What is a Chronological Resume?

A chronological resume simply means that employment history is listed prominently and typically dominates the content within the resume, reflecting the most recent job first, second oldest is listed second, and so on.

Surveys have shown the chronological resume is the most widely preferred layout amongst hiring and human resource managers.

The format is simple to compose; yet it can be difficult for the hiring manager to see position-related skills.

For instance, let’s say you’re going after a management position, yet your current position is within sales. The sales position is listed within the top section and becomes one of the first things that a reader learns about you. The candidate may have bunches of management experience, but it may be buried down into the body of the resume. This layout, therefore, may accommodate the hiring manager, but sometimes fails to help the candidate.

Chronological resumes consist of categories, such as summary, work experience, military career, certifications, education, and so on.

Here’s a Basic Example of a Chronological Resume:

John A. Doe
123 Street Name
City, State Zip
Phone | Email

Ten-year administrative professional, within the construction field, possesses extensive experience covering project start-up to closeout logistics. Knowledge covers small-dollar up to multimillion-dollar projects.


Office Manager, XXXX – XXXX
XYZ Companies, Inc., City, State
Managed this $20M construction company under the direction of the Project Manager and Director of Construction. Hired via phone solely upon recommendation from previous employer. Administrative duties included the issuance of proposals, contracts and change orders. Took the initiative to perform additional duties (research and resolution) to eliminate each co-workers overload. Worked closely with Project Engineer monitoring upcoming projects, for bid purposes, to include preparation of bid packages to mechanical, electrical, plumbing and flooring bidders.

* Saved the company as much as $30K per year by utilizing a complete office reorganization program, monitoring/reducing shrinkage, changing office procedures, and eliminating high-priced subcontractors and suppliers.

* Performed an extensive office cleanup, utilizing cold storage units, which increased office productivity by as much as 25%.

* Reorganized each workstation to include designated tables for various projects providing an effective workflow for the project manager, engineer and subcontractors.

Office Manager, XXXX – XXXX
XYZ Construction Company, City, State
Handled the complete set-up of new site office for this construction management company building a $19M drug facility. Worked closely with Project Manager and Engineer from ground breaking to final punch list items and closeout forms.

* Hired “sight-unseen” by current project manager due to immaculate work history with project manager and project coordinator on other projects.

* Issued all contractual documents, logs and purchased necessary office machinery and supplies.

* Received continual praise from superiors for persistent and consistent organizational skills and the ability to handle issues timely and without incident.

* Overlapped office duties to update cost items, distribute drawings/specifications to subcontractors, and maintain closeout documents.

Office Manager, XXXX – XXXX
XYZ & Associates, City, State
Performed office budgeting and assigning employees to complete pending projects on schedule while providing a quality finished product.

* Increased product line awareness, through mass mailings, increasing company profits by 25%.

* Recreated and redesigned each filing system to eliminate unnecessary time spent searching for documents.


Secretarial Degree Program (Two year)
John W. Harrold Educational Center


U.S. Military Mothers and Friends, Inc.
Parents Interested in Education, P.I.E.
Junior Assistant Troop Leader, G.S.U.S.A.
Brownie Troop Leader, G.S.U.S.A.

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