How to Construct a Chronological Resume

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With today’s economy, more and more people are searching for jobs. After obtaining a job lead, a resume is what lands an interview. When writing a persuasive resume, you construct an advertisement that displays your assets and sells you for a specific job. A chronological resume list the information in order starting with the most recent job experience and education.

The top of a resume always begins with a name, residential address, email address (if one is available) and a telephone number.

A chronological resume should first list an objective, which will let the employer know the intentions of the applicant.

This type of resume quickly displays the applicant’s stability and promotion record. A chronological resume is typical of someone who shows steady growth in experience in a certain field. The chronological resume lists work history job by job, starting with the most recent position.

List the institution that you worked for beside each job title. Underneath the job title, place a time frame in which you worked for the institution. Next, insert bullets and list each responsibility that you had with this job. Repeat these steps for each job experience.

The education titles are placed in chronological order next, beginning with the most present. List the school name first with the city and state where the school is located beside it. Underneath the school name, put the starting and end dates that you attended this school. Insert bullets and list important facts, such as GPA and certificates that were earned.

After education, you will list special skills that you are proficient in. Remember to use bullets and list skills such as: specific computer skills, speaking skills, public relation skills, etc.

The last topic on the resume is honors and activities. Here you will list any groups that you were in or honors received.


*The chronological format shows titles in bold print for readability. A reference sheet is information of people you know along with their numbers that can give a good reference to the employer. You can add a reference sheet if you wish; another option is putting the statement “references upon request” at the end of the resume.

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