Writing a Chronological Resume
Chronological Resume Style
This style describes work and internships with expressive phrases for each experience. It primarily highlights work and education.
- Easy to organize, write, and read.
- Familiar to most employers.
- Forms clear picture of where you’ve worked and your accomplishments.
- Reflects straightforward, continuous growth and development.
- Limited experience, any gaps in employment, or other weak areas may be evident.
- Lack of related or professional experience is emphasized.
Content for a Chronological Resume
City, State, Zip Code
(include permanent and present information if a college student)
Your objective is a one-sentence statement of what you intend to do for the employer. Focus on a career area, level of responsibility, and skills. The objective should be the focal point to which all other elements in the resume relate.
List post-secondary education in reverse chronological order. Juniors and Seniors should not include high school. Include degree(s), highlights, and special training/courses. Degree(s) should include the month and year received, college, location, major(s), minor(s), or emphases. Grade point average and/or percentage of college education expenses that you paid can also be included here.
List in reverse chronological order your position, employer, city, state, and dates (most recent experiences first). Include paid and non-paid experiences—employment, internships, and volunteer work. Use short phrases to describe your skills, responsibilities, accomplishments, and contributions—especially those related to your objective. A variety of strong action verbs can be employed to enhance this portion of your resume.
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Summary of Qualifications
Sample Chronological Resume (.doc)