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chronological resumeThe Chronological Resume is the most common structure among job seekers and employers. Job seekers prefer this resume because is very simple to write and employers because it is easy to know in which jobs applicants have worked and when.

This resume lists in reverse chronological order the work history, with the most recent position listed first; keep in mind that skills and accomplishments are listed under each jobposition. Education is also listed in reverse chronological order and it could be before or after the work history section.

This type of resume is the best for job seekersthat are looking for jobs in their present career field and have a strong and solid work history, education and training to move up in responsibility and emphasizes their skills and education.


Below you can find a list of strengths about this style of resume:

  • If you have work experiences that are aligned with the job position that you want, your job descriptionsand job titles can be highlighted with this format, and the same way the organizations where you worked.
  • This makes a list of your jobs in a timeline sequence that allows employers to follow the progression of your career and carry additional credibility.
  • This resume style is the most traditional and preferred for employers and conservative fields that give a high value to work experience and prestigious places of employment.
  • It is appropriate for people with a strong employment historyor someone applying for the same type of job position.


Below there are some weaknesses of this resume:
  • As work experiences are listed in reverse chronological order, gaps or breaks in work experience timelinecan stand out.
  • This allows employers to figure out the time you have been switching jobs and it is something they could not want in a job candidate.
  • This resume makes impossible to hide your age and it can be a disadvantage for both younger and older job seekers.
  • For employers that are looking for specific skills, it could take time to find them through work experience.
  • This resume does nottarget to a specific job posting.


      • Make a list of your contact information as a headingat the top of your resume, including the following information: first and last name, zip code, telephone number and email address.

      • A good way to organize the resume is to divide in four sections: Objective, Job Experience, Education and Skills.

      • In the Objective section, write a short objective paragraph about goals of your job search and your best attributes you have for the position.

      • In the Job Experience section, this section is the most important part of your resume in which list your work experience in a chronological list with the most recent one first. So in the list includes dates of company, the name of your employer, your job titleand a brief summary of the job description with your duties and responsibilities for each job. You can also include accomplishment or achievements for your job position.

      • In the Education section, include your degrees held from colleges, universities or trade schools; list the most recent one first. For each educational institution, include its name, city and state, and the degree or certificate you received. You can also list training programs you have completed.

      • In the Skills section, make a list of your skills to the job you are applying for. You can include word processing programs, computer programming skills,professional memberships and other non-controversial activities or interests.

      • You can add additional sections to highlight something that makes you stand out as the right candidate for the job. You can include sections about: special skills, languages, etc.

      • Conclude with references, this section is optional and only include a paragraph saying that references are available upon request, or if you want to include the names of your references, these should be on a separate sheet.


      It is important to know in which situations you can use this style of resume, below there is a list when it is appropriate:

      • If you have few gaps in your career history, this style highlights how much time you performed in each roleand if you were a stable and reliable employee.

      • If you get experience on paid employment.

      • The duration and positions on a job show the employer that you have skills for the job posting.

      • If you worked at an impressive organization, the name of your employer can give you some advantage.

      • In some companies, employers want to know where you worked, in which particular role, and other useful information.

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