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What is a Chronological Resume?
The chronological resume organizes your career accomplishments starting with your most recent experience and goes backwards from there.
This way, hiring managers have a clear overview of your accomplishments and top achievements, with just a quick glimpse of your resume. After all, a recruiter only spends around seven seconds looking at a resume on average.
This format is well-suited to individuals with a longer work history, usually five years or more, because it shows career progression and the fuller spectrum of your experience.
Chronological formats also tend to be the most popular type of resume among recruiters because they give such a focus into what you've been able to achieve in other jobs — a hiring manager can then feel confident that you'll be able to bring that same success to their business.
When to Use a Chronological Resume Format
Use a chronological format if you have more than five-years’ experience in your industry.
Chronological formats are a great way to show that you have a consistent career progression and track record of success. Potential employers can focus on your abilities, accomplishments, and career advancement.
For those with very little experience (less than two years), employment gaps or recent graduates, you should consider the functional format. This type of format places the focus on your skills rather than your lack of professional experience.
If you have more than two years of work experience, but less than five, or you are applying for a position in another industry, consider a hybrid/combination resume. This format allows you to highlight your transferable skills to a new industry while balancing your skills and work experience in equal measure.