Use When

  • The name of your last employer is impressive.
  • You are staying in the same occupational field.
  • Your job history shows growth and development.
  • Previous job titles are highly impressive.
  • You apply for work in a highly traditional field, such as education, government, etc.

Do Not Use When

  • Your work history is "spotty."
  • You are changing careers.
  • You have changed jobs too often.
  • You do not want to draw attention to your age.
  • You have not worked for a while.
  • You are looking for your first job.


Following is a sample of the elements of a chronological resume:



Street Address, City, State, Zip Code
Phone Number (Include Area Code) E-mail or Fax Number


State the position or job title you are seeking.


State the skills/keywords as they pertain to the job for which you are applying.


Can also be called "Work Experience," "Professional Experience," or "Work History." Begin with the most recent position and work backwards. Job Title, Name of Employer, City, State (Dates)
Description of job duties, responsibilities and accomplishments, stating examples. List should be in order of importance in relation to the job objective.


Diploma/Certificate/GED/College Degree, Name of School, City, State.
Include anything related to job objective, including training seminars, vo-tech school, internships, etc.


List branch and dates. May list specialty, skills, duty station, rank, and discharge.


(Optional) Use only when supporting the job objective.


(Optional) Use only when supporting the job objective. Can include memberships, travel, community activities, hobbies, etc. 

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