Chronological Resumes

Definition

The chronological resume is one of the three mainstream types of resume formats used today; the other formats being functional resumes and combination resumes.  As the name implies, a chronological resume is organized by job titles, which are listed in reverse chronological order.

Explanation

Potential employers or recruiters often prefer a chronological resume because the format is very efficient in explaining past work history.  The advantage of chronological resumes is that they highlight more recent job experiences, which might be applicable to the position being pursued, and allow the potential employer to easily follow career progression.

The primary disadvantage of chronological resumes is that if the writer has a gap in their career history, or a seemingly illogical career progression, this is easily visible with this format.

Example

The sections appearing in a chronological resume are as outlined below, and in the following order:

  1. Name / Contact Information
  2. Education
  3. Honors / Certificates
  4. Work Experience (in reverse chronological order)

While the chronological resume might be the most popular, the combination style is deemed the most marketable.

Related Terms

combination resume, functional resume, reverse chronological order, KSA, targeted resume