Research among hiring employers has shown the most preferred and effective resume format to be the chronological layout. Here are some tips for developing a great chronological resume.

1. Start with your present or most recent position and work backward, with the most space devoted to recent employment.

2. Detail only the last three to five positions, or employment covering the last ten or so years. Do not summarize early positions unless exceptionally relevant to the present.

3. Use year designations only, without specifying month or day. Greater detail can be given in the interview or application.

4. Do not repeat details that are common to several positions.

5. Within each position listed stress the major accomplishments and responsibilities that demonstrate your full competence to do the job. Once the most significant aspects of your work are clear, it is generally not necessary to include lesser achievements since they will be assumed by employers.

6. Keep your next job target in mind. Describe prior positions and accomplishments that most relate to your next job.

7. Education is not included in the work experience section. Generally speaking, education should go at the top of the resume if completed within the last five years; if more than five years, at the bottom. (This is not a hard and fast rule, however, and you can follow your own instincts whether to emphasize work or education.)

8. And, of course, try to keep it to one page.