This resume sample for a Generalist in Human Resources is in the combination resume format. It wasn't always in that format. When it was first written in the 1990s, it was in the functional resume format. (See Functional Resume Sample: Generalist Position in Human Resources.) Back then, the functional resume was a new and exciting format that was accepted by employers.
In today's job market, employers don't like the functional resume. So, when I updated this resume, I converted it to the more traditional combination resume format, which you see below.
About This Sample Combination Resume for a Human Resources Generalist
If you toggle back and forth between the functional and combination resume versions, you'll see that it took only a small change to convert to the new version. But that small change made a big improvement. Take a look...
- Most of the achievement statements took place at the most recent job, as you can see in the functional resume version. So it was a snap to just place that job heading on top of the Relevant Experience section and turn the resume into a combination format.
- Skill headings are the same as in the functional format because they are the key skills David (not his real name) brings to his new career in Human Resources.
- Indents and columns give this resume some graphic appeal. They make items stand out so they're easy for the employer to run through. Notice we lined up the columns to give it an overall sense of design.
- No dates are listed in the Education section to help David avoid age discrimination. Those dates were longer ago than he wants to reveal.
- The Community Service section has a few bullet point statements that were in the body of the functional resume version. This gives David's unpaid work a little buzz and shows relevance.
From the Collection of Resume Examples
This combination resume and most of the other resume examples on this site were written with the help of professional resume templates from my Ready-Made Resume Builder.