for the position you are applying for. Make notes of what experience and credentials the employer is asking for and tailor the sub-headings in your resume to tie in with this. Where possible, match the words used in the job advertisement exactly to those in used your sub-headings; this tells the person screening your resume that you could be the perfect candidate for the vacancy they are seeking to fill.
- Keep your style consistent throughout; either use bullet points beneath each sub-heading or use further indented sub-headings if you wish; don’t end up with a mixture of both which can be confusing for the reader.
- Read over the job advertisement again and note any keywords. It’s important that you use these ’tags’ within the ‘Work History’ section of your document to make sure that any screening software being used by the recruiter picks out your resume.
Completing your Mixed Resume
Presentation is extremely important. Your completed resume should be well-presented and visually appealing to the employer or recruiter. It’s important to project a professional image.
- Proof-read your resume at least twice for typos and grammatical errors; always use a good spelling and grammar checker in case you miss something.
- Keep it brief; your resume will probably only get 15-30 seconds consideration.
- Margins should be no smaller than half an inch; leave enough room for the recruiter to make notes if he wishes to.
- Use good quality, white or ivory coloured bond paper and print on one side only. Don’t use staples or paperclips; number the pages clearly in the footer.
- Choose one conservative font in size 10 or 12; don’t use colour, graphics or fancy font styles.
With a little organisation, thought and planning you can produce a great Mixed resume that clearly emphasises the precise skills, abilities and work experience that employers are looking for. This makes it much easier for recruiters to home-in on you as the ideal candidate for the job and dramatically increases your chances of success.