Chronological Resume


Chronological Resume Overview

A chronological resume typically works best for those with solid and progressively improving work histories.  It can be especially compelling if your work history is a close match to the job you are seeking. Another advantage of the chronological resume is it is the format most commonly used. As such, it is pretty much accepted by all interviewers and is the recommended format for most situations. It also works well with electronic screening software, e.g., applicant tracking systems (ATS).

A chronological resume describes your work history, starting with your most recent job, and working backwards. Because it is chronological and includes dates of employment and job title, it highlights past advancement from one position to another. Chronological resumes will typically also include a brief description of the duties of each job and point out special accomplishments while in the job. This gives the applicant an opportunity to highlight skills and unique competencies.

Some of the reasons for the popularity of chronological resumes among interviewers include: 1) the ease in which job progression can be determined, 2) the clearer view it gives of skills and accomplishments as they apply to particular jobs held, and 3) the greater value most interviewers place on recent accomplishments.