How to Write a Chronological Resume

Chronological Resumes
Chronological resumes present information in a timeline approach. Typically, the most recent work or educational experience is listed first, followed by the next most recent.

This is the most common type of resume. It illustrates how you have made progress towards your career objective through your employment history.

A chronological resume is best if you have demonstrated experience within your desired career field. It highlights the positions you have held and the companies for which you have worked.

Advantages:

  • Many employers and recruiters expect and prefer this format
  • Employers can easily scan chronological resumes
  • Provides a straightforward history of your work experiences
Disadvantages:

  • Can demonstrate a lack of work experience
  • Will show any gaps in employment history
  • Employers can guess your age if you include older experiences

Sample

First Name Last Name
Address
City State Zip
Home xxx xxx xxxx
Work (xxx xxx xxxx
OBJECTIVE: To utilize my computer science and art background to develop advanced user software for commercial application.
EDUCATION: University of Notre Dame; South Bend, IN
Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science
Graduation December 1999
Davie Community College; Davie, FL
Associate Arts Degree, 1995
Liberal Arts, Concentration in Graphic Design
EXPERIENCE:
December, 1999 – Present WATER, Inc., Lafayette, IN
3-D Maintenance Programmer
Conducts software troubleshooting.
Performs repair in 3-D wire frame surfaces, mesh and piping.
October, 1997-September, 1999 Computert, Miami, FL
Salesperson
Conducted sales and custom instruction of personal computers and other home electronics.
Designed all in-store displays and advertisements.
(quarter breaks and summers)
HONORS AND ACTIVITIES: Facilitate a weekly meeting for individuals interested in computer graphics.
Dean’s List, University of Notre Dame 1997-1999.
President, Associated Students, 1998.
SPECIAL SKILLS: Knowledge of laser printing and color display.
Knowledge of FORTRAN and PASCAL.
Hobbies include sculpture, painting, cycling and water skiing.
REFERENCES: Available upon request

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