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Chronological Resumes

Chronological resumes present information in a timeline approach. Typically, the most recent work or educational experience is listed first, followed by the next most recent.

This is the most common type of resume. It illustrates how you have made progress towards your career objective through your employment history.

A chronological resume is best if you have demonstrated experience within your desired career field. It highlights the positions you have held and the companies for which you have worked.



  • Many employers and recruiters expect and prefer this format
  • Employers can easily scan chronological resumes
  • Provides a straightforward history of your work experiences


  • Can demonstrate a lack of work experience
  • Will show any gaps in employment history
  • Employers can guess your age if you include older experiences

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