Upward Bound Combination Format Resume Template
A Standout, Custom-Designed Combination Format Resume Template
Designed using a combination format, this Upward Bound resume template for MS Word is a mix between a functional resume and a chronological resume. Combination format resumes are especially popular for creating career change resumes and for any professionals who want to bring early career accomplishments to the forefront.
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A Combination Format Resume Template for Career Changers & Other Experienced Professionals
The resume template in the Upward Bound Collection is a combination format resume template. While a combination format resume is suitable for any experienced professional it is also a good template for many career changers.
What makes it a combination format resume template? Primarily it is the strong functionally focused summary section at the beginning of the resume with space to showcase all of your most relevant experiences and accomplishments regardless of where they fall in your work history. This section is followed by a more traditional chronological format. This is why it is called a combination format resume template: it combines the best of both a functional resume and a chronological resume.
A format like this is a great choice for job hunters seeking to make a career change because it provides space to bring attention to your transferable qualifications and these may or may not have been in your prior employment.
In other words, perhaps you gained the skills for your career change through volunteer work. This format will give you a place to showcase that experience right on the first page.
You might also notice that simple tables are used throughout this resume, to help improve the layout and eye appeal. These tables have been used in ways that ensure they are still ATS compatible, despite the prevalent myth that tables can never be used in an ATS-friendly resume.
Available separately, the Upward Bound biography and letterhead templates are designed to coordinate with our Upward Bound resume template. See all the templates in the collection:
Upward Bound is part of our money-saving introductory bundle of resume templates. Microsoft Word is REQUIRED.
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WHAT OUR TEMPLATE USERS SAY
Appearances matter, even with the written word, and how a document looks can make an immediate impact on the decision to read it or toss it aside. I train and mentor many excellent resume writers who have mastered the art of crafting highly effective resume content, but who lack the basic MS Word skills to create eye-catching, ATS compatible and uniquely branded documents. Distinctive Templates are the perfect solution for easily transforming well-written content into works of art that capture attention, generate interest, and motivate the recipient to read every word.
While I primarily write resumes from scratch for each of my clients, I have also used Michelle’s templates and received great feedback. I find the templates are especially helpful to organize my thinking for those clients who have an overabundance of important information that still must fit in an ATS-friendly, 2-page format without looking cluttered or disorganized.
When I was starting out with resume writing a little over a year ago, one of the most intimidating aspects was visual design of resumes. I didn’t want to have to learn graphic design to stand out—and with these templates, I didn’t need to! I was a little hesitant at first because I thought the templates might be too rigid or generic. In actuality, they are incredibly flexible and easy to play around with. I can customize any template with my client’s favorite colors in just two clicks—which means they never look exactly the same, even if I use them for multiple clients. Using the templates means I can just do what I do best—write—and then plug the text right into the appropriate section. It saves me literal HOURS of work and hassle. One of the best parts about purchasing from Michelle is that she is extremely responsive to questions. There’s a private Facebook group where she records screen share tutorials about how to switch up certain elements in the templates, and she’s always been responsive to my emailed questions. My clients are completely thrilled with the unique, modern design of their resume, and I’m thrilled that I’m saving time and don’t have to learn graphic design!
I love Michelle’s resume templates! The designs are eye-catching and easy to use. I highly recommend these templates for anyone who finds that designing a creative, contemporary formatted resume is a challenge. They’re a huge time-saver.
I used the “Pivot” template to create a combination functional/chronological resume for my first big client. Her words when she saw the finished product: “THIS IS AMAZING!” I’m a writer, not a designer. My resumes aren’t unprofessional, but they needed a “wow” factor – and now they have it. Thank you, Michelle, for offering such affordably priced tools!
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