Student Success Centre

Chronological Resumes

This type of resume is one the most commonly used and, therefore, the most recognizable format by employers. The emphasis is on your varied work history and your work experiences are arranged in reverse chronological order (most recent being first).

Chronological Resumes Always Include:

Headings

Consider using these headings (some are required):

Advantages

Disadvantages
  • most employers are familiar with this style
  • easy to prepare and read
  • provides clear snapshot of experience as well as campus and community involvement
  • useful if your experience is related to the position
  • works well for people with years of related work experience
  • clearly illustrates gaps in employment
  • shows frequency of job changes if they exist
  • shows lack of career progress and experience
  • focuses on your work history rather than your skills
  • may disadvantage new graduates who lack related experience