In a chronological resume you have to list your job experience in date order, starting with the most recent first.
The sections of a chronological resume are
- Personal Details
- Personal Profile or Job Objective
- Career & Related Accomplishments :
- Work Experience
- Professional Affiliations & Interest
When using this format you'll need to highlight job experience. It's a good choice when applying for work with traditional organisations or when you held a post that had an impressive title.
Remember that you don't have much time (40 seconds) to impress on your employer and convince him/her that you're the right match for the job advertised.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Chronological Resumes
- Your job titles and the organisations you have worked for are clearly shown.
- Your career is 'show cased' and the progression can be easily followed by the recruiter/employer.
- Your last job/school will be at the top of your chronological resume. As long as this is something you want your employer to see, a chronological resume is the right choice for you.
- Frequent job changes are clearly visible.
- Gaps in your career are clearly visible.
- If you held various functions in a company, this resume format is not your best option. Consider a functional resume instead.