Chronological Resume

This resume style lists your work history in reverse chronological order (most recent job first).

Chronological resumes are the most commonly used format, and for good reason. Most employers prefer candidates who have current or very recent experience in their career fields. The more experienced a potential new employee is, the less likely it will be that the employer will have to spend time and money to train them after they’re hired.

If you have a straightforward work history – one where you have work experience in the job area you are targeting, with few significant unemployment gaps – then a chronological resume is the way to go. While it’s fine to include two or three job descriptions in your “Professional Experience” section, you shouldn’t present more than 15 years of work history. Doing so may result in your application being screened out by employers guilty of “ageism.

Here’s an example of a Chronological Resume