Essentially, a chronological resume defines the order in which you are writing your credentials on your resume. Unlike the functional, the chronological resume follows this structure:
Employers prefer this type of resume as it is quite straightforward and easy to read. It follows a well-written structure and it’s concise. This makes it easier for them to get your point, get the information they need and assess your work experience and skills. At times, you will see that education may come before the work experience section, though this depends on the position and how relevant your degree or previous job roles are to the position.
Since the chronological resume mostly focuses on your work history, it is highly recommended that you use it if you have a strong working background. This means that you will have to list your work experience in reverse chronological order putting your current or most recent job at the top.
This also applies to the education section as it makes it easier for employers to read your resume and helps them get the most relevant information first, focusing on your most recent achievements instead of unnecessary details.
In order to ensure you include all the information you need in your resume, check out what should go in each section:
If you are currently looking for a job, you should create a few copies of your resume written in the chronological format. This will help you promote yourself to employers more effectively and as such increase your chances of landing your dream job!
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