Chronological Resumé

A chronological resumé lists your experience and education in historical order. Present your job history with the most recent (or present) job listed first. Titles and organizations are emphasized as are duties and accomplishments.


This type of resumé emphasizes continuity and career growth. It highlights the employer’s name and is an easy form for the reader to follow. The format is best used when there are long, uninterrupted periods of employment or when your career direction is clear, and your job target is directly in line with your work history.


Because information regarding employment are the dominant features on the page, it is more difficult to highlight significant facts, skills and accomplishments. Employers may look at the chronological work history pattern and miss some important achievements.

Rules for the Chronological Resumé

  • Start with present or most recent position and work backward, with more space devoted to recent employment.
  • Detail only the last four or five positions, covering the last ten years. Summarize early positions unless exceptionally relevant to the present.
  • Use month and year designations when possible. If you can’t remember the months, use year designations.
  • Stress the major accomplishments and responsibilities within each position that demonstrates your full competency to do the job.
  • Keep your job target in mind as you describe prior positions and accomplishments. Emphasize those which are the most related to the position for which you are applying.
  • Education is not included in chronological order. If you graduated within the past five years, it should go at the top of the resumé. If not, place the information at the bottom of the resumé.

Sample Resumé

Paula White, RPR
2386 Hillside Way
Denver, Colorado 80203
Home: 303.555.0829
Work: 303.555.8512
Objective: A position as court reporter with Denver District Court.

Maintain an excellent rapport and record of accuracy with officials of the Denver District Court.

Broadened my experience while self-employed by taking depositions in attorney's offices and covering proceedings of the Colorado legislature.

Capture 230 words per minute.

Experience: Self-Employed Denver, Colorado
Court Reporter August 1994 to Present

Took depositions for attorneys and documented proceedings of the Colorado legislature, company meetings, conventions and other private activities.

Learned latest court reporting technology.

Denver District Court Denver, Colorado
Court Reporter July 1988 to June 1994

Recorded legal proceedings in trials and hearings with stenotype machine.

Loaded output on computer disks, printed out documents and proofread them.

Hillyard Paper Supplies Denver, Colorado
Secretary June 1984 to June 1988

Provided primary secretarial support for manufacturing manager.

Word processed correspondence, reports and other documents.

Answered telephone calls, directing them to appropriate parties.

Education: Rocky Mountain Vocational College Denver, Colorado

Associate of Arts in Court Reporting

Accredited by the National Court Reporters Association

Registration: Registered Professional Reporter
References: Available upon request

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