Chronological Resume Samples & Writing Guide | TrumpantisemitismLet’s look a little more in-depth at the chronological resume. As its name implies, this format offers a historical timeline of your work experience. This type of resume format prompts you to group employer information together while allowing you to describe what you did and how well you did it for each employer.

Frequently, this format leads off with a Highlights section where you can include the most important facts and appealing information at the visual center of the page.

Following the Highlights section is the Experience section. In nearly every case, your most recent employer is listed first, and your least recent employer is listed last. Other sections such as Education and Affiliations generally follow the Experience section. If this is confusing to do, don’t worry. An example will follow. I’ll even include a downloadable example you can take with you.

Now back to the matter at hand. The most important thing you need to remember about the chronological resume is that employers prefer them most! Why? Because it’s one of the best formats allowing the employer to quickly evaluate you as a potential employee.

You see, most managers are like me. When it comes to your work experience and skills, we are curious about what you’ve done and where you’ve done it. A Chronological resume clearly lays it all out – in a logical order that allows us to scan and gather our answers quickly.

Beware of This!

Of course, there is a pitfall I need to remind you of. The chronological format really puts you under the microscope. It will be easy for a potential employer to spot gaps in employment, lack of promotions, and indications of poor or subpar performance. So you must be careful! Make sure this is the best format to use.
Following is a quick and dirty checklist I reference from another page on this Site. This list will help you decide if this resume sample format is best for you:

  • You have experienced a successful career progression over the past five plus years. Meaning you have received promotions.
  • The job you are seeking is similar to the job you have.
  • You work for an impressive employer with strong name recognition and a favorable reputation.
  • You are changing fields but plan to perform the same functions only in a different industry.
  • You are leaving the military and plan to perform a similar job function.
  • You are a new graduate with experience related to your chosen field.


Now let’s look at an example of the chronological resume format:

Name

Street Address

City, State, Zip Code

Contact Number

Email Address

Objective Statement

One to two sentences that highlight your skills and advertise how you can help the potential employer.

Work Experience

Position Title – Company name, location (City and State), position start/end dates
Job Description (Use action words)

  • Several highlighted bullet points
  • Several highlighted bullet points

Position Title – Company name, location (City and State), position start/end dates
Job Description (Use action words)

  • Several highlighted bullet points
  • Several highlighted bullet points

Position Title – Company name, location (City and State), position start/end dates
Job Description (Use action words)

  • Several highlighted bullet points
  • Several highlighted bullet points

Education & Training

Degree Earned, Concentration, Name of University, State, date completed

Computer Skills

Skill level, software and or programming language.

Activities

List activities.

Honors/Awards

List honors, awards, publications, etc.