How to Use a Hybrid Resume to Get a Startup Job

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When you go to work for a startup, be prepared to juggle roles. New companies simply have too much going on to allow their employees to sit comfortably in one role, focused on one well-defined set of tasks. Yes, the business needs your technical smarts but chances are you’re going to be using a lot of non-technical knowledge as well. Functional knowledge–in marketing, project management, business and the like–is going to play a big role in your success.

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From the beginning, the folks doing the hiring will be on the lookout for people who can take on such hybrid roles, even if they don’t refer to them that way. This is why a hybrid resume could be the tool you need to get yourself in the door for an interview.

Essentially, a hybrid resume combines the benefits of chronological and functional styles in a single document. It clearly communicates your prowess with the major technical and non-technical job requirements without forgoing the opportunity to showcase your stable work history, career progression and credentials.

Plus, a blended format is great for professionals who want to transition from a pure tech role into a hybrid position, since it lets you emphasize relevant skills and experience you’ve attained through various means and sources over your entire lifetime. Meanwhile, it helps you omit unrelated tasks and responsibilities.

For example, say you’re an SQL programmer who wants to become a marketing database analyst. You can highlight the marketing expertise you’ve acquired through online courses, by attending lunch and learns with the marketing folks, chairing fundraisers or handling other outreach efforts for community organizations.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s a sample of a hybrid resume for a marketing database analyst.

If you decide to stick with a more traditional chronological resume, give equal billing to your technical and non-technical skills. This can be challenging for professionals transitioning from a pure technical role, since they tend to emphasize their technical skills and forget to mention their other competencies.

If you’re changing careers, help the reviewer visualize the fit by providing context for your technical experience and emphasizing transferable skills that apply to the hybrid position.

And, don’t forget to create a forward-looking resume. It’s not enough to recite what you’ve done in the past: You need to emphasize how you can apply your skills—technical and non-technical—to the challenges the startup is trying to meet.

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