The chronological resume (also referred to as reverse-chronological)
format is by far, the most common resume layout in use. In using this
format, the main body of the document becomes the Professional
Experience section, starting from the most recent experience going
chronologically backwards through a succession of previous experience.
This resume works to build credibility through experience gained,
while illustrating career growth over time.
Individuals with any of these conditions may effectively consider a
chronological resume.:
* A successive career background in the field or of similar
distinction to the next job being sought after.
* Someone with limited work history, however, gaining experience in
areas of competency applicable to the sought position through some
previous work.
* Job seekers with a steady track record, without significant lapses
in employment.
The outline for a chronological or reverse-chronological resume will
generally follow this type of pattern:
Name and Address Header
Opening Headline, Objective or Occupational Title
A brief Summary of Qualifications
Professional Experience as main body of the document
Education and specific Computer, Software or Equipment Skills or
Training
Breakdown: This resume format starts with a brief summary or objective
section. Qualification Highlights sections are optional and are
considered to be part of the summary section. Experience is then
listed to follow the summary. Job descriptions are listed in reverse
chronological order starting from most recent experience to least
recent experience. The education section is next and then can be
followed with additional sections such as: Publications, Professional
Affiliations, Awards, Honors, Volunteer Work, etc.
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