Join Mariann Siegert for an in-depth discussion in this video Reverse chronological, part of Creating an Effective Resume (2011).
- [Voiceover] Chronological resumes are probably the commonly used and more traditional type of resume. Although the word "chronological" means arranged in the order of time, chronological resumes are actually written in reverse chronological format. In other words, you will list your most recent job first, not last. Keep in mind that the terms "chronological" and "reverse chronological" refer to the same thing. Your experience and background are the deciding factor of which resume format to use.
When you use a chronological resume format, your professional work experience is highlighted and described in detail and may lead with either your education or your work history, depending on several factors. One such factor would be if the position requires an MBA, you may not want to bury such qualifications at the end of your resume, and you might put it first. The rule of thumb is to place the most pertinent information in the top one-third of your resume. So who should use this format? The Chronological format is recommended for conservative types of careers such as legal, accounting, and banking.
People that have no employment gaps. Job candidates who want to highlight their progressive growth within a single company. Those that have stayed in the same field and plan to remain in the same field. And perhaps when creating your resume for more traditional types of hiring managers. Who should not use this format? Since this format focuses on work experience, this type of resume format is not a good choice if you've had a lot of job gaps, you're just entering the work force, or you're making a career change.
Here's an example of a Chronological resume. It starts off with the name at the top. Then the contact information. It has the headline next. The qualifications summary. The professional experience section. After that, you're going to put your education, awards, honors, and additional information if need be. Of course, that's optional. When choosing the best resume format for you, your experience and background should be your deciding factor. When using a Chronological format, your work experience is showcased and includes dates of employment.
It's appropriate to either lead with your education or your work experience, depending on which is more important to the position you are seeking. But remember, it's all about you.
- Determining the appropriate resume length
- Choosing the best layout
- Identifying and incorporating essential keywords
- Tips from recruiters
- Showcasing achievements and job duties using P.A.R. statements
- Evaluating resume banks
- Saving to different file formats
- Compiling references, cover letters, and thank-you notes