Benefits of Using a Chronological Resume
- Emphasizes work history and longevity
- Traditional and most widely accepted among employers
If you have large gaps in your work history or have had a number of jobs in a short amount of time (less than two years at each position), or are changing careers, a functional resume or a combination chronological/functional resume may be more effective.
|Employer Viewpoint||"I prefer the reverse chronological format because I review at least 50 to 100 resumes every day. I don't have an abundance of time, and therefore, look for those candidates whose resumes most closely reflect the experience we currently seek for our open and upcoming requisitions. We always keep all resumes on file for future positions."|
Deborah Kanter, Employment Manager
Key Points to Remember When Using a Chronological Resume
- Detail only the last three to five positions or employment covering the last ten to fifteen years.
- Detail three or four accomplishments in each position with the most relevant ones in the top half of the resume.
- Show promotions, increased status and increased responsibility.
- Keep your resume to one page when possible, never more than two pages (unless writing a curriculum vitae).
An Example of a Chronlogical Resume
THOMAS B. JOHNSON
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